Why Our Site Was Removed from the Open Directory ProjectWritten by K.D. Wiseman
Our website, http://www.bestofthehome.com has been listed in Open Directory Project for over a year. Recently, I conducted a search of ODP for my site, to update it, and found that it was no longer listed in any category.
I went to ODP forums http://resource-zone.com to try to obtain information as to why this had happened. The editors and moderators of forum informed me that websites that sell products via drop-ship method do not get listed in ODP, “because content of these websites are not unique and sites are just “order takers” for wholesalers.” ODP will gladly list wholesalers if they meet ODP guidelines.
The guidelines for a site to be listed in ODP Shopping/Home and Garden/Furniture Category are listed below:
“Submission guidelines include that web site itself actually be a means of selling Furniture products. Thus, appropriate product images and descriptions, specific product pricing and a means of ordering from web site itself are required to qualify as a "Shopping" site.”
As you can see, guidelines say nothing about fact that if website uses dropship method that they will not be listed. Even category descriptions, Sites which sell Furniture used in home are listed in this category. Please note that web sites listed in this or any Furniture Shopping category must be "means of selling" furniture, and therefore must properly display and describe products for sale, give specific prices and provide a means of ordering product from site itself.” does not mention anything about dropship websites not being listed.
In our own case, our website meets all of requirements above, we list products for sale, we have pictures and descriptions of all products we sell, give specific prices and provide a means of ordering product on site, but since we do not design and manufacture products we are considered a drop-shipper for wholesaler.
The OPD, by their own admission, looks at dropship websites in this fashion, and these are direct quotes from some of moderators on forum,
“Let's call real businesses "mom-and-pop businesses" and other ... oh, I think "pseudonymous fright wigs for anonymous faceless giant corporations" pretty well covers relevant facts.”
“drop shippers are a variety of affiliate operation, they don't offer anything unique, and they act merely as an extension of marketing department of corporation they are affiliated with. Therefore we don't list 'em. Renting storage space in someone else's warehouse to store your own goods, using an independent courier to deliver, etc. don't make someone a drop shipper. But then again independent distributor of mass market stuff is unlikely to make it in if we already have sites selling same mass market stuff listed. Unique content is king. In addition, a site's placement in directory is subject to change or deletion at any time at our sole discretion. ”
How my page rank went from 0 to 5 in one update. How yours can too.Written by Joe Balestrino
Increase Your Google Page Rank!
This article will put a damper on web sites that sell information which will supposedly increase your page rank. I may make some enemies here, but this is already common knowledge. In fact, to make sure it worked, I designed a new site just for this purpose. Before you shell out money for an ebook, software, or CD telling you how to do this; read this article. If you achieve great results after following my advice and feel it was worth some money, feel free to write me a check for any amount you choose. I 'll add my own zeros.
Page Rank. We all know what is. We all want to rank higher. Higher rankings mean a lot of things to a lot of people. To web masters it means achievement. They have accomplished a move in right direction. A high page rank to a website owner is money in bank. It is also an impressive accomplishment. To other website owners your page rank may be a source of envy.
To Google your page rank means quality, importance and relevancy. It lets Google know you are a viable resource and a valuable asset. Google takes your Page Rank and combines it with their text-matching techniques. This, combined with a page’s content and content of pages linking to it, determines if your site is a good match. So, a higher Page Rank will certainly help you on Google.
As for surfers. Most of them could care less about your Page Rank. In fact, many of them don't even know what it is. However, those that do use it in a different way. Some use it as a way to unofficially gauge your credibility.
Ok, I am sure you've been wondering when I was going to tell you about how to achieve a ranking like I did. I went from a 0 Page Rank to a 5. Now, mind you, I did not purchase any links from high ranking sites, or any sites for that matter. I did not launch a link exchange program. I did exchange links with about five directories related to my site’s topic, but that was it. Actually, 97% of my links are all one-way links (links pointing to my site).
So, how did I do it? Any ideas? If you know SEO you may already know answer. Link Farms? Of, course not. We know Google will frown on that method. Did I design or optimize sites and add my URL? Hmmm..Yes! However, that is a small percent of success. SEO companies don’t usually add their URL to sites they have optimized. Ok, so what else?