What Will Be The Quality of DMOZ If Nofollow Is Added?

Oct 6, 2007 | 4,222 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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In a recent thread titled, "Should the ODP/DMOZ Use NoFollow Tags" at WebmasterWorld, a very interesting question was raised by the members. After a lot of useless submissions overwhelming the editors at DMOZ, will the inclusion of nofollow will stop these superfluous submissions and make the editors' lives easier?

Most of the members think that it won't, as Nofollow doesn't even stop spammers. It is not yet clear, as why would DMOZ, which purports to be a quality directory, wants to work with nofollow.

One of the member stated that, " nofollow is for links the site owner does not trust. At the moment a site link is added to DMOZ, the site clearly is trusted — otherwise it would not be added. No obvious case there, either."

Even the moderator pageoneresults says "Human Edited content should not require use of the nofollow attribute."

There are some users, who disagree on this statement. They raise the question that "What if a site that was included in DMOZ deteriorates in quality over time? Human edited content works for one time only unless there is a constant review of sites. Old links may lose trust.

A few possible solutions are proposed by the members, like:

  • A system of checks and balances with multiple editors within a specific category
  • Ability for the average user to flag inappropriate results

There is a lot more going on the WebmasterWorld thread. To check out the thread and join the discussion, click here.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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