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Anyway as I said above I am good friends with the owners of BOTW so obviously I am biased. I am curious to hear your thoughts on the deal if in fact BOTW is the new owners of the DMOZ directory.
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from wheel 2142 Days ago #
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Not sure I like the idea conceptually, makes me a bit uncomfortable. But if anyone’s going to take it over, BOTW folks are the ones to do it. Of course, they’re buying it to monetize it - so the question is how are they going to monetize it? Probably paid listings. And then what happens to all the unpaid editors? Fired? Expected to work for free for a for-profit org?

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from ShaneEubanks 2142 Days ago #
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As long as they weed out a large portion of the "editors" currently in DMOZ.  The quality of DMOZ has tanked over the years in my opinion.  SOMEone needs to take it over and save the sinking ship.

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from mikemurray 2142 Days ago #
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I think the editors could remain; the standards may change, and that could be a good thing (maybe better systems about whether a request is in the que or some kind of status).

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from SexyGirl 2142 Days ago #
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Does DMOZ still pull its weight with SE importance anymore?  I thought DMOZ was near-death a couple of years ago?!

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from finalrune 2141 Days ago #
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Interesting to see where this goes.  DMOZ has definitely been bunk for a while, but it’s amazing how much power Google still gives it.

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from IncrediBILL 2141 Days ago #
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Sounds like a complete waste of money that BOTW could use better in other ways.

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from MikeDammann 2141 Days ago #
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I disagree. DMOZ may be garbage quality wise, but as a brand it carries value. Of course, it will all depend on what the new owners will do with it whether or not it’s going to benefit them.

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from iamlost 2141 Days ago #
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Besides whatever SE residual value, DMOZ still drives 1.3 to 2-million (Compete and Quantcast variants) worth of traffic monthly.Indeed, an ’added’ value of directory traffic (including BOTW) is that it is NOT SE traffic. Diversification is a good thing.It could also jump BOTW into the ranks of the big directories, clean up and rehabilitate DMOZ, and provide genuine competition to Yahoo and Business.com. Plus leapfrog JoeAnt.:)Lot’s of upside for BOTW. Depending upon the price.

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from CameronOlthuis 2141 Days ago #
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BOTW ftw!!

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from Jill 2141 Days ago #
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Mike, I don’t think DMOZ has a brand outside of the SEO community.

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from IncrediBILL 2141 Days ago #
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@mike - a garbage brand is still garbageAnd DMOZ is synonymous with DUMPSTER at this point.You average webmaster has never heard of it, couldn’t care less, etc.If they’re just buying traffic, fine, maybe for the right price.If they’re buying a brand, it’s a tarnished brand, spend that money pumping BOTW instead.

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from YellowSEO 2104 Days ago #
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I wonder if news of the dmoz possiblely being sold this has anything to due with the dmoz being dropped from the webmaster guidelines?

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from williamsm 2086 Days ago #
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I agree with you, so is this article http://www.mogs.com/uo-gold, check it out.

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