I would be interested to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this from DMOZ.
Today, I was working late so that I might get a little time off on my birthday tomorrow. Just after 10pm I checked my stats and found that an editor from DMOZ was checking out my website. This was great news to me as I have recently requested inclusion in the DMOZ directory.
Just after midnight, I went to my site and saw that I had a new comment. The commenter had used my name and an attempt at guessing my email when leaving his/her comment. What’s more, he/she had really laid into me personally and my company. I decided to go back to my stats to see what I could see. To my surprise, it was the DMOZ editor.
I decided to screenshot the stats to show proof that the visitor is a DMOZ editor, as well as their IP Address and location.
If you think those two sites bear any relativity to SEO, you need your bumps felt mate. Pseudo plastic services, selling their snake-oil by FUD, my sites don’t have a page rank of 6? Indeed, and how many small businesses do? You also need to proof read the sites you have done work on, I spotted three errors in a quick peruse, and that’s just spelling and grammar.
Then it goes on to be a bit more personal. I’ll spare you that and stick to what’s relevant.
The two sites in question are linked from one of my posts that point you to two free SEO tests. They are not owned by me, I am not affiliated to them and I stand to gain nothing from sending you to them. They are just two websites where you can get a quick snapshot view of your SEO, without giving out your email.
My site doesn’t have a page rank of six either. Most small businesses don’t get to, or need to get to PR6. As a company, we explain this to our clients. We would end up looking pretty stupid if we did not.
If the editor had spent more time checking out my site, (you know the one that he/she was looking at for DMOZ), he/she would have seen that quite a large number of my clients, run their own websites. Many of my clients start with a free WordPress template.
If he/she had not got so uptight about two other sites, he/she would know that we put traffic generation before design if the budget doesn’t stretch to both. You know, traffic, that thing that is the lifeblood of a business website.
He/she might have read any number of articles here at the site that was to be checked. Many of these articles are there to help small business owners better understand how a websites works for a business. How there are many things that a business can do to avoid spending unnecessarily with a company like my own.
He/she did visit the testimonials page but failed to see that I have very happy clients with websites that are scoring well for relevant search terms. Even though the websites have a few errors in the grammar and the HTML.
In an ideal world, my clients would have great designs, great SEO, great sales copy and great marketing. Sadly this is not an ideal world and I have to do the very best I can with the given budget. This often means making some sacrifices to ensure that the important stuff is done. The important stuff being business.
The editor from DMOZ finished, by saying that I had wasted his/her time. Funny because I thought it was me who thought carefully about the wording of my listing. Typed it out and submitted it, only to have someone come along and judge me and my business on the strength of two links.
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IMPORTANT UPDATE! 28th/01/2012
After posting this article I am happy to announce that since re-submitting my website to Dmoz, it has been excepted in the directory. It’s only fair that I thank the editor that came back and judged my blog on its content, not on the two links mentioned.