Posted 16 February 2009 - 06:03 PM
I am not sure if this is the right forum to ask this question. This is concerning web site promotion rather than web site development.
There was a time when it was thought that to get listed in different Search Engines, an web site had to be first included in Open Directory Project (ODP), because they feed the different Search Engines with web site information. It was probably partially true then (not totally true I know from my personal experience), but is it true now (even partially)?
I think many less known Search Engines get their feed from Google these days. Though ODP claims Google is one of their clients (Google Directory is), I don't believe it. I have many web sites. None of them are in ODP. But they are listed by ALL major (and probably minor) Search Engines.
I submitted my web sites to ODP many times in the past with no luck. Is it worth trying again? Does any user (individual) really use ODP? Do the Search Engines really rely on ODP listing these days?
My question is, is it okay to kick ODP and devote my time elsewhere to promote my web sites? Or is there a hidden string attached somewhere?
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