DMOZ Competition

Are you still waiting around to get listed on DMOZ? It takes forever. Maybe it’s worth taking a look at the closest DMOZ competitors. The following is an analysis of the closest competitors to the Open Direcoty Project. Thanks for checking out my Top-10 DMOZ Competitors list! Please leave a comment or suggestions.

What is a Directory?

Website Directories are search engines created, edited and monitored by human beings. Human editors review submissions and decide ultimately what listings the directories have. Getting your website listed with the web’s key directories is important because it attracts new visitors and other search engines will see these listings.

There are a lot of directories on the web that utilize DMOZ, the ones listed below are not associated with the Open Directory Project because that wouldn’t be a true competitor.

DMOZ Alexa Rank:

1. Yahoo! Directory

Yahoo Directory

Description: The Yahoo! Directory is the web’s most popular as you can see from the traffic comparison below. Although, I believe the 3-rank is for Yahoo! iteself, not the directory. Desite this, undoubtedly, the Yahoo! directory is the largest rival to DMOZ. The directory was Yahoo’s primary method of search until 2002 when the change to crawler-based searches was implemented (source).

Cost: Free (takes as long as DMOZ to get listed) or $299/annually (cut-the-line fee)

Submit your Site

Note: Payment is required for any commercial website.

Alexa Rank:

2. ZoomInfo

Zoom Info

Description: ZoomInfo has been around since 1999 and is a directory of people and businesses. For individuals: to get listed on the directory it isn’t that hard, you can visit this link here and sign-up. For Companies, apparently this feature isn’t released yet but you can be notified when it is by visiting the current Add New Company page.

Alexa Rank:

3. Best of the Web Directory

Best of the Web Directory Logo

Description: Best of the Web Directory claims to be the Internet’s oldest directory. Whether this is true or not I don’t know for sure, but getting listed on this directory is not free. Please see the cost below prices below. The Alexa ranking for the site is below DMOZ.

Cost: $149/annually or $299.95/one-time-fee

Submit Your Site

Alexa Rank:

4. The Pegasus Directory

The Pegasus Directory

Description: Pegasus is a good directory that boasts a higher traffic rating than other price comparable directories. If you elect to pay for a listing the customer service has a good standing review for fast service according to the directory critics.

Cost: Free (w/ or w/o reciprical) $27/annually or $69/Lifetime

Submit Your Site

Alexa Rank:

5. Fat Info

Fat Info Web Directory

Description: Fat Directory is really good directory and what really I like is their insistence on good grammar and spelling as well as the hints and tips it offers to ensure you are completing the submittion form correctly. To suggest your site simply navigate to the appropriate directory and click Suggest Link

Cost: Free

Submit Your Site

Alexa Rank:

6. Index King

Index King Web Directory

Description: Index King is affordable, fast and free for those not looking to part with $4 dollars. Even though I submitted a free listing their editors responded to support email and helped in categorizing my website. Overall, Index King is provides goo service and is a reliable directory with decent traffic.

Cost: Free or $4/yr for Featured Links

Submit Your Site

Alexa Rank:

7. The Internet Public Library: IPL2


Description: The IPL2 project “ipl2 is the result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII).” Getting listed on the site, like most directories it seems, isn’t the fastest process.

Alexa Rank:

8. Go Guides

GoGuides Logo

Description: Go Guides is a website similar to DMOZ in that content (websites) is reviewed prior to being published. GoGuides also uses a rating system that assigns rank to each website. Each ranking is determined based on the overall look-and-feel of the website, content, and ease of navigation. Websites with a “three people” ranking appear first in the topic in alphabetical order by title.

Cost: $69.95 one-time fee.

Submit Your Site

Alexa Rank:

9. Your Joker

Your Joker Web Directory

Description: This is a good directory in that it’s human edited and free. The problem is there’s a lot of ads all over the place and not very user friendly IMO. It is definitely worth submitting your site to this index. To submit a link you have to register (bummer) then browse to the appropriate category for your website and click Suggest a Link

Cost: Free

Submit Your Site

Alexa Rank:

10. The Internet Web Directory

The Internet Web Directory

Description: Go Guides is a website similar to DMOZ in that content (websites) is reviewed prior to being published. GoGuides also uses a rating system that assigns rank to each website. Each ranking is determined based on the overall look-and-feel of the website, content, and ease of navigation. Websites with a “three people” ranking appear first in the topic in alphabetical order by title.

Cost: Free (must post a valid link-back on you website), Basic $2/year, Premium $14.95/year

Submit Your Site

Alexa Rank:

Want to submit to more directories? I suggest you check out the Directory Critic. Here you’ll find hundreds of directories that you can submit your website to.

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24 Responses to “Top-10 DMOZ Competitors (Open Directory Project)”

  1. Ashley Bolivar

    From experience I know that getting listed on DMOZ takes more time than it does to watch paint dry. 🙂 Thanks for the other directories I am most interested in zominfo and just listed my information.


  2. Franck

    Hi. I’m french. Your post can interest lot of people in France. So, if you re ok, i can copy it on a french blog. 😉

  3. Flossie Mouse

    Many thanks for the well-written article. I appreciate it. You have a very good website.

  4. Nichol Vil

    You have given a nice list of directories. Even I feel That it takes a very long time to get listed on Dmoz. It’s always a good idea to submit a site in the directories that you have mentioned.

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  6. Synchronium

    First off, useful post. Got some of these directories open in tabs for later.

    Wouldn’t normally leave a comment, but just thought you should know that all the comments on this post, excluding the first and next to last are automatic spam. Might want to sharpen up your spam filter…

  7. Lester Lewis

    alllllllll dead

  8. Rajeev Saxena

    I tried to submit my website on above links but some seems to be broken.

    – Rajeev Saxena

  9. inori

    I wanted to submit a site (not mine, but one that I like and wanted to try it out). The site is
    But most of these directories were no longer valid.

  10. Akshay

    this will be very helpful for my website

  11. kilatoo

    These links are still valid? I’m looking for free white directories for

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    check popular directories for

  13. American Classifieds

    You may want to include http://www.Freenewspaper.Org in your listing of sites like Dmoz. It is free, fast and human-edited, comes with no registration at all. Freenewspaper.Org is a long established 10-year old domain that has given free Search Engine Submission service for many years till the website was recently upgraded to a directory. Freenewspaper.Org has Google PageRank 2 status among other benefits to have your website presence there.

  14. Ronak Doshi

    Very Helpful for safe directory submissions

  15. Ovidiu Curic

    Just checked now, October 2016, all the directories listed here are gone. DMOZ has no more competition.

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