It’s Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Austin, Texas
Problems with your DMOZ listing?
A tip on how to override an outdated description
We had a problem with our DMOZ listing on Google. We wrote it years ago and it described things we did way back when but no long provide, like hosting. We had writen DMOZ many times to update it, but nothing happened. Doing some research on the web I read that a number of people were reporting this problem. There was one business that used to be a husband and wife team, but were now divorced and they could not get DMOZ to change their listing. So add this code to your pages:
<meta name=”robots” content=”noydir,noodp” />
Here's what Matthew Diehl has written about it and we have taken his advice:
The noydir and noodp are Meta Robots commands that instruct search engine bots on how to handle the usage of data for your site in the Yahoo! Directory and the Open Directory Project/DMOZ Directory.
The noydir command corresponds to the Yahoo! Directory and the noodp command correlates to DMOZ.
When a site is listed in the Yahoo! Directory there is a title and description associated with that listing. So, Yahoo! started showing that title and description as the linking text and snippet text in the search engine results page (SERP) whenever that website would show up (most commonly only the homepage). The noydir command overrides this functionality and gives control back to the website owner to control the linking and snippet text in the SERPs via the Title tag and Meta Description tag on their website. By regaining this control you can adjust those fields whenever desired.
The same functionality goes for the noodp command. However, this is directed at Google. Google partnered with ODP to power the Google Directory so if you website was listed in DMOZ then Google would pull that listing information as the linking and snippet text in the Google SERPs. The noodp overrides that functionality and give you control back.
The most common implementation is to do both commands simultaneously as in your question like such:
<meta name=”robots” content=”noydir,noodp” /> (content field order does not matter)
They can also be listed separately as such:
<meta name=”robots” content=”noydir” />
<meta name=”robots” content=”noodp” />
You can also direct the commands to the specific bots as such:
<meta name=”googlebot” content=”noodp” />
<meta name=”slurp” content=”noydir” />
Matthew Diehl is the Senior SEO Strategist at Charles River Interactive a nationally recognized search engine marketing agency located in suburban Boston, MA that focuses on delivering ROI and driving businesses' potential online through search.
We thank Matthew for solving our problem this this great tip.
big breakthrough in color research
Scientists have discovered the favorite Viking colors and now you can use them in your website!
be prepared - choose wisely
Here are some helpful hints and direction on the skills and knowledge your web designer should have.
save as many as you can!
With Austin making headlines and ending up on virtually every "Top 10 Best City for..." lists -- we now have about 150 people moving here daily!! We figured we should warn potential new residents of the hidden dangers of moving to Austin.
How I discovered my ancestor Pocahontas and her Sullivan family descendants of Northern Virginia using the web - a genealogy posting by Bob Atchison.
As you have probably read it has been extensively reported that Golden Gate Killer was found using data from GEDmatch. It's an amazing story.
Hummingbird Farms, the famous maker of body lotions seen on QVC , upgrades website with huge new product images, which increases sales
Here are some images showing my favorite semi-precious stone animals with jeweled eyes from my collection and stories of the stones and where they come from.
When users install or upgrade to Windows 10, "display scaling" may be turned on "by default" to either 125% or 150% resulting in blurriness when viewing websites or applications on certain monitors.
Bob Atchison's guide to find rare, antique and cabbagey roses to order online. Here you'll find the best sources with roses I especially love and recommend for your garden.
If you are a realtor or real estate broker, you need a website to advertise your business and attract new clients. Get clients to stay on your website by providing access to Multiple Listing Service (MLS) real estate listings.
The unspoken fear all web designers dread - you've been asked to use cursive fonts! There is no escape... yes, it has happened to me, Bob Atchison, many times and I have the battle scars to prove it. Here are some cursive fonts I actually like.
Is Scotty Bowers, the famous Hollywood pimp telling the truth about Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn being gay? Here's a confirming story...