As I have researched over the years on search engines and the value of directories and “valuable resources” on the web, I have found two things that are self-evident.
- DMOZ is a wonderful idea, however, it is inherently flawed.
- Wikipedia is a collection of information that is biased and should carry considerably less value than is given.
DMOZ – the Open Directory Project
The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.
The fact of the matter, DMOZ is a ship with no captain and no direction. It just floats out on the web as an archaic website with no ability to get on track and become relevant again.
Here is an example:
Go to DMOZ.org and click “business” then “accounting” then “by region” then “United Kingdom.”
You will be given 170 results in this category.
Now, with the use of a search engine, a query of “business accounting united kingdom” returns:
33,900,000 results from Google.com
5,960,000 results from Yahoo! Search
2,119,000 results from Ask.com
567,521 results from MSN – Live Search
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, an online community of people interested in building a high-quality encyclopedia in a spirit of mutual respect.
When doing research, Wikipedia claims that it is not a blog, however, the similarities still exist. The concept that “anyone” can edit information, however, this is couldn’t be further from the truth. Like DMOZ, Wikipedia should go away, or at least should not be as highly valued by search engines when ranking results.
Here is an example:
Wikipedia has an article about Google that is just less than 3,000 words.
Now, with the use of a search engine, a query of “google” returns:
792,000,000 results from Google.com
727,000,000 results from Yahoo! Search
235,380,000 results from Ask.com
66,590,409 results from MSN Live Search
Wikipedia and DMOZ are not the most valuable resource for research on the internet, search engines are. I am not implying that the results returned are more relevant, however, there is much more information from other sources that is not included in Wikipedia and DMOZ, however, because the editors of Wikipedia and DMOZ choose what is, and more importantly, what is not contained in the listing, it should not be valued any higher than any other website on the given topic (or any blog for that matter)!
I am not saying that you should immediately request your listing from either be removed, but I think that the search engines should consider the facts and devalue these sites because they are becoming less relevant and they do not appear to be working on improving themselves in any way.
What do you think, is DMOZ or Wikipedia still relevant, or have they ever?
What can they do to correct their problems to provide for a better user experience?