And There You Have It: DMOZ is Bad.

I used to think DMOZ is the holy grail of web directories. Turns out I’m wrong. Being controlled by human beings, DMOZ is also prone to–and is in all likelihood riddled with–corruption, just like the rest of the intarwebs. Jeremy Shoemaker writes about his experience with a DMOZ editor attempting to extort five grand out of him or else would be removed from the listings.

A while back I got a email from a guy claiming to be a DMOZ editor saying that I had to pay him $5,000.00 or he would have my site: removed from the dmoz.

I thought nothing of it…. then today I got a email from him saying it was removed and I might want to rethink not paying him. I thought I would check just for grins.

It was removed… WOW

Google seriously its time for you to aquire a business directory that has paid inclusion. There is so much porn and spam in the dmoz its a huge black eye for you. just got scooped up but there is another one that might be able to get got for a nice price *cough* best of the web *cough*


What was that again about Google saying paid links were bad?

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2 feisty cowboys

  1. How could a site that was banned from being listed, ever be threatened with removal?

    You cannot remove something that hasn’t been listed!

    The site was banned in 2005 when the owner tried to bribe editors for a listing. Without a listing, there was nothing to remove.

    eric said this on August 31, 2007 2:28 am

  2. I’ve been editing at Dmoz almost since the start. We see a lot of outrageous claims about us occasionally, but this one is pretty obvious even if you can’t see our logs and know for certain his story is bunk.
    Start with the number. $5000. Does ANYONE on the planet think a dmoz listing is worth a fraction of that? The listings are free, but one guy is gonna pay $5k?
    Move on to the fact that Dmoz staff offered to summarily can the editor if Shoe supplies the email to identify them. Does he respond to get justice? Nope. Strike two.

    A little check on the Wayback Machine offers strike three. Even without the logs you don’t find his site listed recently.

    Shoemoney got the bloggers to roll the wagons in a circle to protect their own. He failed to mention it was just a linkbait scam. Then again, it DID work. That is terribly sad, but while it might be a sign of something, it isn’t about Dmoz corruption.
    Hopefully this will eventually become a textbook test case for bloggers to fact-check so they aren’t left holding the bag while some bozo like Shoe profits from their trust.

    Rob Jones said this on September 3, 2007 4:19 pm