At present, many websites have completely or partially copied ODP (opendirectory Project). These websites or some websites use ODP scripts to reformat the data on the websites. These websites or some websites are useless and have no new original content. It is reported that search engines, especially Google, are removing or banning such sites. Why are search engines opposed to Dmoz cloning sites? Is this data worthless or is it misused by the website owner? We will try to find our reason, but before that, let us first understand all about Dmoz Directory
What is Dmoz Directory (ODP)
OpenDirectory project is the web’s largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory. It is owned by Time Warner, built and maintained by a large global community of volunteer editors, and is unique in many ways. The Open Directory, also known as DMOZ (domain name of ODP), is a large classified website and page directory composed of volunteers. Every website and page added to the catalog must be manually reviewed before being included. Since its index is manually constructed and edited, its classification and relevance are better than any other similar indexes, and it is also unique, because the data is open and can be copied for free. As of July 2005, ODP has approximately 4.6 million lists. These lists come from the manuscripts of approximately 69,000 editors and are divided into more than 580,000 categories.
How was this free data used to make a Dmoz clone?
There are many ODP scripts that can clone ODP. These scripts enable you to add real-time data from the opendirectory project on dmoz.org to your own website using a template-based system that is very easy to customize. Users can browse and search the categories of the website. These scripts dynamically fetch the real-time content of opendirectory and format it to generate your own version of opendirectory. These are small scripts. With a few files just uploaded to your server, you can get thousands of Dmoz catalog pages on your website in your own template design. These scripts only get real-time data from Dmoz.org, it has no original new content.
Will Dmoz clone bring traffic?
Webmasters do not like Dmoz clone sites because they do not have original content, but duplicate content. No one would like to link to a website or vote for a website with duplicate content. Most people won’t even browse your catalog. Most people will only browse pages 2-10 of your directory. They will only leave and never come back.
Why are search engines opposed to Dmoz cloning?
There are many reasons, which can be explained as:
there is no original content, which requires a high-quality website.
Copy the content because all scripts extract real-time data from Dmoz and create thousands of similar pages on the web.
The Dmoz directory has more than 580,000 categories. If thousands of websites will grab real-time content from Dmoz, it will result in the creation of millions of similar pages, which makes the web a garbage dump of similar pages without any new content.
Google has a clone or advertising of thousands of pages of advertising
part of Dmoz a lot of webmasters just created, get inbound links from thousands of pages to increase link popularity and search engine ranking
text link advertiser also created Dmoz cloned to sell thousands of links on the page to increase the popularity of text link advertising buyers.
What kind of Dmoz clone search engines will like
search engine is concerned, if you can modify and enhance the data retrieved from Dmoz and presented in a unique format, then it will certainly be search engines, webmasters and web surfers Favored. Google has its own directories. It obtains data from Dmoz, but is enhanced by Google technology to rank sites by page ranking on each directory.
The use of ODP clone scripts is just to make simple ODP clones, and search engines will ban access to your site due to duplicate content. Therefore, it is recommended not to use this almost useless script on important websites or websites that rank high in search engines. Many ODP clone script maker websites are banned because too many websites have duplicate content (because they all have Dmoz clones) linking to them. The owners of these scripts require linking site URLs as “Powered by…” in the footer, which will lead to inbound links to agricultural or similar pages. Therefore, if you want your website or directory to be safe and run for a longer period of time, then have original and unique content in it, which will not only make it rank, but also get good traffic, your website, increase its Reputation.