July 2006

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Google has decided to follow MSN’s lead and allow webmasters more control of the ODP site titles and description snippet displayed in their search results.

Google’s creation of sites’ titles and descriptions (or “snippets”) is completely automated and takes into account both the content of a page as well as references to it that appear on the web. While we’re unable to manually change titles or snippets for individual sites, please be assured that we’re always working to make them as relevant as possible. One source we use to generate snippets is the Open Directory Project. You can direct us not to use this as a source by adding a meta tag to your pages.

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Yahoo! Directory

Every so often you read a discussion at one of the webmaster forums regarding the benefits of a Yahoo Directory listing and the advantages or disadvantages in Google.

The first complaint I always hear is the pricing – a $299.00 annually recurring fee for review. As Yahoo’s directory is professionally edited, unlike the Open Directory Project which is edited by volunteers, it’s not surprising that there is a fee.

In order to maintain a listing in their directory, your site is subject to an annual review, and someone is paid to review your site. From checking our log files, it appears that Yahoo editors perform a much more thorough review than the volunteers at the Open Directory Project.

Personally, I can live with the fee if I can’t get a site accepted for free. Yes, Yahoo does add sites for free.

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