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This chart summarizes key details about submitting to the major directories, which unlike search engines, use humans to categorize sites.
Open Directory
Max Title Length
None, but
short is best
35 characters
128 characters
50 characters
Max Description Length
25 words /
200 characters
25 - 30
20 words /
145 characters
255 characters
250 characters
2 weeks
3 weeks
6 weeks
2 weeks
Maximum Categories
2 per site
1 per URL
1 per URL
1 per URL
1 per URL
How Do I Submit?
"Suggest a Site" link at bottom of page
"add URL" link at top of page
"Submit" button at
top of listings
"Submit" link at bottom of listings
"Submit" link at bottom of listings
Required Info
Usual +
Name, Email
Usual +
Name, Email
Usual + Category
Optional Info
Alt Category, City, State, Country, Post/Zip Code, Comments
Five keywords, 15 chars or less each, 80 chars max;
Launch date
Five keywords, Name, Email, City, State, Country,
Media Types
AOL, Netscape, Lycos, HotBot, AltaVista
MSN Search, AltaVista, Excite
Various ISPs
Dec. 19, 2000
Title Length
Shows the longest title you can submit as measured in characters, which includes spaces. If you use too many characters, the Add URL system will force you to shorten the title. In all cases, short titles that reflect your company name, web site name or page title are more likely to be accepted.

Description Length
Shows the longest description you can submit, first in words and then in characters, if applicable. You can't exceed either number. If you use too many words, an editor may shorten your description or not process your submission. If you use too many characters, the Add URL system will force you to shorten the description. In all cases, descriptions should be short, to the point, and not full of marketing hype. Do not submit a description that is simply a series of keywords.

Resubmit After
Shows how long you should wait before trying a resubmission. You can also use this as a guide to turn-around time.
If you are going to be listed, it should happen within this time frame.

Maximum Categories
Shows the maximum number of categories you can submit to, in most cases.

How Do I Submit?
Submission always begins with finding the right category for your site. Once you've done this, you need to find where the Add URL link is located to make the submit form appear. This shows you how to find the form.

Required Info
All the directories require the "usual" information of a title, URL and description. Some also ask for additional information, as shown. Have this information ready in advance!

Optional Info
Shows optional information that may be requested.

Shows other search services and portals that may also make use of the directory's information.

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