Top Search Directory, Number 10:

March 14, 2020

To be technically correct, The Open Directory Project (, formerly NewHoo) is a search “directory”, not a search “engine”.

This means: the content at is hand-picked by human editors, not by robot programs.

Sponsored by Netscape, and employing 50,000 volunteer experts as editors, the ODP ( has about 4 million links in its database. Although less than 1% the size of Google, is packed with helpful hand-picked Internet links that have been filtered by human judgment.

PROS: DMOZ content is hand-picked by subject matter experts; irrelevant content is usually filtered out well.
CONS: Content quality varies with the quality of volunteerism, slow to update, ranking is inconsistent, not good for news or current events content.


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