The entry “NOODP“ in the of a website used to prevent search engines from using the data for and from the open directory project-entry – if there was one. Hence the name: NO Open Directory Project (NOODP). However, NOODP is now obsolete, as the DMOZ project was switched off by its operator AOL on March 17, 2017.


Via meta-tags search engine-accesses can be controlled by . These tags are in the part of a website’s source-code. The command for the search engine robots could look like the following:


Search engine robots are addressed here, no matter which provider they come from.


This instruction is for Microsoft only.


This order is for the google-crawler. „Noodp“ can also be combined with other instructions for the bot.


Here all bots are told to index the whole content and that they are allowed to follow the links; meta title and description should not be taken from DMOZ.

Relevance for SEO[edit]

For a long time, an entry in the DMOZ was seen as a guarantor for a . However, the webmaster could then only influence the use of the meta title and description indirectly. It was, therefore,  recommended to set a “noodp“ entry in order to be able to use an individual meta description and title, as long as there was a DMOZ-entry.

In an entry on the Google Webmaster Central in June 2017, Google's Gary Illyes informed the community that Google no longer considers the noodp-entry. The DMOZ entries and the meta-tags belonging to them therefore no longer have relevance for search engine optimization.

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