Google Drops Google Directory Search Option

The Google Directory seems to have dropped the option to search within the directory.

If you visit the Google Directory the only search box you will see is a “Google search” box. A week or two ago it was a “Search Directory” button, but that is now gone. Google is even missing the search within directory feature on the inside pages of the Google Directory.

Here are before and after pictures:

Google Directory Home Before:

Google Directory Home Now:

Google Directory Inside Page Before:

Google Directory Inside Page Now:

Google has not yet been reachable for a statement on why this was changed.

Hat tip to for spotting this and sending this our way.

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  • Brad Gosse

    I think this is long overdue considering how ridiculously outdated the DMOZ directory has become.

    Hopefully this will be the last nail in the coffin for DMOZ.

  • Sean Carlos

    It seems you can still search the directory by adding a URL parameter to your search query: &cat=gwd/Top (which may be escaped in the url as &cat=gwd%2FTop)

  • Michael Martinez

    They should indeed get rid of the directory but I did find one place where you can still search the directory.

    Looks like all the directory contents will be treated as internal content for Google’s site search.

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