10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment

Even more sites that try to bank you from linking to them in the terms. Make it stop.

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10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment
10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them

Even more sites that try to bank you from linking to them in the terms. Make it stop.

Fill your boots – the government and Microsoft are running a reciprocal link scheme
June 28, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Fill your boots – the government and Microsoft are running a reciprocal link scheme

Backed by HSBC, Microsoft, Ofcom as well ...

15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them
March 28, 2011 – 6:00 am | 54 Comments
15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them

Well here, in 2011, are 15 websites that I've not featured before, all of which try to prevent you from linking to them in some way (usually restricting the right to link to just the homepage or else requiring prior written consent). YOU ARE ALL IDIOTS.

Why newspapers don’t link out (part 1 million)
September 28, 2010 – 11:28 pm | No Comment
Why newspapers don’t link out (part 1 million)

A lot is written about why newspapers don't link out more (such as this post about the Guardian's approach), with clunky CMSes and problematic workflows often cited as a reason.

Jemima Kiss's tweet made me laugh though after her review of the new Channel 4 news site was published.

Sites that ban you from linking to them. Still. In 2010
June 29, 2010 – 11:53 am | 39 Comments

The Guardian has poked some fun at the Edinburgh Fringe website for banning people linking to it in its terms and conditions. Can this still be going on, more than a year after I revealed that most newspapers banned deep links, as did brands like Apple, Royal Mail, Channel 4 and, er, the Association of Online Publishers (which culminated in the hilarity of my attempts to get the Royal Mail to post me the paper licence they insisted I needed to link to them)?

Here are some more sites that still think they can - or should - ban people linking to them. YOU ARE ALL CLOWNS.

Guardian makes its comments accessible, SEO friendly and mobile friendly all in one go!
November 5, 2009 – 12:15 am | 7 Comments
Guardian makes its comments accessible, SEO friendly and mobile friendly all in one go!

The Guardian has changed its comment system - moving from a client-side system to a server-side one.

With the old system, once you loaded a page, some javascript would go off and look up the comments and display them. This wasn't terribly accessible - if you couldn't or didn't run javascript, you couldn't see the comments. It was also bad for SEO, as search engines couldn't run the javascript. And if your mobile didn't run javascript (like mine), you couldn't read the comments either.

How to get a link from the BBC to your Twitter URL
October 28, 2009 – 1:50 pm | 3 Comments
How to get a link from the BBC to your Twitter URL

Want to get your Twitter page doing better in Google for a search on your name? Here's a way to get a link off the BBC to your Twitter URL.

Web page word counts: reading vs linking
October 20, 2009 – 9:39 am | 4 Comments
Web page word counts: reading vs linking

I thought it was interesting to compare two graphs as they seem to go in opposite directions:

SEOmoz's new one on the relationship between word count and the likelihood of people linking to you
Nielsen's ...

10 sites that say it’s OK to print their pages – but not photocopy them
August 10, 2009 – 8:32 am | 4 Comments

There also appear to be lots of sites that say it's OK to print their pages (gee, thanks) but forbid you from photocopying them. Here are 10. Is this really an enforceable, or sensible, condition?

External links: the 8 stages of linking-out denial
March 16, 2009 – 12:52 pm | 9 Comments

External links / linking out - which stage of denial are you at? There are 7 before you reach a sensible place ...

Don’t link to us: part two
March 12, 2009 – 11:41 pm | 14 Comments
Don’t link to us: part two

Loads of companies websites' conditions of use forbid you from linking to them. Why?!?

Newspaper sites: don’t read or link to us …
March 11, 2009 – 9:31 pm | 20 Comments
Newspaper sites: don’t read or link to us …

Loads of newspaper websites order you not to link to them without written permission. Few go as far as the FT and suggest you can't even read the site ...

Nofollow and internal redirects: sites that accept links – but don’t link out fairly
May 19, 2008 – 1:00 pm | 21 Comments

A list of authority sites that don't link fairly.