Google to World: Linking is Good
Forgive me Father for it has been 35 and 1/2 days since I posted about Google. Despite having not really living up to the deep love affair I had for them in 1999 (other than Gmail), it’s nice when Google does something to spark my interest again like teaching a couple of Belgian Newspapers about linking.
Attention is good. It is never, ever bad to show up in search results. Unless of course you don’t want random strangers to find you and know things about you — as a newspaper that is not the case.
Filing a court order to get Google to remove all links to you? That’s suicide if you’re in the media business.
Whenever something like this happens Google has to subtly remind websites that they can opt-out of showing up in search results with the robots.txt file.