Link Expert Eric Ward Talks Fear And The Evolution Of Links

The nature of links on the web, particularly in relation to search, has changed a lot over the years, and there’s probably nobody out there with more insight into this than Eric Ward, who’s focused on this specific topic for…

Prince Drops Linking Lawsuit Against Fans

You know how Prince is actively suing his fans for posting links on their blogs and Facebook pages that point other fans in the direction of his music? Well, apparently he thought about it and decided to go another route.…

Google Has Made People Afraid To Link

Google has made it so people are scared to link to content. That’s what it has come to. I don’t think it’s ever been Google’s intention to scare people away from linking when it’s natural and deserving, but its never-ending…

Google Discusses Its New Official Link Rules

Google has some new rules for the kinds of links it allows (or doesn’t allow, rather). The concepts are actually not exactly new, but Google has updated its official documentation to reflect its views of certain kinds of links. Are…

Linking Practices That Annoy Matt Cutts, But Don’t Make A Difference To Google

Google posted an interesting Webmaster Help video today about linking. It’s basically about whether it’s better to link to an original source somewhere at the top of a post, or at the bottom. The answer is essentially that it makes…

Should Sites Be Forced To Pay For Linking? Harvey Weinstein Thinks So.

Harvey Weinstein, an Oscar winning producer and prolific proponent of Obama, told Deadline that he is going to push for legislation that would force websites to pay for linking to news articles. This legislation would require news websites and blogs…

German Publishers Reportedly Won’t Go For A Google Deal Like Those In France

Google and France President Francois Hollande, on Friday, announced a deal that the search giant has made with French publishers to who want to be paid for the content that Google links to. Google agreed to create a €60 million…

Does Google the Link Lister Equal Google the Publisher?

Is Google a publisher? Or is Google simply a displayer of links? Are these two things the same? Those questions are at the heart of a Australian case that just tipped against Google, and are likely at the heart of…

Google Continues To Battle Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links

Google prepared a note about a proposal by French lawmakers and backed by French news publsihers, which want search engines to license all of their content. Publishers want to be paid for the privilege of linking to their content. Obviously,…

Google Is Considering Discounting Infographic Links

Matt Cutts spoke with Eric Enge at SMX Advanced, and Enge has now published the entire interview. In that interview, Cutts reveals that Google may start looking at discounting infographic links. That doesn’t mean Google is doing this right now,…