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I wonder if other people are having this problem?
Obviously when you write an article readers appreciate the inclusion of links to your reference material. When I started blogging (just over a year ago) I routinely included links, and checked that they worked. I was dismayed to find that my links failed between one third and half the time. I considered that any reader would find this failure rate unacceptable, would find this annoying and it would discredit my articles.
To deal with this I started to include a copy of the Google listing along with the link to prove that I had not made a mistake in one letter, but as the link still did not work I decided to omit it – no point in including a link that does not work – and just left the Google listing instead. I checked these and found they were completely reliable to connect to the relevant article –up till now.
In a recent conversation about The Monopolies Commission, I referred to a page in a book as given in the Google listing below.
I also copied the page but I don’t wish to reproduce it here in its entirety because of copyright.
The page number is on the right.
When I checked that my link connected to the article I got this.
So I carried out a Google search using the exact title given in the Google listing above – and the listing failed to appear.
Interestingly Google recommended a totally different page in the same book which emphasised the direct opposite of the point I was trying to make.
So, what do you do when your links don’t work? What can you do when Google listings disappear so that your reader cannot find your reference material?
I wonder how many other people are having this problem?
If, like me you are a WordPress user who finds their work constantly disrupted when WordPress throws out yet another design change “improvement” I can recommend Jim Lantern’s blog for keeping up with the changes and getting back to a working status quo. He has helped me out on a number of occasions, most notably in telling me how to by-pass that “Beep Beep Boop” nonsense. Who designed that? Is there a two year old on their staff?
His observations on web interference are pertinent too. I recently revisited one of his articles from last year:-
He made this comment which I find interesting:-
“They tried to hide the ads from me …as well as some of the ads being offensive to me and the purpose of my blog”.
Jim Lantern was only made aware of the ads when visitors to his blog, who were attracted to his blog on the basis of his message, remarked on the content of the ads, placed not only at the edges and end of the articles, where people could easily avoid looking at them, but also inserted into the body of the text.
Like Jim Lantern I use the free WordPress version, which means my blogs will also have ads placed within them.
One of Jim Lantern’s objections, and I completely agree with him, was he could not SEE the ads placed. Obviously, as a blogger you put some time and thought into the presentation of your material. You do not want the perception of your message distorted by scurrilous, mocking, inappropriate, or contrary to your argument ads inserted with your material .
In order to see the ads placed among his material, Jim Lantern had to log in with another computer to find out what his readers were warning/complaining about.
To me the sinister aspect of the placing ads, is not the placing of the ads as such. No doubt ads could be placed appropriate to or neutral to the content – but the fact that the author, and this is a concern to me as I also use the free WordPress version – cannot SEE the ads placed.
I, like Jim Lantern and most other responsible bloggers wish to use the web and WordPress to put our opinions out, and we wish to keep our blogs “clean”. Advertising is a very broad area and has very lax standards with respect to the use of sexual, violent, suggestive and shock images. And advertisements are not X-rated.
Obviously I have no objection to advertisements for toothpaste, a loaf of bread or holidays, but I would have a very strong objection to many advertisements using violent, sexual or crude images.
Is this what readers are seeing when they visit my blogs? I have no way of knowing. I can’t see the ads.