censorship, censorship of arguments, controlling the narrative, disappearing Google listings, Google, links that don't work, suppression of opinions, The Monopolies Commission, unreliable search engines
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?