We Are All Porn Search Engine Optimizers Now

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When people end their blogs, pornographers and others often take over the blog’s URL. Bloggers who don’t keep their blogrolls updated may inadvertently be linking to, and increasing the search engine rank of, porn sites. This blog doesn’t have a traditional blogroll, so that isn’t a problem here. What is still an issue, though, is that when bloggers comment here and leave “hot links” to their names, the links remain functional even when the URL changes hands. This means that even blogs without blogrolls may be unintentionally linking to, and therefore assisting, pornography sites. You can read one account of this phenomenon here. Linking to porn sites should be a conscious choice, not something that is stealthy inflicted upon us.

–Ann Bartow

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