Stupid Newspaper Publishers, Search Engines Are Your Friends

I left newspaper reporting about ten years ago because it was clear the
industry had no idea how to transition to an online world, and I didn’t want to
be stuck behind. Today’s Chicago Tribune article,

Papers, Web sites in scrape on stories
, just tells me things don’t appear to
have improved much. Search engines, including Google, get a fresh dose of
being leeches
for using content. Except publishers, they don’t reprint your content. They
reprint summaries and link to your articles. And if you’d get a clue, you’d
understand that brings you traffic, which should make you money.

Don’t like it? Then slap up a robots.txt file to ban the news search engines
and leave the traffic for the rest of us. The story’s not all bad news. Some
publishers are waking up to search and figuring out how to deal with it. For
another example of the search engines as menace to newspapers concept, see
World Association
Of Newspapers Dislikes Search Engine Exploitation, Clueless About Robots.txt
Banning
from February.

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