Dr. Mark Humphrys

School of Computing. Dublin City University.

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"Why on earth would I link to you?" - Follow-up page


"Why on earth would I link to you?" - Follow-up page


My article "Why on earth would I link to you?" considered who I linked to from 1994 to 1999 and why. It singled out Yahoo and the Irish Times as major destinations of my links. Here's what happened to my links since 1999.

The article made 2 major points:



1. Directory categories provide ideal destination for most links

In particular, I liked linking to the Yahoo Directory.



In defence of Wikipedia




2. Newspaper archives are a great way of encouraging free ads (incoming links)

In particular, I liked linking to the Irish Times.



ancientbrain.com      w2mind.org      humphrysfamilytree.com

On the Internet since 1987.

Wikipedia: Sometimes I link to Wikipedia. I have written something In defence of Wikipedia. It is often a useful starting point but you cannot trust it. Linking to it is like linking to a Google search. A starting point, not a destination. I automatically highlight in red all links to Wikipedia and Google search and other possibly-unreliable user-generated content.