Japanese Newspaper Says: How Dare You Send Us Traffic!

from the don't-tell-your-friends! dept

While others, like News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch, continue to make a lot of noise about cutting off or punishing news aggregators like Google News, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper has decided to take some action in the war against the “freeloaders” by forbidding any links to its content without explicit permission. Apparently, Nikkei believes not only that “unauthorized” links would somehow circumvent its paywall, but also that it is such an incredibly important source that free referrals are neither necessary nor welcome. Although most of Nikkei’s Japanese competition apparently also locks up content behind paywalls, going beyond a paywall to actively block inbound links seems very short-sighted, in that it will serve to drive traffic and attention elsewhere. It’s still pretty amazing how certain organizations don’t seem to have any understanding of how the internet works.

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Kirion says:

Japan is so different

Frankly, newspaper industry in Japan amazes me. While Japan seems like country from future, newspapers live in past. They still have huge print circulation (millions of subscribers), at least one daily newspaper in every household. I guess it has something to do with demography and society.

inc says:

This is amazing especially since so many companies pay money to have their links made popular through SEO. Why don’t they just get rid of their domain name and flip through IPs. That would make all their links invalid and only their member with the right IP would have access. Hell, why even be online at all?

These artards need to get off me internetz!!

Michael C (profile) says:

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Nope, not suggesting anything of the sort. Just saying that if you’re on the internet, what’s the harm in allowing people to link to your site. That’s how people discover things online, no? You could make a case for a paywall, when all of your competition has them, too. But does it really make sense to put yourself online but say, “Don’t look at me!” They’re not just blocking links that have found some way around the paywall. They expect people to get approval for *any* link to their site. That’s like a store with a window display forbidding everyone who walks by from telling their friends to go and take a look, without first getting the store’s permission. They’re simply saying, “No word-of-mouth advertising.” It makes no sense.

Marcel de Jong (profile) says:

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How likely do you think it is, on the scale that is the Internet, that everyone in the market follows this example?
If this newspaper’s competition suddenly see a spike in their adviews, do you really think it’s likely that they want to cut those people off?

Sure, there is no shortage of short-sighted CEOs running a lot of businesses (into the ground), but not every newspaper in the world is run by an artard.

Marcel de Jong (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

The money you paid for a newspaper was never for the news, but to offset the printing costs. The news was being paid for by ads. That’s the case for the paper newspaper, and also for the online newspaper. If these ‘newspapers’ can’t accept that, then they have no place in the market, whatsoever. And deserve to die off.

Sure, if you put your older news (like say, after it’s been freely accessible for 2 weeks) behind a paywall, I might be able to understand it.
But this is about them limiting you how many times you can access their website for free. After 5 visits each month: “I’m sorry sir, but you are forbidden to access this site, unless you pay us.” That kind of trick will rarely if at all work on Joe Schmoe.

dorp says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

This business isn’t about advertising. It’s about paying for access to a database.

Not to say that they may get more money by opening up and attaching adverts to search results (a la Google).

You either did not read the article or… did not read the article. The question is not about paywall. The question is about links to the site, which the company does not want to exist. If you have a paywall setup, you want as many links as possible just like anyone else on the internet, because more people getting to your main page = more chances of getting someone to pay directly or indirectly.

opit (profile) says:

Restricting Access

If they want to increase exclusivity…it will work.
Think about it. I was so pissed that AP would reissue stuff that was already out there and try to charge for advertising their content that I went the other way : even though Google will place articles next to the sign – AP the UnEssential Network. Nor will I carry their content.
Not that I consider much of it different from propaganda.
They have a bad case of ‘Unclear on the Concept’ too.

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