We're so used to websites whose "link policies" are about what they want you to do to link to them
, combined with the tendency for traditional media players to hate the external link
, as if it were some sign of failure, that when someone anonymously submitted a link to the BBC News' "link policies," you'll have to forgive me for expecting the worst. Instead, the link policies were a bit of a revelation
. They're all about how to link more to other sources
. It all starts with a goal of sending more traffic elsewhere:
The BBC Strategy Review [1.40MB PDF] recently unveiled by director general Mark Thompson set as one of its goals a major increase in outbound links from the BBC website - a doubling of the number of "click-throughs" to external sites from 10 million to 20 million a month by 2013.
It then goes into a list of specific policies, which pretty much all focus on adding lots of external links to stories. Of course, given how UK newspapers are suddenly working hard to block links
from others, you have to wonder if those same papers are going to start blocking the BBC as well...