No, they didn't start linking to TUAW, that would point far too many readers in the direction of a blog that would really put them to shame. Instead, this piece on Threat Level about the undersea cables that are dropping like a once-industry-leading-magazine's readership is chock full of links.
So clearly Wired "gets" the whole hyperlinking phenomenon. Why, there are up to 10 whole links in that article! Of course, the first link is to another blog.wired piece, which (as you may know) helps the ol' Google juice. Other links include such high-profile sources as Scholars for 9/11 Truth, SMBlog and the venerable Galloping Beaver-- I think that's where Walt Mossberg got his start. Let's not forget their clever links to the Navy and two, TWO links to TeleGeography. SEO gold, for sure.
When SEO douchebags run your content, your content will be as brilliant as SEO douchebags.
Epilogue: The original article on Wired about the iTunes movie rentals that got me so pissed about all this to begin with? After two angry emails they actually added a link. Not to what Christina said, mind you (because citing sources would be the mark of a journalist, naturally), but a link to TUAW's trick regarding the duration of a movie rental. Of course, this was well after the story moved off the page at BoingBoing and other places, so, as my imaginary redneck uncle Jimmy used to say: "gotcha good!" Well played Wired, well played.
Why do I feel like bloggers will be fighting this same fight for at least another 5 years?
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