Noblesse Oblige

After reading Danah’s study regarding the role of gender in web site design, Halley wonders why Dooce chooses not to link to her readers who maintain blogs of their own. My guess in Dooce’s case is it may have been a design decision, since her blog is one of the cleanest on the web.
Other A-listers who do not maintain blog rolls include Ben Hammersely,
Seth Godin and Lawrence Lessig. There’s nothing wrong with this choice, and it certainly prevents the awkward, “Will you please link to me” emails, which come in a bit too regularly for our tastes. Yet, the decision not to link does lend a certain aloofness to the abstaining bloggers.
It’s important to note that incoming links effect a site’s Google rank and Technorati ran–no trivial matter.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. [ quote]
    It’s important to note that incoming links effect a site’s Google rank and Technorati rank
    [ /quote]
    that sounds like a negative tone but incoming links positively affect your rankings and outgoing links negatively affect your pr.
    a site that’s a pr7 thats linking to a pr1 effectviely helps the poor pr1 get indexed continously and at next pr update assist the site in getting a better pr.
    now thats why you land up with 3000 people a day asking you to link to them.
    everyone wants a peice of that action.

  2. livin libido loco says:

    What’s so cool about getting google hits? Go get some exercise, a tan (yea, use sunblock SP whatever) lose weight and have real life ratings.