Sites banning other sites from linking to them

I stumbled across this post by Malcolm Coles, and it gave me a laugh. Take a look:

Malcom Coles – Here, in 2011, are 15 sites I’ve not featured before, all of which try to prevent you linking to them (usually restricting the “right” to link to just the homepage or else requiring written consent). YOU’RE ALL IDIOTS. I have, of course, linked to them – click the company name to see the T&Cs.


Some sites Malcolm found that included the restriction are:

  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Shell


From an SEO standpoint, not allowing other sites to link to yours is laughable, but there is of course a reason why this terminology is still used in legal verbiage. Enter Rishi Lakhani to provide the answer.

Rishi Lakhani's description of why websites' terms and conditions still contain restrictions against sites linking to them.


So there we have it. According to Rishi, the sites include the restriction based on old fears of their content being stolen by using iFrames.

So, do you think these sites should remove these restrictions from their Terms and Conditions? Leave your opinions in the comments.

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