How to Destroy Your Company Reputation | Deep Linking Tax

Quite probably RIAA is one of the most hated organisations on the internet, possibly followed by Microsoft, but as Bill Gates has been demonstrating recently, he actually seems quite a nice guy and “gets” technology and nerdy things.

There is increasing talk about Google in negative tones as they increase in power, and with people’s increasing dependence on Google service, and in the case of webmasters, traffic from Google and income from Google Adsense.

So now a small Danish website, Krak.dk is trying to destroy their reputation, and attacking bloggers. Well small in the global scheme of things, probably quite large in their Danish niche.

For the full story, Paul has a great write up about this Deep Linking Fine a company is charging.

Note, they didn’t deep link to a picture, they linked to a page with lots of advertising on it, giving both traffic and link equity.
Note that they have no mention of their insane deep linking policy on the pages themselves, only in their help files.

That is what gives them a PR7, all that linking and trust.

Lets examine their external linking a little

First of all links to their domain at root level

krak root links

Now lets look at their total links to the domain including deep links

Krak Deep Links

The difference (119000-41100) is 77900 deep links that could potentially be subject to paying 940 USD

I can’t calculate (quickly) how many unique domains are within those links, and obviously I don’t know if some of them have already licensed being able to link to a page – what a horrible concept.
Then again there are probably a lot more pages that have not appeared in the listing because of duplicate content or maybe there is some funny linking strategy going on.

Lets look at Google

Krak Google

That isn’t very many quality links, how did they get PR7? Well maybe Google is a little broken currently… who knows?

Lets do some Math

We will assume 10 links per site because I am sure some people have been stupid enough to give them a sitewide link rather than from a contact or about page.

77900/10= 7790

Let us assume 1000 paying customers currently, though I highly doubt that

7790-1000=6790

That is 6790 website owners who are just about to be hit by a deep linking tax

6790 * 940 USD = 6,382,600 USD

That is a significant though in my mind highly dubious windfall

What can/should be done?

  • people deep linking should remove the links
  • they should probably make a post or comment stating why they did it, without a link to Krak as they don’t deserve link equity, as you can’t trust them
  • if Krak is using your personal data, you might think about asking them to remove it – it would only take a few 100 removal requests for them to make a change in policy
  • give your support to a competing service instead

If they lose half of their link equity, they are going to really notice a difference

What an interesting reversal on paid link, you have to pay them 940 USD to link to them, which of course I didn’t in this post.
Whatever you do, if you write about this story, don’t link to Krak – link to Paul, the Dog site with a word such as Hunde Blog – Kennel Kaarup, and the Digg Story

This isn’t just an off-beat thing in Denmark, something like this could happen in any country. Recently there has been a big discussion regarding linking to videos that are breaking copyright.

Here we are seeing someone being charged for linking through to information stored possibly about them on a 3rd party site. Damn that is ominous.

I am not sure how long the rules on Krak have been in place and how long the site has been deep linking, but imagine LinkedIn decided to charge a $1000 fee for linking to your own LinkedIn profile. I have suggested to Paul to go delving into archive.org

Dog Lovers Digg This (a link to Pauls Story not mine)

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for the post Andy, and the digg! Just one quick clarification for you, in your post you call the site Kruk, it’s actually krak as you have it in the images.

    Thanks again for the great post Andy!

  2. says

    Hey again. I checked out Archive.org. Per has had the link up since November 2004. Krak.dk has been blocking archive.org so there is no way to tell how long they’ve had the policy in place. :(

  3. says

    Søren

    As far as I am concerned it is a global issue, just as it is a global economy.

    My wife does a lot of business in Denmark with a Danish children’s fashion label.

    In many ways Denmark is my favourite country to do business with anywhere in Europe.

    Let me qualify that statement…

    I am British, live in Poland, and do lots of work with my own internet business Worldwide. A large amount of my income is from US companies and affiliate programs.

    The number one criteria for me when doing business is whether someone pays me on time and I can trust them.

    Currently Denmark and Danish companies have in my personal experience the best payment record, and I give them my highest trust ranking.

    I actually feel a little shattered to find a Danish company I wouldn’t want to do business with.

  4. says

    Are Krak offering other services than mapping as well? I have noticed that they crawled my blog intensely several times.

    Aynway, seems like some shady business.

  5. says

    I would ask in the comments on Paul’s site. I hadn’t even heard of Krak until very recently and I certainly don’t get crawled by them.

    If they are scraping addresses, they deserve to be linked to (for your own purposes, not to give them link equity of course)

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