Intentions and Permissibility

Introduction: This paper examines a number of issues arising from an analysis of the relationship between intentions and permissibility. This analysis is developed in response to the straw man position, ‘IIP’[1]; that the content of the intentions held by an agent in performing some act are irrelevant in determining the moral permissibility of that act. This is done intentionally as assurance that IIP is not confused for my own position. The crux of this paper has its origins in my resistance to accept double effect reasoning as I understood it and the work of both Tim Scanlon and Judith Thomson on the matter. Examples regarding double effect reasoning, in cases such as euthanasia, can often tend towards unappealing results. You want voluntary euthanasia. Under most versions of the [...]

Don’t Disavow (Too Late Now)

Whether the Google Disavow Links tool is a good or a bad thing, it doesn't matter.  There will be a enough published recoveries to get penalized webmasters salivating. Tin Foil Hat Time... Machine Learning reCaptcha, as I understand it, is an exercise in machine learning. The machine uses image recognition to assign a confidence value to some image (in this case text). reCaptcha then uses humans to improve the algorithm, by having them enter the images of text as they read them. Typically this will be the same, or similar to, what the machine thinks. This data is then fed back into the OCR program. I think spam flags might work in a similar way. The Disavow links tool is an excellent way to collect data which would allow Google to improve the algorithmic detection of spam - the webmasters [...]

Code Year by Christmas

There's a fair amount of talk in the industry on whether you should learn to code. A debate, even. I won't make too much out of it since the answer seems fairly obvious. Knowing a programming language is obviously good, but it may not be the best use of your time. It's also neither necessary nor sufficient to be a good linkbuilder. It's seemingly in the the nice to have category - like being a decent designer. My own thoughts are as follows: I've made an inconsistent effort in the past and it's paid off. It's been worth it. The plan is now to make a concentrated, sustained effort and see if that pays off. Remembering that a year ago I didn't even know html it's quite interesting what you can assimilate just by working in the right environment. Everything I've learned in this area has made [...]

Using Twitter to Find Guest Post Opportunities

This post comes from having an underutilized vertical monitor. The two things I make use of the most in this post conveniently happen to look great vertically. Do not adjust your monitor. You've probably had a little play on using Twitter as a method of first contact before, but you may not have used it as a way to source potential placements. Twitter is excellent for both of these. So who's most likely going to be wanting guest posts? A good place to start would be the people asking for guest posts and the sites already publishing them. Websites usually tweet every post they make and often differentiate whether the post was written by one of their team or an outsider. They do this either in the tweet or in the URL structure. There is an organic guest posting exchange largely unmolested by [...]

Using Multilinks for link prospecting

Often we just want to know the metrics of a collection of sites quickly. This is a very blinkered 'metrics as filter' approach I'm going to show here, but if you have either personal or project based restrictions in play then this can save you a world of time in your prospecting. I'm going to assume that the metrics I care about are similar to the metrics you care about (if not, you can always pull them into excel with the right APIs). Right, let's get started. Multi Links is a rather handy Firefox extension that allows you to right click and drag to highlight any hyperlinks in the selected area. On release, the extension will then either copy the links to the clipboard or instruct your browser to open each link in a new tab: For Chrome users, I'd suggest Linkclump as an alternative. [...]