Initial subscription plan singled out Google in capping inbound links from search.
As it prepares to launch its new paywall strategy in the U.S. next week, the New York Times is doing away with a loophole that had appeared to favor Bing over Google.
One of the difficult balances the publisher has tried to strike with its new online subscription plan is the need to allow some inbound referrals from search and social media sources. Its complicated solution, announced last week, is to impose a daily limit on per-user search traffic from Google while apparently allowing unfettered access from Bing and other search engines. Google users were to be restricted to five content views a day, while Bing and other engines were to have no such restrictions.
No longer. In a statement shared first with TechCrunch, the New York Times said, “After reviewing our options, we decided to extend the policy of five free clicks per day to all major search engines by the global launch on March 28. Our pre-launch period in Canada was undertaken to enable us to test the systems and fine-tune the model.”
The Times didn't immediately respond to a request for more details. While in the U.S. the new policy would appear to limit traffic from Bing and Google, overseas that policy might apply to sites like Baidu in China and Yandex in Russia. [UPDATE: A spokesperson confirmed the daily limit will apply to "the majority of search engines."]
Want to learn more? Join us at ClickZ Live New York 2015
[ALERT] Super Saver Rates Expire January 30. With over 15 years of experience delivering industry leading events, ClickZ Live brings together over 50 expert speakers to deliver an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Quick! - Register today to secure your place at the best rate.
Until March 2012, Zach Rodgers was managing editor of ClickZ's award-winning coverage of news and trends in digital marketing. He reported on the rise of web companies, data markets, ad technologies, and government Internet policy, among other subjects.
Singapore, 5-6 March
Bangkok, 17-18 March
Hong Kong, April 2015
Google My Business Listings Demystified
To help brands control how they appear online, Google has developed a new offering: Google My Business Locations. This whitepaper helps marketers understand how to use this powerful new tool.
5 Ways to Personalize Beyond the Subject Line
82 percent of shoppers say they would buy more items from a brand if the emails they sent were more personalized. This white paper offer five tactics that will personalize your email beyond the subject line and drive real business growth.