Maybe Some Gardens Have Walls for a Good Reason?

Rob Hof

According to Search Engine Roundtable, the popular online classified-ad site Craigslist may be blocking search engines such as Google from crawling its site. Search experts like John Battelle make a good case that this is not a great idea, since it makes it harder for people to find the listings. Don't yet know why Craiglist is apparently doing this, though CEO Jim Buckmaster recently listed several reasons the site earlier blocked Oodle from scraping it. But Greg Yardley wonders if maybe Craigslist has a point: "As Google morphs into a portal, why should Craigslist allow it to rip-off and monetize their content?" He also wonders:

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