Linking to paywalled content

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

Five Swiss Francs

I had a brief discussion with Jon Slattery over the weekend about why his “quotes of the week” posts don’t link to their sources.

His response:

The reason I didn’t link was because I wasn’t sure what to do with quotes behind paywalls.

But I think I will, where I can, link in future.

I was under the impression that this was a solved problem. The standard form seems to be to put a **[£] **or similar after the link. For example:

Why procrastination isn’t all bad [£]

I think that makes is clear that the link is to paywalled content, while giving appropriate attribution to the source of your content.

Seem fair?

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.