content farms

Thanks to Panda, content farms start harvesting less content

Love them or hate them, content farms are a reality on today’s web. Thanks to the strength of the search economy, savvy upstart publishers realized that there was money to be made mass-producing search engine-friendly content on the cheap.

But content farming’s success may have been its downfall. As the SERPs filled up with articles of dubious value, search engines have fought back. Some went so far as to ban well-known content farms from their indexes.

Banning large, prominent sites is, for obvious reasons, a challenging proposition for Google. But it too has fought back hard against content farms using ts algorithm.

While the verdict is out as to whether it’s changes are improving search quality on the world’s largest search engine, it appears that some content farmers are adjusting their businesses.

Is computer-generated content better than content farm content?

Content farming may be a big business, but that doesn’t mean that companies in the business of content farming are particularly well-liked.

The questionable quality of content produced by armies of authors paid
to crank out search engine-friendly content has, not surprisingly, led Google to crack down on the content farmers.

But the internet is increasingly finding content from a new and perhaps even more controversial source: computers themselves.

How to beat Panda: split into multiple sites?

Google’s Panda update was designed to eliminate spam and content farm
content, thus improving the quality of Google’s index and SERPs.

Many sites caught in Panda’s grip claim that they were unintended
victims of the update, and have sought ways to recover.

Many have been
in reestablishing themselves with Google, but according to
the Wall Street Journal, one publisher may have found the secret to recovery.

Blocked! Google takes a page from Blekko

Recently, Google has stepped up its effort to improve the quality of its
SERPs. But despite its effort, which seems as concerted as it is genuine, one
thing is clear: there’s only so much that can be done.

Google can’t
uncover every paid link, and even after cracking down on content farms,
there are those who think it hasn’t done enough.

Blekko bans content farms, but should Google follow suit?

Blekko may not be a big player in the search space, but the upstart search engine is trying to make a name for itself by playing up its focus on eliminating web spam and content farms from its SERPs.

The company’s timing couldn’t have been better: Google is increasingly criticized over the quality of its search results, and many say the search market’s 800 pound gorilla isn’t doing enough to crack down on those who look to game it for profit.

Google, Demand Media and the value of content

As consumers, techies and the media trade some of their infatuation with
Google for the latest crop of super-hot web upstarts like Facebook, the
world’s most dominant search engine is finding that more and more
people are pointing out its flaws.

The quality of Google’s SERPs have increasingly come under question,
with some complaining that Google isn’t doing enough to weed out web
spam and low-quality content that ranks well but doesn’t offer consumers
much value. I am one of those who have been highly critical of Google’s
capabilities in these areas.