I’m neutral when it comes to writers writing for “content farms” — sites such as Associated Content and Demand Media.
These sites have their place as writing markets for beginning writers. They allow new writers to get their feet wet, so to speak. Once you’ve written an article or two, you know how to post material online, and that’s about all these sites have to teach you.
If you’ve been lingering in the murky water of these sites, you may want to rethink that.
Google’s Matt Cutts has just posted an early warning.
In this article, Official Google Blog: Google search and search engine spam he says:
“As ‘pure webspam’ has decreased over time, attention has shifted instead to ‘content farms,’ which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. In 2010, we launched two major algorithmic changes focused on low-quality sites. Nonetheless, we hear the feedback from the web loud and clear: people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content. We take pride in Google search and strive to make each and every search perfect. The fact is that we’re not perfect, and combined with users’ skyrocketing expectations of Google, these imperfections get magnified in perception. However, we can and should do better.”
From what Cutts says, it’s hard to know whether Google’s targeting small media players, or is going for the big players like Associated Content and Demand Media. If Google is aiming its changes at these large sites, it will impact writers who linger there.
You’ve been warned… 🙂
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