indyank - 3:11 pm on Feb 6, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: indyank at 3:42 pm (utc) on Feb 6, 2011]
Google might not treat content farms as spam.But content farms becoming big corporates with patent (and objectives) that explicitly has the intent to dominate search engines for profits in a "big way" should not be encouraged, as "big money" will be involved in ranking every profitable keyword. The neutrality of search engines will seriously be hampered.I don't think google conceived adsense as a program to serve big content corporates. And it should never be a program encouraging it.
But then it will be wrong to say that adsense is responsible for all spam.There are various other money making programs.If google stops adsense for all publishers then someone else will start a similar program.
The web doesn't exist for just ecommerce sites. People crying foul against adsense have other motives in doing so.There are sites which give away informational content, software, apps etc. to end users for free, while monetizing the traffic through adsense and other money making programs.I don't see anything wrong in this.Doesn't microsoft monetize its Windows messenger though ads? Isn't microsoft a big enough company to give an ad free messenger to people? But still they chose to monetize that too!The social integration stuff into messenger may have other unstated objectives.They might be gathering data from users there too. And this company that believes in extracting the max. from a free software is now saying adsense is the root of the problem.Ridiculous.
Search engines should find ways to find the good content and it should continue to work on it rather than saying that "adsense is the root of problem".
[edited by: indyank at 3:42 pm (utc) on Feb 6, 2011]