ortelius - 12:48 pm on Feb 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
Do you sell a branded product or service? Or are you simply writing a little on a lot of subjects for the sole purpose of luring visitors to your ads? That's a content farm in my book, and they've become a dime a dozen. I know it's hard to accept when you've spent 10 years spinning content to lure in users and search engines, but that's no longer working. Bury you head in the sand and believe in your business model or adapt. It looks like way too many people bought that "get rich quick on Google" ebook.
I doubt you can compare yourself to CNN. Their original content is frequently the source of many content farms. That and true authority sites. If you're writing tens of thousands of one page articles and surrounding the with ads, face it, you've built a content farm and complaining about losing ground is pointless.
Well, that's a pretty sanctimonious attack on someone and on a site that you know nothing about!
FYI, I don't write "a little on a lot of subjects," I write a lot, and with original research, on a single subject.
Is the only kind of acceptable activity on the web the sale of "branded products or services" in your opinion? Is everyone else a parasite? That's what you seem to imply.
I find that attitude both narrow-minded and self-important.
Many of my pages have FB likes running into the hundreds, and the buttons have only been on there for a couple of months. I don't think visitors "like" pages in those numbers for total crap, do you? The site also has tons of excellent links from trusted sources, including the About.com guide in the niche itself. You think I got that link for writing garbage?
Finally, I did not compare my site or its content to CNN. I said my ads are the same kind of display ad as shown on CNN.
I think you ought to stop the personal attacks on site owners about whom you know nothing, and focus on the facts of the update and how to repair the damage.