brinked - 9:37 am on Apr 16, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: brinked at 9:46 am (utc) on Apr 16, 2011]
londrum, googles algo update targets content farms or made for adsense sites. Why do people create these kinds of sites? For the fun of it? No, so they can profit off of them, how do they profit off them? the ads. The more clicks they get the more money they earn. This is why placement of the ads is so critical. The typical MFA site will try to blend the ads in so well with their content it will be almost seamless. Many times these content farms do have unique content, but it is so bad that users are so desperate for the information they click on the adsense ads thats embedded in the article.
Imagine you're looking for a cure for smelly feet. You land on a MFA site that has an article about smelly feet. The article is so useless and boring, but then you see a line of text that says "Have smelly feet? try our all natural cure" you will probably click on it.
you're telling me that if you read an article and theres ads above, to the sides, and in the article, that doesnt take away from the quality? Thats a big factor for me. I personally will avoid sites that run too many ads. It slows the site down, it draws my attention away from the actual content and just reduces my experience on that site. Most of these sites have 4 or more ads listed on content pages, there is no need for that many ads on a given page.
ads and content farms go hand and hand. If anyone believes ads do not factor in to this then find me a legit website that got hit that has no ads on there articles. You will not find one.
[edited by: brinked at 9:46 am (utc) on Apr 16, 2011]