londrum - 9:49 am on Apr 16, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: londrum at 9:55 am (utc) on Apr 16, 2011]
but if you're targeting content farms then there is a far better way of doing it: by looking at the content.
if the content is the same as stuff on other sites, or just consists of reprinted RSS feeds, then google KNOWS that its a content farm.
but google CANT tell that by looking at the ads. its a red herring.
the site might have a hundred ads on each page, but until google looks at the actual content on it, they dont know whether its original good stuff or just scrapped junk.
the fact that content farms and MFA sites frequently have lots of ads on them is leading people to believe that its the ads themselves that are the problem. but im guessing that they are just a red herring -- its the content thats the problem.
think about it... if the MFA sites removed all the ads tomorrow, would that make them a better site? of course not. the content is still junk. but people are suggesting that as a cure to their woes.
[edited by: londrum at 9:55 am (utc) on Apr 16, 2011]