Rasputin - 3:06 pm on Feb 18, 2013 (gmt 0)
I'm not quite sure if you are serious Aristotle - but that is entirely consistent with my own experience, and i've often thought the same. I'll try and explain our circumstances...
Although I have travel sites, for one [destination] we have a local specialist travel writer who is also a professor of history and literature for [destination], and with each [place travel] article he also sends me a [placename history and etymology] article, typically 3000-5000 words, tracking the history of the place back 1000's years to its origins, explaining its ancient etymology in great detail, usually with 20-30 references etc.
Really, very professional articles and without any doubt the best (English language) articles about their subject, on line or off line. Although I have no expectation to make income from them (they are of course very low search volumes) they should definitely be shown very high for the appropriate [placename history and etymology] type searches. But they usually aren't.
Hence I had sometimes wondered if they are hit by a "it's not possible to write this much about [subject] so these must be poor quality" filter - even wikipedia will only have one or two sentences on the subject, if anything at all.
And if this filter does exist, I wonder what else does it affect, and to what extent?