Content farms are a kind of big business, even if they do use inexpensive writers to generate their content
The real content farms don't just use manual writers but they do use programs to generate those farms.
I was going through the video that Ted has referred to in this post and this man Harry Shum suggests that the root of the problem is adsense and indirectly tells that google should stop that program.But is microsoft right in offering incentives to various third party software vendors and others for using their search bar?
He probably wants a standard that a search company can be an OS vendor or a browser vendor but not an ad company (because we aren't one)...Funny, isn't it?
He also goes on and adds that google should lay standards for the search industry. I would rather prefer them to first lay down standards for their browsers and toolbars. What these ought to do and ought not.Inform the users clearly and in bold on what all they do with their click data.
So, what is clear from this discussion is microsoft uses click data to discover pages
and not just links or sitemaps.They don't care about whether it is garbage or nonsensical, but they discover and show them in the serps, if someone clicks through to those pages via their browsers.They probably won't display those confidential pages of your site in their SERPS, but they are almost certain to discover
them. All the corporates who religiously stick on to windows and IE in their offices, should now be wary.They should seriously decide on whether to use IE or not.
A fallout of this controversy is that the world will now see more and more "search clickers" like the "ad clickers" back in 2002-2004.
[edited by: indyank at 5:23 pm (utc) on Feb 4, 2011]