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Google’s announcement did not mention content farms. But Mr. Cutts has spoken in recent weeks about the problem and said Google was working on algorithm changes to fix it. “In general, there are some content farms that I think it would be fair to call spam, in the sense that the quality is so low-quality that people complain,” he said in a recent interview.
in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what's going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. [googleblog.blogspot.com...]
Demand Media Response:
[demandmedia.com...]How our content reaches the consumer – whether it’s through direct visits, social media referrals, apps or search – has always been important to and monitored closely by us. We also recognize that major search engines like Google have and will continue to make frequent changes. We have built our business by focusing on creating the useful and original content that meets the specific needs of today’s consumer. So naturally we applaud changes search engines make to improve the consumer experience – it’s both the right thing to do and our focus as well.
Today, Google announced an algorithm change to nearly 12% of their U.S. query results. As might be expected, a content library as diverse as ours saw some content go up and some go down in Google search results.This is consistent with what Google discussed on their blog post. It’s impossible to speculate how these or any changes made by Google impact any online business in the long term – but at this point in time, we haven’t seen a material net impact on our Content & Media business.
[edited by: arikgub at 6:55 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]
The title of this thread is misleading, if not completely wrong
tell that to webmaster that are losing 30% traffics xDIt's just business. Businesses large and small go bust every day. I know a lot of people who had businesses in the bricks and mortar world which went bust during this "recession" (or whatever it is). One close friend had 2 restaurants which went bust, he's in debt up the wazoo and near bankruptcy. Meanwhile my sites continue to grow in both visitors and income.
For those who are disappointed in Google's search rankings and results, this is your chance to write a *good* algorithm for indexing and ranking sites. If you can do that you will be the next Google and will probably become a millionaire (probably a billionaire) in short order. And if you do so, my bet is you will end up changing (tweaking, whatever) your algo from time to time as the internet continues to evolve. Then people will be complaining about how your algorithm change ruined them...
We've all got to get the biggest possible picture we can in order to thrive...
Reads like an el-cheapo wanna-be writers hub.
So the articles contain no original research, no fact checking, no looking things up in books, no going to the library for research because it isn't cost effective.
they have the money...
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 5:00 pm (utc) on Feb 27, 2011]
[edit reason] lets leave urls out of it. [/edit]
Lets leave any more outting urls out of it.
Before advising, look at whom this update has impacted the most. It has affected many moms and retired folks, who post their recipes online or do some blogging for small returns.These are not the people who can start a SE during the fag end of their lives.Google might not have intended to harm them but they know that while addressing other situations, these people will also be destroyed, as their recipes get easily copied by big "How Tos"
[edited by: shallow at 6:45 pm (utc) on Feb 27, 2011]