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[edited by: tedster at 8:00 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]
But, I believe that Google now prefers sites with a much higher percentage of "valuable" pages. If you don't meet the percentage value determination, whatever that is, you get whacked.
In the mean time, we would encourage all Webmasters to REPORT SPAM to Google
Do you sell a branded product or service? Or are you simply writing a little on a lot of subjects for the sole purpose of luring visitors to your ads? That's a content farm in my book, and they've become a dime a dozen. I know it's hard to accept when you've spent 10 years spinning content to lure in users and search engines, but that's no longer working. Bury you head in the sand and believe in your business model or adapt. It looks like way too many people bought that "get rich quick on Google" ebook.
I doubt you can compare yourself to CNN. Their original content is frequently the source of many content farms. That and true authority sites. If you're writing tens of thousands of one page articles and surrounding the with ads, face it, you've built a content farm and complaining about losing ground is pointless.
What's interesting to me about this update is that affiliate websites with very low level content seem to have been untouched in the same genres as larger websites.
This tells me that the update was focused on websites which do not target a single niche, regardless of how "granular" the taxonomy in the website is.
Anyone interested in more hard data on the sites that lost out in the Farm update?
Many articles republished a short extract of data that was mined by the German company Sistrix. The full list of the 300 websites that lost the highest number of keyword rankings is now available online as a Google doc spreadsheet.