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Google SAID Farmer/Panda penalized content farms
Do you have a link to an official Google comment saying that?
...scrapers were sometimes outranking original sites, and we actually made a change to improve that. We heard complaints about what the outside world called content farms; we had a change that we were working on for months and months that just launched.
I cannot believe that a _supposed_ spelling mistake could cause a 300 position drop in ranking
Who's to say if it should be spelled "labor" or "labour"
[edited by: crobb305 at 9:33 pm (utc) on Mar 22, 2011]
Can you restore the spelling error so we can understand if it counts or not?
..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.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 1:00 am (utc) on Mar 23, 2011]
Wait a minute. Does this mean I can't hire 12-year olds to write content for me? But eHow does it, why can't I?
Probably people click Back in browser or go to other website via ads and from here to Google again.
[edited by: crobb305 at 11:27 pm (utc) on Mar 22, 2011]
We can't keep crushing every single theory with the same old "I can't imagine Google penalizing [this, that, the other]." Eventually, each theory will get discounted because "it doesn't seem plausible that Google could/would do that." We have to keep an open mind...
If you actually read it, it says spelling/grammar/typos and quality are not well correlated. In other words, many high-quality pages, as judged by humans, have errors.