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RELAX, JOURNALISTS: Content Farms Don't Compete With News--But They Show Where News Fails

RELAX, JOURNALISTS: Content Farms Don't Compete With News--But They Show Where News Fails | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
What do content farms talk about? They talk about what we search about--i.e., what we care about. The biggest tags are "money (which appears 6,204 times in the tags), movie, show, school, family, students, business, game, years, and film."
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Google Reorders Web's Winners - WSJ.com

Google Reorders Web's Winners - WSJ.com | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Google is creating a new set of winners and losers on the Web following its move to punish sites that it believed offered little useful information yet still ranked high in its search results.
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Attention! Google algorithms could label your website/blog as “Content Farm” | Dip In It

Attention! Google algorithms could label your website/blog as “Content Farm” | Dip In It | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
This recent search engine algorithm update by Google made a huge impact on lots of popular websites and blogs causing reduction in their organic traffic source. But the worst thing is that a lots of quality content blogs are already suffering from this fenomenon by getting labeled as “Content Farm” and all this by mistake.
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Google's Big Search Change Hammers Associated Content, Mahalo, But NOT Demand Media

Google's Big Search Change Hammers Associated Content, Mahalo, But NOT Demand Media | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
When Google tweaked its search algorithm to limit crappy results, one of the its primary targets was so-called "content farms."
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Demand Media Responds to Google Content Farm Update | WebProNews

Demand Media Responds to Google Content Farm Update | WebProNews | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Demand Media issued a statement in response to Google's algorithm change, announced last night. Demand says that some of its content did drop in rankings, but that some of it also rose.
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Google Tightens the Screws on Content Farmers

Google Tightens the Screws on Content Farmers | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
When it comes to the latest changes from Google and their effect on content, the stakes are high for all content-production companies — including Yahoo’s Contributor Network and other sites such as Suite101 — but they are arguably highest for Demand Media.
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Interview: Demand Media’s Rosenblatt On Why He Isn’t Worried About Google

Interview: Demand Media’s Rosenblatt On Why He Isn’t Worried About Google | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
What we said and would have said is we applaud Google removing duplicate content ... removing shallow, low quality content because it clogs the search results.
I think content farms have become such a general term that everyone is just throwing around.
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Are Manual Solutions The Answer To Content Farms?

Are Manual Solutions The Answer To Content Farms? | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Given the recent move by Blekko removing 20 spam sites from their index. We need to ask; is this the right approach? In this article we discuss why an algorithmic solution is more likely the day to go.
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"Crowdsourced research": Google Lets Users Block Content Farms

"Crowdsourced research": Google Lets Users Block Content Farms | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
A new Chrome extension allows users to block content farms such as Associated Content and eHow from their search results.
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Google Asks Users to Weigh In on Content Farms

Google Asks Users to Weigh In on Content Farms | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Google has been facing swelling criticism from tech types over the quality of its search results because they often include links to sites like eHow, which critics disparagingly refer to as content farms. Now Google is giving its users a chance to block those sites from search results.
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ArticlesBase: The Profitable Content Farm With 20M Monthly Visitors You Don’t Know

ArticlesBase: The Profitable Content Farm With 20M Monthly Visitors You Don’t Know | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it


Judging by Demand Media's successful IPO, HuffPo getting bought for $315 million and Wikimedia raising over $16 million from Wikipedia users and fans, it appears online content is red hot (again).

So when a company asks me to have a look at their online article directory, which they say gets visited by more than 20 million unique users every month, I pay attention. Even more surprising are those stats when you look at the size of the company: only 11 employees, but ArticlesBase is already - self-reportedly - raking in about $500,000 a month, at a 80% profit margin. What gives?
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Did Demand Media IPO Just in Time? | Fast Company

Did Demand Media IPO Just in Time? | Fast Company | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
SpamDemand Media burst onto the public markets last month, quickly earning itself a valuation of $1.5 billion--and a tidy payday for its chief investors and founders.
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Market turns its eyes to Internet content companies - The Globe and Mail

Market turns its eyes to Internet content companies - The Globe and Mail | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Nielsen, Demand Media IPOs duke it out to win investors’ favour
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» TED 2011: The ‘Panda’ That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google’s Top Search Engineers

» TED 2011: The ‘Panda’ That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google’s Top Search Engineers | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
The background for Googles changes in its algoritm: Our index grew so quickly, and we were just crawling at a much faster speed. When that happened, we basically got a lot of good fresh content, and some not so good. The problem had shifted from random gibberish, which the spam team had nicely taken care of, into somewhat more like written prose. But the content was shallow.
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Google’s content farm crackdown causes collateral damage - Digital Trends

Google’s content farm crackdown causes collateral damage - Digital Trends | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Google issued its largest search algorithm update ever in attempt to weed out "low quality" sites last week, but an odd number of legitimate Web sites have been hit by the update as well. Meanwhile, some spammy sites seem entirely unaffected or boosted by the update. Does Google know what it's doing?
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How Demand Media Used PR Spin to Have Google Kill Their Competitors

How Demand Media Used PR Spin to Have Google Kill Their Competitors | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Demand Media's CEO is the consummate sales professional, when Google first warned about content farms Mr. Rosenblatt he used the above to disclaim that Google means "duplicate content" when they write about content farms. Then Demand quickly scrambled after they were caught publishing plagiarized content the following day. :)
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Google Farmer Update: Quest for Quality - Sistrix has found the biggest losers!

Google Farmer Update: Quest for Quality - Sistrix has found the biggest losers! | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Based on a dataset of one million keywords, which were checked before the update and yesterday Sistrix have determinen the biggest loser of this algorithm-change. And it is not Demand Media.
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The Atlantic Tested Google's New Algorithm: It Really Is Better. Much much better.

The Atlantic Tested Google's New Algorithm: It Really Is Better. Much much better. | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
We looked closely at the same search terms using Google's new algorithm and its old algorithm run through a proxy server. The new algorithm search yielded very different results. Having clicked through all 20 links, The information delivered by the new algorithm is much, much better.
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Google Forecloses On Content Farms With “Farmer” Algorithm Update

Google Forecloses On Content Farms With “Farmer” Algorithm Update | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Google says the change impacts 12% (11.8% is the unrounded figure) of its search results in the US , a far higher impact on results than most of its algorithm changes.
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Dealing with Content Farms - Geek News Central

Dealing with Content Farms - Geek News Central | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
The problem I have with content farms is they tend to push higher quality articles down the search page. The more popular a search is the more likely this is to happen. They also tend to be simplistic and leave out important details. The question is what to do about content farms.
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Kristine Lowe: Are newspapers content farms?

Kristine Lowe: Are newspapers content farms? | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Har Huffpo a content farm? Or; are newspapers content farms too?
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HubPages: A Different Kind Of Content Farm - Empowering Writers - SVW

HubPages: A Different Kind Of Content Farm - Empowering Writers - SVW | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
RT @tomforemski: HubPages: A Different Kind Of Content Farm - Empowering Writers - SVW http://t.co/KPt7ujd
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It's Crunch Time for Google's Battle Against Content Spam

It's Crunch Time for Google's Battle Against Content Spam | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
The trouble lies in the quality of information -- a thorny problem due to the subjectivity of quality in general. Google keeps tweaking its algorithms, but the junk content keeps rising to the top. In the arms race against spammers, the next few years are crucial.
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Google, content farms and one slippery slope | ZDNet

Google, content farms and one slippery slope | ZDNet | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
How will Google’s algorithm determine shallow and low quality content? We could quickly get into an algorithm as censor pickle. Are you willing
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How Matt Cutts Leveraged The Stack Overflow And Hacker News Communities In Redefining The Phrase “Content Farms” | Smackdown!

How Matt Cutts Leveraged The Stack Overflow And Hacker News Communities In Redefining The Phrase “Content Farms” | Smackdown! | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
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