Content Farms

In the context of the World Wide Web, a content farm (or content mill) is a company that employs large numbers of often freelance writers to generate large amounts of textual content which is specifically designed to satisfy algorithms for maximal retrieval by automated search engines. Their main goal is to generate advertising revenue through attracting reader page views as first exposed in the context of social spam.Articles in content farms have been found to contain identical passages across several media sources, leading to questions about the sites placing search engine optimization goals over factual relevance.
Posts about Content Farms
  • The Facebook and Google Duopoly

    … in early 2014: Source: SimilarWeb Ten months on, Buzzfeed’s social traffic levels have yet to achieve their early 2014 peak, although it has seen some incremental gains lately. Upworthy, Viralnova and Buzzfeed’s traffic loss is analogous to the hit taken by content farms such as eHow when Google’s Panda update was released, which also focused…

    Relevancein Social SEO Google Facebook- 18 readers -
  • How Panda 4.1 Changes Your Content Performance Strategy

    … that got destroyed during Panda 4.1. Now, I’ve seen affiliate marketers get pummeled for a long time based on previous Panda updates, so it’s interesting that some affiliate sites that have been around for a while just got hit by Panda 4.1. Some sites I analyzed have been around since 2012 and just got hit now. For example, there were sites with very…

    Jim Yu/ Marketing Landin SEO Content Google How To's- 70 readers -
  • SEO and 11 Years of Google Algorithm Updates

    … for the Knowledge Graph and mobile search. Many other updates are featured and covered by Visualsoft’s animated and interactive parallax scrolling website. Understanding Google’s past through these algorithm updates helps us understand where the search behemoth may be headed tomorrow. It is this writer’s opinion that Google is looking to completely…

    Chad Pollitt/ Relevancein SEO Google- 27 readers -
  • Filtering Low Quality Links in Bing SERP

    … share a common principle and desire to stay close to our customers; 2) Webmaster Portal hosts our malware analytics page as well as SEO/ content guidelines and 3) we even share some backend technology to power various data mining and analysis capabilities. In fact, until as recent as 3-4 years ago these two projects were actually developed…

    Search Engine Journalin SEO- 6 readers -
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