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- 20 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- 77 readers -
  • SEO and 11 Years of Google Algorithm Updates

    … to a more dynamic approach. According to Google, it resulted in a 50 percent fresher index. Panda/Farmer – 2011 SEOs named this update Farmer prior to its official release. However, when announced, Google named it Panda.The update focused on spam, thin content, content farms, scrapers and sites with high ad-to-content ratios. Many updates…

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

    … with phishing sites, fraudulent sites or sites propagating scams, spammy sites…. Well, you get the picture. On top of this, users are often inundated with non-malicious, but low quality/ low content sites like parked domains, 404s and cheap content farms. To deal with this, search engines must ensure not only results relevance (pertinence of content to user’s…

    Search Engine Journalin SEO- 6 readers -
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