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

    It’s common knowledge that Google has a monopolistic hold on search traffic. comScore’s widely cited numbers place Google’s search market share at 67 percent, followed by Bing at 19 percent and Yahoo at 10 percent. But based on our internal data, comScore significantly under-represents Google’s actual US market dominance.

    Relevance- 10 readers -
  • How Panda 4.1 Changes Your Content Performance Strategy

    …, doorway pages, deceptive content, security warnings, pop-up ads, forced downloads “Content farms” like sites that had a lot of how-to type articles that were weak in depth In BrightEdge’s analysis, we saw some of these same types of tactics as patterns for what may have triggered Panda 4.1 in certain industry verticals. BrightEdge tracks a large set…

    Jim Yu/ Marketing Landin SEO Content Google How To's- 47 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- 20 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- 3 readers -
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