Did Google's Algorithm Update Go Far Enough on Content Farms?

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As you probably know by now, Google has implemented a new algorithm change that the company says impacts 11.8% of their queries. While Google would not come out and say directly that the update is aimed at content farms, this is widely understood to be the case.  Are you satisfied with Google’s Update? Tell us what you think.  What Google …

Demand Media: We're "Very White Hat"

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Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt, speaking on an earnings call today, took to defending his company’s content, which is often subject to a great deal of criticism, though I would contend that much of the criticism is really geared toward Google for surfacing some of the more questionable (in quality) content over other results that would appear more authoritative.  In …

Leave Explicit SERP Feedback for Google

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Google is on the hunt for content farms – sites with shallow or low quality content – announcing the release of an experimental Chrome extension for people to block sites from appearing in their Web search results.  In addition to blocking the site from appearing, the extension also sends the blocked site's information to Google. Should… [[ This is a …

DuckDuckGo Follows Content Farm Banning With Promoting wikiHow Content

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Today, DuckDuckGo has started "hard wiring" wikiHow as the first result on its search engine results pages for how-to queries.  wikiHow founder Jack Herrick (who also ran eHow before selling to Demand Media) tells WebProNews, "As you know, there is tons of buzz on the web about what Google’s next step will be with tackling low quality content from content farms." …

Demand Media CEO: Google Not Talking About Us

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Last week, Google’s Matt Cutts put up a blog post talking about a shift in focus to content farms, which he defines as "sites with shallow or low-quality content". Most people that read this assumed he was talking about sites like some of those offered by Demand Media (eHow.com, for example), which launched an IPO this week valuing the company …

How Will Quora Handle Being Both Twitter and Wikipedia?

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You’ve probably noticed that Quora has been getting a lot of press here in early 2011. As a result, the site is getting a lot of new users. As a result of that, there is growing concern that Quora will have a hard time maintaining the level of quality that led to it getting all the press in the first …

Tumblr Raises Another $5 Million in Funding

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Tumblr has just announced another healthy influx of cash — $5 million from Spark and Union Square Ventures — nearly doubling the $5.2 million raised in A and B rounds of financing. The popular mini-blog company has been testing and optimizing various paid features for a while and hopes 2010 will bring it further down the road to profitability. Tumblr …