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Hubpages, escaping the Content Farm

Updated on November 10, 2012

What's a Content Farm?

The mental picture is to be a field, covered in cow flop with a few sprouts sticking up.  Every two feet is another billboard advertising products you can live happily without and services you don't need or want.

The reason people wind up in this field is because they were tricked.  Someone turned the sign post.  

Getting it

If you do a little 'hubhopping' on Hubpages you will find that the vast majority; 98 - 99% of all items are unredeemable SPAM.

Crap writing , selling products, services, religion, whatever can be sold.
What makes it so invidious is the use of Search Engine Optimisation 'key words'.

What SEO key words are is that twisted sign post which instead of pointing to Disney World points to the field of Cow flop.

People are searching for information. They put the terms in the little search box on their browser or go directly to Google or Bing or Yahoo or whatever search engine they use. Instead of going to a site which holds the information, the search engine is tricked into coming to the field of Cow Flop; The Content Farm.

Replaced by an Application

There is no replacement for a
Human Editor.
Various sites have tried all sorts of applications; whether they are to check for 'plagiarism' or 'spell/grammar' . But an application is not an A.I. which can read the article and discern that it is cow flop labeled as chocolate.

Only a human can appreciate that the item published is Cow Flop. Only a human can discern that some guy is too cheap to pay for an ad so publishes it on Hubpages as an article.

Adsense pays money to post its advertisements.

Let's all laugh at stupid Google, which owns Adsense paying for Ads and views of Ads which are decorating an Ad that was published for Free!

How long did Hubpages and other Content Farms think it could rip off Google Adsense?

The Solution

The idea of 'Hubhopping' works when there's a lot of great stuff and just a few pieces of Spam. As this site is mostly Spam it is overtime for human editors to be retained.

As Hubpages is too cheap to hire Editors on a full time basis, it should 'hire' the best contributors on a 'piece work'  assignment.

Whomever is collecting coin for Hubpages needs to physically go through it's  stable of writers, finding the top one hundred; not those who make the most money and are the best spammers,  but people who really do write quality articles.

Offer them something like $10 for every 100 articles they review.  Make sure that their names are stuck on the article; 'reviewed by...'   so as to weed out those who pass crap.   

Eventually every article on Hubpages would be reviewed and about 100k would be removed from the site to a new arena called Hubcrud.   Anyone who does a search and goes to Hubcrud knows it is crud.   Google Adsense would then make up its mind whether or not it wants to advertise on Hubcrud.   

Meanwhile,  Hubpages  would no longer be a Content Farm. 


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    • qeyler profile image

      qeyler 6 years ago

      BTW; since the article was written I have notice the quality of Hubs increasing, while, tragically, Triond has become the major crap site.

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      Dirk Chester 6 years ago

      This site is bleeping trash

    • qeyler profile image

      qeyler 6 years ago

      If you hubhop you'll find out how rare the good article is. You'll find that out of 100 articles, 1 is good, 2 are readable, twenty are Xian tracts and the rest are Spam. Pure spam. Selling crap. The usual rote opening sentence, SEO words...selling...sneakers, services, equipment, education, yada yada bing.

      How much hubhopping can the average stomach take? As a freak show once and a while...

      I am wondering if Hubpages is going to do anything, or like Triond let the cess pool run.

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I agree. Someone really does need to go through and check every article. I think there is a lot of good content here though.

      Guidelines about length etc need to be made stricter also.

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      qeyler 6 years ago

      Thanks Katie! And if you think about it; it would be cheap at the cost. Once the spam is gone the site will do better.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Amen! Amen! That's exactly what needs to happen and hopefully they will realize they need to start weeding the garden. Great article! :) Katie

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      qeyler 6 years ago

      I agree with you simeon. Right now, it is an emergency. If Hubpages doesn't shake the content farm label it's over.

      Hp has got to offer a real incentive at first...down the road it can be reduced.

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      simeonvisser 6 years ago

      Not a bad idea. If HubPages makes good guidelines on what they wish to see in articles then they can reward people financially for reviewing the content. Like it was mentioned in the forums, Hubhopping is nice but it now relies on the altruism of people.