Is Google Evil?
I have written a number of articles about Google, Hubpages, the Panda, and similar topics. I can not link them to this article.
I can not link them because this site, having been attacked by the vicious Panda has determined that all links are evil.
If I could link, I would not have to 'reinvent' the wheel. But I can't link, because Google Said So!
Understand this; that up until 2010 Hubpages allowed people to use links. After the creation of the Panda algorithm, writing sites, those which were labeled 'Content Farms' became so terrified that they would offend the Great Google, they do whatever it is they think will protect them.
Enter the Panda
In 2011 there were a large number of online publishing sites which Paid their contributors. Some paid better than others.
In 2011, Google announced that it was going to slap down 'Content Farms'. It decided that many online writing sites which paid their contributers were Content Farms. Google created an algorithm called 'Panda', which, purportedly, would, after an honest analysis, move items published on Content Farms to the end of a search, (if the content would appear at all).
Online publishing sites, which paid, should take immediate action to remove 'low value' items, or else!
If I could link...
At first I considered the Panda a good thing. There were too many items which said nothing, just kept repeating key words and SEO terms, so that;
"Today, everyone is interested in Keyword. All over the World people are talking about Keyword. Many people are concerned about Keyword...."
And each day, there would be a replacement of the Keyword; so that the so-called 'writer' could turn out crap like that day after day, score high on a Google Search, get a lot of hits and make a lot of money.
Hence, to slap down those writers, to slap down a site which harboured such writers, was, to my mind an honest reaction, as, after all, Adsense, one of the many Google products, pays for the hits.
I truly believed that altruistic 'cleansing' of the Net was correct.
But then, I tend to have a large stripe of Innocence.
If I could link I would to an article I wrote about Knol. Since it was 'not featured' I published it elsewhere.
Knol was an online publishing site created by Google in 2012. It Did Not Pay. It demanded the most scholarly work, but paid nothing.
Why would anyone who could post on an online site that paid contributors opt instead to publish on an online site which didn't pay it's writers?
Have you connected the dots?
Kill the Content Farm!
Google, all by itself, determined which sites were 'Content Farms' dropped them to the bottom of a Google Search, at the Same Time it went to Introduce it's very own online writing site which Did Not Pay Writers.
Google, slapping down online writing sites that Paid writers, forced the owners of such sites to enforce policies. Many of these new policies were not in their interest of the site. In some case these policies, i.e. not linking to previously published items, caused those sites to lose revenue.
How does it work?
If I could link to the article I wrote on Content Farms, then a reader would click on the link, read that article, then return. This means, one viewer, two different views. That means two pennies, instead of one.
That is just one of the policies Google enforced which caused those who wrote for the site to lose money. The idea was that if enough writers lost money, if enough paying online publishing sites went down, they would join Knol, Google's Slave Factory to write for Nothing.
It isn't paranoia, it isn't simply anti-Google. It is an examination of Facts.
It is a 2015 look back on 2012. It is an examination on how many writing sites died because of Google. How many online writing sites which paid writers died because of the bias of Google.
And the term Bias, is not misused.
Welcome to 1984
in the novel, 1984 the protagonist, Winston Smith, worked at the Ministry of Truth. His job was to destroy anything that conflicted with this minute's truth. One could not see what the State did not want them to see.
As any repressive regime, which tells you what you can and can not view, Google has taken control of the 'Net. Those sites which it does not approve of, i.e. online writing sites that pay, will be punished. They will be punished by not showing up on a Google Search.
There might be an article 'How to Handwash Silk', but you will Never see it. You will never see that specific article because it is published on a site which a Google search will not find. it will not find that item because it has tweaked its algorithm to virtually block that site.
Google will only toss up particular sites. Either it owns these sites, is alligned with these sites, or there is some sort of link. That is why, every single Google starts with Wikipedia.
If you use Google as your only search engine you will never know that someone posted the information you seek. on a site Google does Not approve of.
There are Other Search Engines
WE have to stop using Google. We must find other Search Engines which turn up our work. There are many others, Bing, ixquick, Dogpile, Duckduckgo.
If we break the 'control' Google exerts over our obtaining of knowledge, using sites where we can enter the name of one of our articles and a Search reveals it, then we are helping ourselves escape the Google Prison.