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Will the new Google algorithm change affect our hubs? What exactly is a content farm?
Google has updated its new algorithm, downgrading content from content farms. Mahalo, ehow and host of other content sites are being targeted, and reportedly, their ranking is all set to decrease.. Will Hubpages be affected too?
A special request to all SEO experts.. pour in your knowledge and share your insight!!!
Yes - Google are trying out things at the moment to see what will work I guess - I wrote a hub recently about the new extension that lets people block certain sites from search results - the hub also has a list of 20 sites that are considered to be content farms (not by Google but by another search engine) - hubpages is not on the list.
This is the list (they are all dot coms)
A content farm is a site with low-quality content that uses keywords to rank higher than they should in Google searches
A content farm is a term slapped on a publishing site which puts out shallow and poorly constructed items. Crap writing, to be blunt, surrounded by Ads for which Google will pay per click.
Hence, paying to put ads around a piece of Crap which fools a search engine, like Google, into thinking it is a real article, and it appears in a Search, annoys them no end.
If Hubpages has crap articles and removes them, so that what is left is the good stuff, then there will be no reason to discriminate. If there's crap then what will happen is that when one enters a search term anything from a Content Farm site will be way at the bottom.
If Hubpages gets that blemish, that means if you wrote about George Washington and there are 1.4M entries for George Washingston, you will be LAST.
I really don't know the answer but I love the picture. I think Hubpages will be affected until our very wise code writers figure it out. The hubris will settle in about a week then we can take stock.
Do article directories like ezine articles or other top article directories can be considered a link farm?
The list of 'content farms' that many of us write for is much larger than the one above. Sites like Associated Content, Suite101, Ezinearticles.com, Squidoo, and many others have taken a HUGE hit in the searches. Hubpages may have as well.
Google apparently sought to remove listings for copied and scraped content - but by targeting these sites completely, everyone got hurt.
Don't worry about SEO so much (though do use your keywords) and write naturally about things you care about and things you think others care about, and perhaps you will be okay.
That's just my sorta-informed advice. Only time will tell how things play out.
Here are a few articles worth reading:
http://searchengineland.com/who-lost-in … ange-66173
http://searchengineland.com/google-fore … date-66071
According to an article that I read on Businessinsider.com, Hubpages did take somewhat of a hit after google's algorithm change was put into place. It's hard to say how, this will affect future traffic for HP, but the response from users and the Hubpages leadership seems to be good so far. They seem to be focused on making more of an effort to cut the spam hubs and be more devoted to quality content over quantity. This should help in the future.
We just got a huge boost in our Google SERP. We always avoid content farms - or any site that allows useless information.
You're often judged by who you associate with - in life and now online too.
I doubt there will be a full site affect. I do think that the new algo will affect many of the pages here.
No, hubpages will not be affected by it as they are based on the factor 'Content'. Which was, is and will be always basic of Google also.
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