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Knol; Google has to be kidding
Learning from History?
In 2011 when I heard that Google
was going to enter the online
publishing market, I had what might be called a 'vision'.
After all, since Google had been shrieking about Content Farms
and tweaking algorithms and causing general havoc,
Is it a wild assumption to think that
Google knew 'something' about online publishing?
Something about 'low value' articles? And that they were raising the bar because
they were going to enter the market?
In my vision, I believed Google would create the most perfect publishing site imaginable.
I imagined a truly beautiful site with various different templates, easy to use.
I imagined a battalion of bright
moderators who would, after a
preliminary plagiarism program
was run, read every article,
I imagined there would be 'levels' 'good but ordinary' , 'great' and 'exceptional'.
I imgained Google would pay high premiums for exceptional articles the lower rates for the great and the usual 'revenue sharing' for the good but ordinary.
As Google owned the major search engine they could push the exceptional article
to the the top of the heap, making networking unnecessary.
They'd put the rest of the publishing sites virtually out of business, and those
who can write, would migrate en masse, so that Google would 'own' the field.
Knol pays NOTHING. Not one cent!
It expects fools to do scholarly research, for free gratis and for nothing.
It expects these fools to post their thesis on Knol FOR NOTHING..
Knol demands the best and pays NOTHING for it.
To make any money one would have to use the article as a link to redirect to another site.
Knol looked more like a Content Farm than any site slapped down by Google.
As is usual with sites which do badly or gain a very negative rating Knol is about to change its name to Annotum.
The same no pay lots of work paradigm, the same having to link to get to a site where one might make a penny after 100 hits. And who would go to Annotum to be directed to another site?
It would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.
It has often been said that those who can't do, Teach.
When it comes to online sites, those who run 'search engines' can't create sites. They really can't. Nothing Google has touched is really that special or useful or top of the line.
Gmail, for example, doesn't allow you to 'Block' a site. A simple thing, yet, beyond the ability of those at Google to manage.
With Writing sites, all that is necessary is good pay. There are thousands of fantastic writers people who either can't write in RL because of oppression, time, venue, whatever, yet have something to say. Giving the best of them a really good site is insuring hits.
Alas, Google gets it wrong.