For Now…(Updated w/ Video 3/10/11)
I’ve added this great video on the topic from SplashCast w/ Renay San Miguel with some great insight and tips on “White hat SEO” which leverages Social Media to create SEO 2.0.
Original Article from 3/6/11:
Google has laid a major blow to content farms such as Demand Media and Associated Press (Notice how I’m not providing a link) in the battle with “gaming” and “jamming” Google Search with low-grade content with High page rank.
Some “content farms” use automated means to create “spammy” articles and others hire “journalists” at rates of a meager $2-3 /hour to produce low-grade content they know nothing about. (All the terms with”” are examples of the aspects of poor quality content Google is trying to shove down to the bottom of it’s rankings where it belongs.)
During the first week of Google’s “Anti Demand Media” Search Algorithm update, Sistrix found that many content farms like Associated Content, Articles Base, WiseGeek and Examiner have seen 75 to 95% of their keywords have been removed.
Hopefully independent Blogs and High Quality content providers can once again rise up to the place they deserve within Google Search like the hay-days of the Blogging boom in the early 2000’s.