I found this great story about Google once again manipulating search results to “to give users the most relevant answers to their queries as quickly as possible,” and apparently the algorithm change has had a dramatic affect on sites like Huffington Post a site that many critics consider a “content farm” site.
The changes appear to be affecting these so-called “content farms” the most, which are websites that amass content based on the most-searched terms of the day.
Demand Media, AOL, Mahalo and the Huffington Post have all been accused of such tactics, including a notable “story” from HuffPo about the Super Bowl that Slate.com media critic Jack Shafer called “the greatest example of SEO whoring of all time.”
This is one of the biggest reasons I do not frequent Huffpost, because they take all of their content from other sites, rarely have an original thought of their own, and all one needs to do to know what Huffpost will have on their site its search Google Trends.
Google says their algorithm change will only have an effect on twelve percent of the sites Google indexes in its search results.
I say Good work Google. I am sick of these content farm sites getting all the traffic. I don’t know much about search algorithms but I have noticed a substantial increase of traffic on my site, which has no ads and no malware like Huffpost.
Thanks Google. JD