Google Combats "Content Farm" SEO Tactics

It’s a dirty trick in the SEO world: posting multiple “news stories” on a site with nothing but SEO keywords and/or content ripped from other articles. Google refers to them as “content farms,” and is changing its famous search algorithms to make sure they don’t rise above legitimate sites.

On January 1st, Google’s Principal Engineer, Matt Cutts, wrote the following on the Google Blog:

To respond to that challenge, we recently launched a redesigned document-level classifier that makes it harder for spammy on-page content to rank highly. The new classifier is better at detecting spam on individual web pages, e.g., repeated spammy words — the sort of phrases you tend to see in junky, automated, self-promoting blog comments. We’ve also radically improved our ability to detect hacked sites, which were a major source of spam in 2010. And we’re evaluating multiple changes that should help drive spam levels even lower, including one change that primarily affects sites that copy others’ content and sites with low levels of original content.

What does that mean for you?

If you work with PilmerPR, or another credible SEO firm, this is good news. It means your sites will rank higher and not be pushed down by spammy results. However, if your SEO firm relies on self-publishing websites, frequent half-baked news articles, or questionable “guarenteed results” methods, you may be in trouble.

The average web surfer will get more targeted results. Will your company still be there?

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About the Author:

As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.
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