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Google Panda Update – Made for Big Brands? Google Panda Update – Made for Big Brands?
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iCrossing does online marketing for numerous big brands, and says it has noticed some trends in which some of these brands have either risen in rankings or remained flat since the Google’s Panda Update, for keywords where other sites dropped …

Google Does Guest Post for Panda Victim HubPages Google Does Guest Post for Panda Victim HubPages
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HubPages was one of the big Panda victims from based on the often-cited Sistrix report. The company never denied this. “We are confident that over time the proven quality of our writers’ content will be attractive to users,” HubPages CEO …

Examiner’s Approach to Content Quality Post Panda Update Examiner’s Approach to Content Quality Post Panda Update
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Google’s recent Panda update has forced sites all over the web to step up and re-evaluate their content, and the policies by which their contributors must abide in order to keep said content looked upon in a positive light by …

MerchantCircle Goes From Panda Victim to Blekko Curator MerchantCircle Goes From Panda Victim to Blekko Curator
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Interesting news from Blekko today. The alternative search engine, focused on weeding out spam from search, has partnered with one of the top sites impacted by Google’s Panda update – MerchantCircle. MerchantCircle is a small business community site with 1.6 …

EzineArticles Tells Authors How to Get Accepted Post Panda EzineArticles Tells Authors How to Get Accepted Post Panda
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If you’ve been keeping up with the fallout from Google’s Panda algorithm update, you’ll know that EzineArticles has been reported to have been one of the hardest hit sites. Last week, CEO Christohper Knight gave an update about the site’s …

Search Quality Should Trend Upward With Expert Content Search Quality Should Trend Upward With Expert Content
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We talk about search quality a lot these days, particularly since the rise of content farms, and Google’s efforts to improve in light of them. While the quality of a search result isn’t always life or death, results for certain …

Google Search Quality To Get New Addition Google Search Quality To Get New Addition
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Google is looking to boost search quality in a variety of ways – through algorithm updates like Panda, through giving users the ability to block domains, and by unleashing the +1 button, to name a few. Another thing that might …

Google Panda Update: Lack of Consistency on Quality? Google Panda Update: Lack of Consistency on Quality?
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We’ve been talking with a lot of people who have had their sites impacted negatively by Google’s recent “Panda” algorithm update. Our thinking is that the more sides of the story we hear, the more webmasters and content producers will …

Foner Books – Another Victim of the Google Update
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We’re hearing a lot of interesting stories regarding the fallout of Google’s recent search algorithm update, which was aimed at reducing the rankings of lower quality content. We noticed Morris Rosenthal,owner of Foner Books had some grievances, expressed on his blog. We reached out to hear more of his story, and he was happy to share quite a bit. 

Block Domains in Google Search Results
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Google just made a huge move that may have heavier ramifications on search quality than even the Panda Update. Google has basically taken the ability to block sites that it released in a Chrome extension recently, and simply added it …

Will Google Fill In Its Own Search Gaps, Demand Media-Style? Will Google Fill In Its Own Search Gaps, Demand Media-Style?
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Last year, a Google patent application was released for “Identifying inadequate search content“.  This is described as, “systems and methods for identifying inadequate search content are provided. Inadequate search content, for example, can be identified based on statistics associated with …

Suite101 CEO Writes Open Letter to Google’s Matt Cutts
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Google basically called out Suite101 as the poster child site of what its “Panda” algorithm update was aimed at. Reports have found the site to be one of the hardest hit, and while the site has often been mentioned in …

Retrevo Says Google Update Pushed Bigger Brands Up

Consumer electronics shopping site Retrevo was among those sites hurt by Google’s recent algorithm update. The company tells us that bigger brands are now favored over their content for searches where they were ranking well before.

AdSense and Its Relationship to Search Rankings
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Many of the lower quality sites Google targeted with its algorithm update rely on Google AdSense ads for revenue. Many low quality sites have been created over the years just to make AdSense money. Obviously Google knows this, but when some of the big sites often labeled as content farms churn out mass content, there is potentially a lot of money to be made for both that content site and for Google.

Did Google’s Algorithm Update Go Far Enough on Content Farms?
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As you probably know by now, Google has implemented a new algorithm change that the company says impacts 11.8% of their queries. While Google would not come out and say directly that the update is aimed at content farms, this is widely understood to be the case. 

Demand Media Goes on the Defensive About Content Quality
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Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt mentioned in the company’s earnings call the other day that Demand Media was ready to set out and rigorously start defending its content, as it falls victim to a great deal of criticism over quality. 

Overstock.com Hit with Google Penalty
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There is an interesting trend of big brand sites getting busted for gaming Google, and gaining mainstream media attention lately. A couple weeks ago, JCPenney was busted for paid links, then Forbes attracted some similar attention.

If Google Tweaked Its Search Results …
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Google’s search quality has been a heated topic of discussion in recent weeks – mainly with regard to content farms permeating search results. It’s not only an issue with Google, but Google is by far the largest search engine, dominating the market by a landslide, so it gets the most scrutiny. 

An Inside Look at wikiHow Content Quality Control
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We recently spoke with Jack Herrick, founder of wikiHow, about how wikiHow’s quality differs from a site like eHow, which is often labeled a content farm with suspect quality. Herrick’s insight on this is particularly interesting, given that he used to run eHow, before selling to Demand Media. 

Herrick has now shared more information with us about the quality control process at wikiHow. We’ll let you be the judge on how effective it is. 

User Feedback: The Next Google Ranking Signal?
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Google’s Matt Cutts has indicated in recent weeks that Google is working on projects that will deal with some of the search engine’s quality issues with regards to content farms. It looks like one of those projects is now here.  Google has launched a Chrome extension that lets users block sites from search results.

Blekko Partners with Stack Overflow for Programming Queries
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Blekko just announced it is now using the Stack Overflow community to help improve and maintain programming-related slashtags for its search engine. Stack Overflow, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is a programming Q&A site built by programmers for other programmers.