25 Content Farms to Avoid When Researching
Doing research on the internet is getting easier and harder. The amount of resources available to you for free online is growing at an astounding rate. However, the amounts of low quality resources are also on the rise. Over the past couple years we have seen explosive growth in websites known as “content farms”. These websites typically hire thousands of freelance writers who quickly research and write articles on just about any question that could pop in your head from “how do I brush my teeth” to “what is a g6”.
If you are writing a research report or seeking answers to your questions, there is a good chance you are going to come across these sites in search engine results. We wanted to address this issue to help you be aware and to be on the lookout for websites that may waste your time with very brief, poorly researched answers to your searches. Basically, you probably don’t want to rely on this information or source it in one of your papers. Just like Wikipedia, the information may be helpful and correct, but you just don’t know because the editorial quality tends to be lacking.
Google just updated its algorithm on February 23rd to penalize these content farms. This change which affected 11.8% of all searches on Google, make these sites harder to find in Google’s results.
Below are the sites that Google penalized the most in the Google Farmers Update. To being a better researcher in 2011!
The sites above were identified by the researchers at Sistrix. Not are all classically defined as content farms, but still these sites were triggering enough negative factors content that Google took notice.