Google Says Goodbye to Content Farms

Over the past two weeks Google has really been making big news and cleaning up their search results.  First we heard all about the debacle of J.C. Penney from the NY Times for not playing well online and using too many black hat SEO techniques to even list.  Some of the topics that they used to rank #1 on now are not even found in the first ten pages of search content.  Clearly, Google will not tolerate people trying to cheat the system and has no problem acting with authority they possess when needed.

Custom WordPress Site Results in Google
New Social Search Results

Then last week they announced major changes in social search results in Google.  No longer will the results just show up at the bottom of the page, but they will now be ranked into regular results along with organic traffic.  This means that social media platforms like Twitter are even more valuable to your business.  I just did a test to see how this affected my results while logged into my Google account.  As many of you know, we built custom WordPress Sites, so when I did a recent search, there was the link to our site sitting at #3 in the results.  Granted, my results there might be slightly skewed as I am the owner of the social media accounts, logged in, and in the same geolocation, but when I checked with a friend on the other side of the country, I was #6 there.  So, if you aren’t yet using social networks, START NOW!

Following these two big headlines from Google over the past 2 weeks came another HUGE announcement today.  Google has declared war on the content farmers. Content farms are websites that simply pull content off of other websites and publish it out as their own.  They are also sites that have thousands of pages of random content about absolutely nothing of value at all.  People have built these sites because in the past the massive amounts of pages of content would rank well and help them to generate some good income through ads running on the sidebar and people clicking on links within to affiliate programs.

Google Results for Custom WordPress Sites
New Content Farm Free Search Results

But, Google has recognized that these sites are not worthy of such well placement in the SERP’s and have started to take action accordingly.  This means that sites that have a blog attached where users are generating their own unique content to their own site are going to start to see better ranking results.  I noticed that already I have seen big jumps by some of my keywords.  For example, that same term, Custom WordPress Sites, when I search it in a cache cleared browser not logged into Google, it used to rank on page two of Google.  Now I have moved onto the first page of Google and am sitting at number 6.

This once again places a greater importance on blogging and writing new fresh content for your site regularly.  If you are not creating new unique content for your site on a regular basis you will probably find yourself dropping down into the abyss of results with the content farmers, black hat SEO users, and plain old spammers.  Develop a writing strategy, get a plan in place and start.  If you don’t think you can find ideas to write about regularly, there are services to help with blog topics from really great bloggers. Saying you don’t know what to write about is an excuse that can no longer be tolerated.

From my perspective, I am really happy with these recent changes from Google and am excited to see how this will affect online businesses as things move forward.  If your business isn’t as successful as you want it to be online, it might be time for a change.

Jeremy Blanton

Jeremy Blanton is the Co-Founder of 210 Consulting- Social Media Advisors. He is a social media speaker who shares with thousands of people each year on things like how to use Facebook for Business, Blogging, and How to use Twitter.

When he is not coaching or speaking, he spends most of his time working on Custom WordPress Sites for his clients.

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  • Greg Nino

    Great post.. thanks for keeping us in the loop!

  • Sounds like this is good news for a lot of us who blog regularly, thanks for sharing Jeremy.

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  • Thanks for the information Jeremy and for keeping us up-to-date. That’s all good news.

  • Great post, Jeremy! Your tip: “Develop a writing strategy, get a plan in place and start” is the one that has helped me the most. It’s a big elephant, and you can only eat it one bite at a time.

  • No problem Greg! These changes should really benefit us all!

  • I definitely think it will help regular blogger tremendously!

  • Glad I could help Jody!

  • Thanks Dianne! Love your quote!

  • This is awesome news on the content farms, I call splogs. Nothing worse than seeing my post sent to me via a Google Alert from one of those sites.

  • Chris

    On of the sites I compete with syndicates the local newspaper on their blog. There is not one original blog post. Is that the sort of content farming you’re talking about, by any chance?

  • Missy- I couldn’t agree more!

  • I believe so Chris! They should be getting some harsh hits to their SEO
    over the next few months.


  • It’s a good day, Jeremy. I have three “top tier” web pages on my site, each aiming at a different keyword phrase. Two pages were already on their respective front pages but rose a notch or two. The third page climbed from the second page to the first page. I have to credit the new upgrade, since that’s when it happened.

  • Awesome Michael! As you continue to generate quality unique content I bet
    they will soon all three claim top spots in Google!

  • well… very disappointing article i should say… thanks a lot for the information, but what should i do now… i suppose that now afetr that i will not be in results at all… very disappoining! but better know about this to be ready to face it, right? so thanks!

  • The key is to write unique content. You don’t need to write novels at a time, simply 300-800 word posts to be effective.

  • Jeremy, do you think there is a risk that agents using indexable IDX services like Diverse Solution’s IDXpress could be classified as content farms?

  • Steph,

    I am not exactly sure yet on this one. The jury is still out. Here’s my
    thoughts though: If you are continually blogging new & unique content on
    your site while your IDX is sitting on a subdomain, I don’t think it should
    do too much. Yes, this is a feed of content, but I don’t think it is going
    to hurt you if you just had a site set up with 15 affiliate programs, and 5
    feeds of information from other sources that were just duplicating the same
    content from everyone else.

  • This just in: business editing #3, business proofreading #2, manuscript evaluation #2. I am blown away.

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  • Isela

    Great post I appreciate it. I need a little help. I started my blog on wordpress and may just need consulting on it. If you do that can you please contact me? Thanks

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