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Google Seeks to Weaken Search Engine Ranking of “Content Farming” Websites

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    About time:

  2. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Ruh-oh. Someone call Bleacher Report.
  3. Jersey_Guy

    Jersey_Guy Active Member

    Thank God. Google News has become next to useless with all the results from Bleacher Report, SB Nation, BallerStatus.com, etc. It's not all crap, but the quality-to-crap ratio is so high so as to make the search significantly degraded.

    Almost equally bad, incidentally, is USA Today, which appears to have completely de-emphasized its own sports content in favor of aggregating (i.e. stealing) other sites' content and passing it off as its own by summarizing it.
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    And Demand Studios.
  6. NickMordo

    NickMordo Active Member

    And eHow and Examiner.
  7. blacktitleist

    blacktitleist Member

    Now if Yahoo would follow suit, it would be an even more crushing blow to B/R
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I've gotten 17 "google news alerts" on Nick Punto in the past three days. I think three of them were from legitimate newspapers, or legitimate blogs. The rest were places like BR. It hurt my heart, since I'd never read BR, to see what they're really considering "content."
  9. Jersey_Guy

    Jersey_Guy Active Member

    I think you can see a huge improvement in Google News sports results already.
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member


  11. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Frankly, Bleacher Report and other content mills shouldn't be in Google News results at all.

    As for regular search results, I'd like to see content mill results pushed down, at least below a Wikipedia entry.
  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    So, doesn't this pretty much destroy the business plan for sites like Bleacher Report? I mean, it's not like anyone actually goes there on purpose.

    Google News had become nearly useless. I didn't want it to restrict searches to only sites like the New York Times or the Washington Post, but I've long thought that there should be a way for me, the user, to rank search results. This way, I could give a thumbs up (or something like that) to results from the Times, the Post & other legitimate sources. And, I should be able to say, "do not show me more results from this source."

    If Google can take car of all of this through adjusting their algorithms, fine. I hope they can.
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