Google Farmer Update Support Groups

Feb 28, 2011 • 9:12 am | comments (13) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google Content Farm Algo Update SupportWere you hit by that large Google Content Farm algorithm update that went live Thursday afternoon? Do you feel you were mistreated? Do you feel on the verge of a break down? Is your business hanging by a thread now?

You are not alone and I mean that.

Many many webmasters have been hit by this update. Some deservingly and many, like you, without warrant. Google update, with no question, have the potential of hurting sites that are not a literal fit of an update. Many are saying that their sites were lumped into the category of being a content farm, when in reality, they are not.

I see the pain in the words typed by these site owners and they feel horrible.

The best thing you can do is join others that were hit by the same update. Not only does it feel good to be with others that have the same troubles but maybe you can learn from it. If you can learn from others, maybe you can change your site or learn from others how they can get themselves out of the Content Farm algorithm?

There have been some excellent reports over the weekend on who was hit by this update. Sistrix compiled some serious data and Danny Sullivan mashed up that data as well. Here is the Sistrix data:

Google Farmer Update Hit Report

I am not going to talk more about who was hit and who wasn't. You can get that from Danny's piece, he linked to many sources.

If you were hit, you are going to want to find out who else you can talk to in the same boat and even more importantly, what they are doing to get out of such a mess.

Below is a listing of forum threads with conversations with sites hit by this and webmasters trying to help.

Forum discussion at Sphinn 1, Sphinn 2, Google Blogoscoped Forums, WebmasterWorld 1, WebmasterWorld 2, WebmasterWorld 3, WebmasterWorld 4, DigitalPoint 1, DigitalPoint 2, DigitalPont 3 and Google Webmaster Help 1, Google Webmaster Help 2, Google Webmaster Help 3, Google Webmaster Help 4, Google Webmaster Help 5, Google Webmaster Help 6, Google Webmaster Help MORE.

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02/28/2011 02:22 pm

SEO Clarity also put together reports on this. Their report on winners and losers from this update is cited in Danny's piece. They also have a report specifically for coupon sites. You can get both the reports here:

Vinnie Curto

02/28/2011 04:53 pm

it would be really useful if backlink analysis were done on those pages from the 'farms' to see why some survived and why some did not. i'm not sure who has the capability to do such an analysis, maybe Majestic or Linkscape?


02/28/2011 04:56 pm

With only a few days of data it is hard to tell for sure. Especially considering it happened into a weekend, but day over day this weekend to last weekend my traffic is up 10%. So yay. Perhaps the hits on these content farms has provided my sites with less competition and more traffic. I'll continue to monitor it though.

Barry Schwartz

02/28/2011 05:26 pm

Yea, very hard to tell due to the weekend...


02/28/2011 07:13 pm

I've seen so many 1 liner pages and scrapped pages on the first page. I can't imagine how big G implemented this gigantic algo without proper testing. For now, I've decided to quit Google completely and use Blekko and DuckDuckGo or give Bing a try.

Dani Horowitz

02/28/2011 09:58 pm

DaniWeb was hit REALLY hard and I am struggling to figure out exactly why. We are a quality discussion forum with an editorial side and absolutely NO duplicate content. Does anyone have any strategies they've implemented over the weekend that have improved things?

online shopping uk

03/01/2011 07:54 am

Google Algorithm change definitely hits many big sites that you mentioned in your article.. It is massive hit! Some Webmaster lost the traffic completely due to keywords lost their SERP while some of them have keywords ranked but have traffic lost as well..

Gail Gardner

03/01/2011 12:35 pm

Many sites besides "content farms" are affected by every Google update and this one is no exception. Also hit hard are sites that are Google Competitors as I explain in that post - and many of them provide much added value to shoppers and searchers. I wish that more people would stop believing what Big G claims they are doing and start realizing what is really going on. More in that post and others in my blog where I lay it out with proof.


03/02/2011 03:50 pm

Following that infamous Feb. 24/2011 algo update, it's obvious that Google doesn't have a clue how to distinguish between original, and scraped content. Apparently, it took a full year of brainstorming by Google's brightest to dream up this embarrassing blunder, where a great many high quality, clean, and original-content sites took a hit. Google may think that it has become too big to fall, but if all the BETTER web sites were to block googlebots from indexing their sites, eventually even non-savy and non-technical web users would notice that Google has blown a gasket, and that they'll have to get relevant and quality search results elsewhere.


03/03/2011 03:58 am

Its hard for many webmasters to digest :( so many content oriented websites got shattered .

Google Local SEO

03/03/2011 06:47 am

We all know that Google has offered great services to its users and I am one of it who has availed. But despite of the humours on the Google, they will still have the solution in fixing these problems. Though many websites were affected and ruin it is indeed sufficient if you will just find a way in this issue.

dee oneal

03/07/2011 11:38 pm

That's really ouch! This is the first time that I've seen such big changes in some of the sites that I know are doing really great for the past so many years. I couldn't imagine that they are the ones who are so affected by the sudden big change. I don't know how Google came up with the solution and until now I was kinda puzzled. If you actually look at the whole aspects some of those sites are not actually content farm and that was disappointing for those webmasters for sure. I'm still waiting for more updates on this matter since everyone is so concerned.


04/11/2011 12:40 am

Congress cuts spending, Google cuts low qual links. More of this to come i'm sure as Google is trying to serve up quality results to the searchers, not manipulated results based on low quality link popularity. I'm for it.

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