Google Accidentally Label Your Site As A Content Farm? Get Help Here

Mar 3, 2011 • 9:10 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Content Farm HelpWere you bundled into the sites that got hit by the Google Farmer Update? Do you think Google classified your site incorrectly and you were collateral damage? Is emotional support not enough? Well, good news!

Google has opened up a thread asking for examples of sites that were hurt by this update. Google will review these sites and double check the algorithm is indeed working as they planned.

How To Get Help From Google:

To get help from Google, go to this Google Webmaster Help thread and submit your site and details. Google said:

According to our metrics, this update improves overall search quality. However, we are interested in hearing feedback from site owners and the community as we continue to refine our algorithms. If you know of a high quality site that has been negatively affected by this change, please bring it to our attention in this thread. Note that as this is an algorithmic change we are unable to make manual exceptions, but in cases of high quality content we can pass the examples along to the engineers who will look at them as they work on future iterations and improvements to the algorithm. So even if you don't see us responding, know that we're doing a lot of listening.

Google said they cannot "make manual exceptions," aka whitelist sites. But they will review the sites and see how they can use them to improve this algorithmic update.

I have to say, in addition to thanking Google for opening up this thread, you must thank Danny Sullivan for politely encouraging Google to give webmasters a method of asking Google for help with this update. Without Danny, I doubt there would be a single channel to submit your site specific to this algorithmic update.

So get to it. Know a high quality site hit by this update? Let Google know now.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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03/03/2011 03:24 pm

I can't believe people want to depend on Google (such an eradic neighbour)

Mark Robertson

03/03/2011 11:06 pm

So - I could go on and on and I wont, but I've been negatively affected and neither myself nor any SEO folks I know think that it is legit after investigating the site thoroughly - we do nothing but write quality content and have dropped beneath even content farms that have stolen our articles. So, here's my question - do you think we should submit re-inclusion requests? Im guessing they dont want that but short of posting on a Google forum whereby 100's of sites already have posted comments (many that shouldnt as their sites probably deserved the hit), I am completely at a loss. Ive spent a week now making sure there were no problem links outbound, etc... etc... etc... but have no idea what to do but wait - which is honestly going to kill us.... So - do you think a re-inclusion request is a good idea?

Mark Robertson

03/03/2011 11:06 pm

PS - Thank you Danny and thank you Barry

Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny

03/05/2011 01:33 am

Thank you for posting this information. I am impacted by the change in the algorithm. I publish blog carnivals - lists of posts that I've found or that people send to me. I include a sentence or two along with the link. Yikes! Link farm status for me, I suppose. I'm off to send my info. Who knows? Maybe they'll bump me back up again.


03/05/2011 09:31 am

But go and look at the sites that are posting in that thread. Most of them deserve the rankings drop!

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