Google Farmer Update – The Sky Isn’t Falling

There has been so much written about the Google “Farmer” update that you probably are bored to death with it. It’s not like Google don’t do regular updates, this is just another long line of many.

There has been volumes about how Ezinearticles have suffered and having read some comments you’d be start to believe that none of Ezinearticles content was ranking.

You’d be wrong.

I am still getting clickthroughs from Ezineartilces, I have actually been scratching my head over the past week wondering why there has been so much written about something that impacted me and several people I talked to so little.

Having lived through numerous google updates one thing is certain the initial changes will be temporary, google will continue to tweak and modify it’s algorithm to ensure the best content ranks. Although for some reason google seems to thinks in many niches the best most pertinent content is stores… Go figure!

Several major sites were affected and there were several major ones that didn’t seem to have any adverse effects so lets look at 2 of them and see what we can deduce.

Lets compare eHow and Ezinearticles. I searched both for an article on how to clean brick fireplaces, look at the images below and tell me which one looks the most appealing to a visitor. They both have ads yet one looks like a MFA site (made For Adsense) and the other looks like an informative site with images and a step by step guide.

If you were google which would you choose to rank higher?

The images above show that The Ezinearticles content starts much further down the page and under the title , it’s not content but ads. It seems logical to me that if google see’s a title then it expects to see content next , instead it’s getting ads

eHows content starts higher and is immediately below the title, I am not saying that this is a factor BUT it may well be worth testing. But as that may impact the income Ezinearticles earns from OUR articles then it probably won’t be tested.

Once again if you were google which one would you rank higher??

Ezinearticles identified the 7 niches that they say are the biggest problem :

1. Penis Enlargement
2. Get Your Ex Back
3. Acai Berry
4. Reverse Cell Phone Lookup
5. Credit Card Debt Relief
6. Male Enhancement Pill
7. TV for PC

We’ll wow those are certainly not niches full of scams and low quality products are they! If you go to each site and check out how many articles they have on each topic you’ll find Ezinearticles have way more of each.

While on these topics Ezinearticles overall response has been very indicitive of how they treat their authors. Last year they introduced new rules in an attempt to stop what they called Derivitave articles , multiple articles saying the same thing. Good idea, it’s just a pity they didn’t enforce it.

When the Farmer update hit last week they introduced more rules and wanted feedback on what to do with the magnificent 7 above. It’s obvious, what they should do. The editors should do their jobs and not approve poor quality articles.

The top author in the Get you Ex back at ezinearticles has written almost 2000 articles on the topic.. She really needs to get over it and move on!

The top author in the penis enlargement niche has over 1300 articles… he needs to get out more!

Maybe we should hook both of them up!

Now let Ezinearticles tell me that those articles are not derivitive! Every solution EZA have proposed have been aimed at changing the rules , it’s their mess they approved the articles , get in there and re-edit the articles.

So what should you do about the farmer update…. Nothing!

Ask yourself this if you were searching for a solution online and found your own article would it be useful and helpful or just a pile of rehased poop?

If you write good quality content unique content then you’ll be Fine if you are writing poor quality articles then you’ll have problems… It’s always been like that and it always will!

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