Although I’m not sure Virginia Heffernan totally gets the issue and some of the quotes seem much like others I’ve read, and I’m not at all sure AOL’s seemingly decent effort at truly local news called Patch qualifies as a content farm, it is interesting to me that the issue of content farms and Google’s response has reached this level of national consciousness.
If nothing else it begins to help good writers build a case for paying good writers a decent amount to be something other than more grist for content mills.
I’m serious about that. There’s nothing to prevent you from including that article on your website or in your physical portfolio as a reason why you charge $X an hour or $X an article.
It’s also worth taking a few minutes with the comments. More than one reader had been wondering why their search results were deteriorating and are delighted to find out why and that Google has taken steps to improve the quality of search there.
Yes, there are bunch of discouraged writers complaining that content farms mean they can’t make a living. Just ignore those. No one can undercut you, truly. You don’t have to write for content farms or low paying clients. The more you believe in yourself the more successful you’ll be. Not only that, there are an amazing number of different kinds of online freelance writing jobs.
How is your writing business going these days?
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