Knol; Why Google Hates Online Publishing Sites

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The Actual Reason Why Google has marked online writing sites that pay as 'Content Farms'

Learning From History?

Way back in 2012, when I heard
that Google
was going to cut into the online
publishing market, I had what might be called a 'vision'.

After all, since January 2011 Google had been shrieking about Content Farms, tweaking algorithms, and causing havoc,

Is it a wild assumption to assume that they knew 'something' about online publishing?
Something about 'low value' articles?

I assumed they were raising the bar because they were going to enter the market.

Probably due to the quality of ganja in Jamaica, I believed Google would create the most perfect publishing site imaginable.

Dream On

I imagined a truly beautiful site with templates, but easy to use.

I imagined a battalion of bright moderators who would, after a preliminary plagiarism/spelling/ grammar check was run, read every article.

Read, flag them for crap writing dump Content Farm stuff, and what would result would be a site that would have blushed the cheeks of Michael Quac, creator of Factoidz.

There would be 'good but ordinary' , sections, there would be sections for 'great' and 'exceptional' items. Hence, it would be ‘tiered’ so that the only items which were on the ‘Front Page’ were magnificent.

I assumed they would pay high premiums for the exceptional article, lower rates for the great and the usual 'revenue sharing' for the good but ordinary.

As Google owned the major search engine, they could push the exceptional to the top of the heap, making networking unnecessary.

They'd put the rest of the publishing sites virtually out of business, and those who can
write, would migrate en masse, so that they'd 'own' the field.


Knol paid NOTHING. Not one cent!

No adsense, NOTHING!

Knol expected writers to do scholarly research, free gratis and for nothing, and post their thesis on their site FOR NOTHING..

Let me underline, boldface and set off in quotes; Knol demanded the best and would pay NOTHING for it.

To make any money one would have to use it as a link to redirect to another site.

When I actually went on the site it looked more like a Content Farm than any site slapped down by Google.

Name Change

As is usual with sites which do badly or gain a negative rating Knol changed its name to Annotum.

It is the same no pay lots of work paradigm.

Why in the world would anyone write a 'scholarly’ paper for nothing? This isn't an off the cuff Bubblews kind of thing, this requires a lot of work.

And after three/four hours one receives Nothing!

It would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.

Trite Saying

It has often been said that those who can't do, Teach.

Nothing Google has touched is really that special or useful or top of the line.

Gmail, for example, doesn't allow you to 'Block' a site. A simple thing, yet, beyond the ability of those at Google to manage.

With Writing sites, all that is necessary is good pay. There are thousands of fantastic writers. They may be writers in RL or unable to write in RL because of oppression, time, venue, whatever, yet they have something to say and the ability to say it.

Google, having failed miserably at trying to run a publishing site, attacks those sites which succeed. They succeed because they pay writers,

Google in it's spoiled brat policy has decided to use its power to starve these sites by labeling them Content Farms, and refusing to direct traffic to them.

Starve online publishing sites which pay, by dropping them to the bottom of a Google Search. Google fights to put sites out of business for their own selfish reasons.

Do no Evil?


Annotum, Content Farm, Knol, Not Paying Writers, Writing On Line

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author avatar M G Singh
18th Oct 2015 (#)

Great post and a tremendous insight into writing

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author avatar brendamarie
18th Oct 2015 (#)

great post!!!!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Oct 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Marzeus von Hemelen
18th Oct 2015 (#)

Anybody who shortens "Knowledge" to "Knol" is idiotic anyway. The name reflected the idiotic site.

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author avatar Retired
18th Oct 2015 (#)

Ia Annotum still going? If so, how is it being used, and by whom?

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author avatar Retired
18th Oct 2015 (#)

Winston Churchill once said that "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind". I don't suppose it was Google's intellectual empire-building that he was thinking of, though!

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author avatar pohtiongho
18th Oct 2015 (#)

Just like any other business concern, Google is there to make fast money, and naturally if they can knock off some guys, the income will increase. This is a dogs eat dogs world.

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author avatar kaylar
18th Oct 2015 (#)

Phtiongho this goes beyond competition. What Google doesn't want you to see you will not see with a Google.

There are currently lawsuits against Google for this attempt to control information

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Oct 2015 (#)

When Google changed its criteria all I know is that my Triond earnings plummeted and I don't think many sites lasted long after that.

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author avatar kaylar
18th Oct 2015 (#)

precisely! Triond is now dead, joining squidoo and helium and a slurry of other sites.

It was not a simple 'content farm' issue, it was to destroy writing sites that paid.

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