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How Google Decimated A $US2 Billion Search Business

Demand Media, the Santa Monica firm whose network includes eHowand eNom, was valued at over $US2 billion when it went public in 2011. Now it is only worth about a quarter of that, and its founder and original chief innovation officer are no longer with the company. As Variety reports, […]
How Google Decimated A $US2 Billion Search Business
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Are Medium & Quora Just The Rebirth Of Content Farms?

Three years ago a terrible collection of beasts rose from the sea and threatened the Internet we love so dear. These “content farms” churned out low quality prose in SEO-friendly formats to try and garner traffic from Google and other search engines. This traffic was then converted into dollars via […]
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One Of Demand Media’s Founders Left With An Amusingly Slim Payout

[credit provider=”Flickr/colinroots” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/colinroots/1446041181/in/photostream/”] On Monday afternoon, news got out that Demand Media was parting ways with three of its founders and EVPs at once — though the timing, they said, was “just coincidence.”According to SEC filings by the company, it looks like one of those exiting executives, Larry Fitzgibbon — […]
One Of Demand Media’s Founders Left With An Amusingly Slim Payout
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Demand Media Is Cutting Back On Its Massive Volume Of Writing

In an email sent to Demand Media’s thousands of freelance writers the company laid out a rather significant shift in strategy.The so-called “content farm” is cutting back, a process it mentioned in its Q1 report. It will be assigning fewer stories because it feels like it already has a strong […]
Demand Media Is Cutting Back On Its Massive Volume Of Writing
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What Do You Do When Google Cuts Your Traffic In Half?

[credit provider=”Altaide” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/altaide/135653595/”] Many people are speculating about what Google’s algorithm change, designed to weed out low quality sites, will do to “content farms” like Demand Media in the US. But the stakes are even higher in Europe, where Google has marketshare closer to 90% than 60%.Pierre Chappaz, who’s the […]
What Do You Do When Google Cuts Your Traffic In Half?
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Demand Media: No, Google Didn’t Kill Us

[credit provider=”AP”] Demand Media says Google’s latest search tweak didn’t kill them, in a release pointed out by AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher.Google has been tweaking its algorithm to weed out so-called content farm with bad content, and the first big change seemed to affect everyone negatively except Demand. But Google has […]
Demand Media: No, Google Didn’t Kill Us
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Content Is King? I Don’t Think So

The common saying on the Internet has always been; content is king. People say this because the Internet is mainly used by people to obtain information. Thus, they conclude that content (a.k.a. Information) is king. But I think they’re all wrong. Search is king. Search engines are king of the […]
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