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Demand Media and eHow in particular have been criticized for large amounts of low-quality content and for operating as a content mill, paying contributors low rates for content intended to rank high in search results, rather than focus on quality information,[3][4][5] with poor quality articles intended mainly to drive up search results rather than inform, specifically by targeting the long tail search results missed by other sites, a category considered by Google to be a modern update on spam.[6]

In 2010 and 2011 Google implemented changes to their algorithms intending to reduce the ranking and impact of content farms. These changes led to a 40% drop in traffic to Demand Media sites.[3][7][8][9] Demand Media responded to the algorithm changes, saying their business model remained solid.[10]

Jack Herrick, former owner of eHow, started up wikiHow after concluding that the wiki method of content creation would ultimately produce higher quality work. He described the difference between eHow and wikiHow as ‘eating a McDonald’s burger vs. a wonderful, home cooked meal'[11]

Search engine DuckDuckGo’s CEO GaDemand Media and eHow in particular have been criticized for large amounts of low-quality content and for operating as a content mill, paying contributors low rates for content intended to rank high in search results, rather than focus on quality information,[3][4][5] with poor quality articles intended mainly to drive up search results rather than inform, specifically by targeting the long tail search results missed by other sites, a category considered by Google to be a modern update on spam.[6]

In 2010 and 2011 Google implementedDemand Media and eHow in particular have been criticized for large amounts of low-quality content and for operating as a content mill, paying contributors low rates for content intended to rank high in search results, rather than focus on quality information,[3][4][5] with poor quality articles intended mainly to drive up search results rather than inform, specifically by targeting the long tail search results missed by other sites, a category considered by Google to be a modern update on spam.[6]

In 2010 and 2011 Google implemented changes to their algorithms intending to reduce the ranking and impact of content farms. These changes led to a 40% drop in traffic to Demand Media sites.[3][7][8][9] Demand Media responded to the algorithm changes, saying their business model remained solid.[10]

Jack Herrick, former owner of eHow, started up wikiHow after concluding that the wiki method of content creation would ultimately produce higher quality work. He described the difference between eHow and wikiHow as ‘eating a McDonald’s burger vs. a wonderful, home cooked meal'[11]

Search engine DuckDuckGo’s CEO Gabriel Weinberg has criticized eHow, along with other Demand Media websites, labeling the company a ‘content mill,’ because of the website’s search engine driven content, low article quality and low writer salaries. DuckDuckGo filters out eHow content because of Weinberg’s perception that Demand Media produces low-quality content designed specifically to rank highly in Google Searches for the purposes of promoting advertising.[12]

Another search engine, Blekko also regards eHow as spam, blacklists the site and filters eHow results out.[13]

Wired magazine has also criticized eHow and Demand Media, calling their content: ‘slapdash’ and a ‘factory stamping out moneymaking content’.[2]
changes to their algorithms intending to reduce the ranking and impact of content farms. These changes led to a 40% drop in traffic to Demand Media sites.[3][7][8][9] Demand Media responded to the algorithm changes, saying their business model remained solid.[10]

Jack Herrick, former owner of eHow, started up wikiHow after concluding that the wiki method of content creation would ultimately produce higher quality work. He described the difference between eHow and wikiHow as ‘eating a McDonald’s burger vs. a wonderful, home cooked meal'[11]

Search engine DuckDuckGo’s CEO Gabriel Weinberg has criticized eHow, along with other Demand Media websites, labeling the company a ‘content mill,’ because of the website’s search engine driven content, low article quality and low writer salaries. DuckDuckGo filters out eHow content because of Weinberg’s perception that Demand Media produces low-quality content designed specifically to rank highly in Google Searches for the purposes of promoting advertising.[12]

Another search engine, Blekko also regards eHow as spam, blacklists the site and filters eHow results out.[13]

Wired magazine has also criticized eHow and Demand Media, calling their content: ‘slapdash’ and a ‘factory stamping out moneymaking content’.[2]
briel Weinberg has criticized eHow, along with other Demand Media websites, labeling the company a ‘content mill,’ because of the website’s search engine driven content, low article quality and low writer salaries. DuckDuckGo filters out eHow content because of Weinberg’s perception that Demand Media produces low-quality content designed specifically to rank highly in Google Searches for the purposes of promoting advertising.[12]

Another search engine, Blekko also regards eHow as spam, blacklists the site and filters eHow results out.[13]

Wired magazine has also criticized eHow and Demand Media, calling their content: ‘slapdash’ and a ‘factory stamping out moneymaking content’.[2]