Are Search Engines Pushing Webmasters to Produce Poor Sites?

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I want to give them content but they wont have it.
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Threadwatch member ukgimp raises some interesting debate over at SEW:

Here is my reasoning. I have spent good amounts of cash on decent content and pretty pictures but Google dont want it!

What do they want, well to me is seems like useless API scraped cack mixed in with paid results. Plus other argy bargey that a handfull of serious people know about

Sandbox discussion aside there are people out there that can create monsters than rank for lots. They may only last a month, but they do OK out of it the unleash another beast.

The thread centers around the fact that it seems, at least to some, that to get good listings you have to break "the rules" and worse, produce sub-standard websites.

I think it makes sense for Google and other SE's to slowly push new sites into a corner - just look at the sandbox fiasco. Some webmasters forget that the business of a search engine, is to make money - They do that by selling adwords and premium listings so are we fighting a losing battle by producing clean, easy to use, information rich websites or what?

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I do not think its as bad as some people say

>They do that by selling adwords and premium listings so are we fighting a losing battle by producing clean, easy to use, information rich websites or what?

This site is quickly flourishing. Many other sites do too. Most sites are not useful and interesting. That is the core problem.

If it were not your own site would you still visit it? That is the question that webmasters really need to answer for longterm success. Sure someone will be better at manipulating algorithms, but over time if you work hard to make an original and useful site it should pay off.

>This site is quickly flourishing

Cant say that i've noticed any SE referals seobook, but then i've not been checking logfiles, too busy for that marlarky - this place is getting around via word of mouth mostly..

>>if it were not your own site would you still visit it?

That's a good point. Discounting super competitive cats where the crack boys and girls like to play i'd say that was a good rule to work too...

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