Content Farms Archive

  • Content farmers’ harvest proves hard to collect

    Content farmers’ harvest proves hard to collect

    Analysis by Tim Dawson “When you pay nothing, you are the product” goes the saying.  As a truism it might pre-date the internet, but it is a sentiment whose perfect expression occurs in the relationship between content farms and their users. Cheaply-generated material on search-engine-optimized pages, surrounded by advertisements seemed, a year ago, as though […]

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  • James ‘pay nowt’ Brown: saviour or saboteur?

    James ‘pay nowt’ Brown: saviour or saboteur?

    Sabotage Times, James Brown’s latest venture aims to be an online showcase for new writing talent.  Aspiring journalists give their material to the site for nothing, and, so the plan goes, gain attention and lustre from being published by the founder of Loaded and former editor of GQ.  The 200 or so contributors only receive […]

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  • Happy is the content farm hand

    Happy is the content farm hand

    This interview with US writer Will Stape, on the BBC College of Journalism site, suggests that that the pay-per-click writing lifestyle has much going for it.  The only proviso is that you don’t mind covering the laund-o-mat and Star Trek beats.  And living in New Jersey.

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