Google's Content Farm Tweak Killing Off Cheap Writing Jobs

We've already seen Google's "Panda" tweaks to its search algorithms to de-emphasise low-quality generic articles from "content farms" having a significant impact on search results. Unsurprisingly, that has also resulted in a massive drop in low-paying freelance writing jobs designed to populate those sites.

In its quarterly Fast 50 ranking of the most active work categories, freelance job exchange Freelancer.com noted a major decline in the availability of content writing jobs. Here's how Freelancer.com summarised that trend in its press release:

Article Submission jobs are down 29% (shedding 2011 jobs), Copywriting is down 19% (shedding 1300 jobs) and Ghostwriting is down by 12% (losing 435 jobs). These numbers are particularity noticeable as writing jobs had been experiencing massive leaps in growth quarter on quarter since the inception of Freelancer.com. This will come as quite a blow to many online writers who will now have to compete in more competitive categories.

I'm no fan of seeing writing opportunities decline, but writing low-value content for peanuts isn't a good way to build a reputation. if you're a freelancer who has experienced the rough end of this shift, we can lend a sympathetic ear in the comments.


Comments

    You sure that the effect is not being compounded by the astounding rise in "Virtual Assistants" at overseas locations to do everything from moderate blogs to create content for a few dollars an hour, way, way cheaper that domestic writers and for low quality work, why not ?

    "we can lend a sympathetic ear in the contents."

    A clever pun? or typo, you decide.

      I'd like to claim it as a clever pun, but I would be lying.

    That all sounds a bit iffy to me; Correlation does not imply causation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster#Pirates_and_global_warming

      Well, can you describe it more meaningfully?

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