[Market-farming] odd request for the list

Thamnophis thamnophis at gmail.com
Fri Mar 4 23:12:07 EST 2011


These guys are a variation of what is known in the trade as 'google
whores'. They make money by driving traffic to their web site. One of
their tactics is to get people to generate links to their web content,
which is why he requested your input - he was hoping to generate links
to his content, which boosts his content in the search algorithms.

You inadvertently played into his hands by posting a link to his content here.

There are many schemes these days that try to take advantage of google
search algorithms. Almost all are doomed to failure. Google employs
thousand of analysts who try to disassociate the scammers from actual
valuable web content, but there are always the folks who try in vain
to outsmart them.

Since Bing, Yahoo, etc now just ape google's results there is no
better alternative to Google. Its just not perfect.

Boone County, IA

On Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 2:20 PM,  <KAKerby at aol.com> wrote:
> I was recently contacted by someone who had written an article about organic
> farming, and he wanted my "take" on it.  I wasn't sure what to expect, nor
> why he would ask my opinion (or even how he found me).  But I said sure,
> I'll read it. You can read his article here.
> When I did read it, I was rather irritated with the article - its premise,
> its arguments and its conclusion all smacked of a profound lack of
> understanding about organic farming and what the issues are.  I wrote back
> what I thought was a very gentle reply, encouraging this individual to "dig
> a little deeper" if he wanted to write about organic agriculture issues in
> any sort of competent and significant way.  His reply to that was "thanks
> anyway".  It felt like a lost opportunity to educate one more person on the
> issues faced by growers and livestock producers, whether organic or not.  On
> the other hand I wondered if I was making a big deal out of nothing.  He's
> not a policy maker, he's not even in the ag industry.  Just some guy who
> wanted to write about organic farming.  But the whole experience gave me a
> sour "missed opportunities" feeling.
> I guess I'd be curious what y'all think of his article, and if I
> over-reacted.  I'd also be curious if anyone on the list has successfully
> "educated" someone who expressed a general interest in the topic, but came
> into it with what IMHO amounted to a junior high school level of knowledge
> about the subject matter.  I think education is so important if we are to
> protect and promote the work that we do.  I shudder to think this article
> really represents what the public thinks of our efforts (and our
> intelligence).  Or maybe I'm just over-reacting.
> Kathryn Kerby
> frogchorusfarm.com
> Snohomish, WA
> Ruminations - essays on the farming life at frogchorusfarm.com/weblog.html
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