Since our conception back in 2007 as a social bookmarking site exclusive to Web2.0 properties such as Squidoo there have been many, many changes. Probably the biggest change when it comes to Squidoo is the tighter enforcement of original content standards for their site. Their Originality Pact states that they will actively “help remove low-quality, [...]
Lately I’ve notice a huge influx of titles that contain the words top 10 and best. While there may be a few best or top 10′s out there the truth is there are just not that many. So with that, I have added both of these terms to the spam filter.
Find a different way to get your point across.
Below is an addendum that I added after my hasty, somewhat short 1 paragraph post:
Now I don’t have anything against a great top 10 list or recommendations from someone on a product or service. I love to see list of peoples 10 best places to stay or their best fishing holes, but seriously, Top 10 Toilets, Sandboxes or Swimming Pools? In my book this type of content is lame and borders on spam.
Product reviews are suppose to be reviews of things you have personally had experience with. Not a throw together list of toilets from Amazon. As for swimming pools. I doubt anyone, beside the owner of a pool company or service, has had experience with 3 or more types of pools personally.
Do yourselves a favor and recommend things you have personally been involved with or have tried out. You’ll actually look like a person that can be trusted. Telling the truth and being real with people is the way to success.
If your submission has either Top 10 or Best of the title or the body of the content it will be flagged for review. If it’s a legit review we’ll send it on through.
Give the world real information, not lists.
EDITED: July, 22, 2011
The filters for best of and top ten has been removed.
Anyone here in or know anyone in the Australian media?
A Facebook friend of mine, a guy named Chris who I went to high school with back in the day, lost his job 3 weeks ago “because of the floods”.
He worked at a Zoo. I’m not going to say which zoo.
He went to Centrelink (Social Security) that day and now, 3 weeks later, is finally approved for payment.
But when he’s supposed to get paid he is informed that he isn’t eligible for a payment this fortnight because of the amount that his partner earns. “So how do i live?” he asks.
To get back on his feet and a change of career (I can’t imagine there being many other zoos within commuting distance from here he lives) he has signed up for a course today.
A 5 week course, Certificate II in retail.
He is told he can get petrol vouchers to get to the course and was asked “how much do you get from Centrelink?”
He told them that they couldn’t pay him anything this fortnight to which he was told “sorry we can’t help you then either”.
So spare a thought for those who slip through the cracks. Who may not have lost their lives or their homes but their livelihood. And who can’t get a fair go.
If anyone can help with regard to the media giving this guy a voice, then contact me via my Facebook profile.
Together we can make a difference in one persons life.