Clearly in response to the Google algorithm change, Mark at The Keyword Academy has provided, in a round about way, his opinion on the topic. Suddenly he has developed a conscience about the absolute CRAPPOLA that he has been submitting to his own backlinking network called PostRunner. 6 months ago, Mark along with other self-proclaimed heavy hitters over there were all saying that quality does not matter. The big question Mark kept asking was ‘what is the definition of quality.’
“This is why we’re having a hard time getting anywhere with the discussion guys. We can’t seem to stop saying “Good stuff is good when it isn’t bad. And if stuff is bad, we need to step up and make it good by really working hard to ensure it’s not bad.” Zero sarcasm. There is no definition of “quality.” That is the circular nature of this discussion.” See Here for original post.
Well, it is interesting to see how quickly a little Google algo blip can change ones opinion. All of a sudden he is able to recognize crap, even if it is just his own crap. I pulled my sites out of PR at least 6 months ago because there was no way I could continue to receive and post the junk I was getting. I have no interest in paying for what is essentially an article directory for backlinks. I will buy into a system like that (such as BMR), but I have NO interest in owning a system like that. Further, because so few people at TKA had any inclination that maintaining some standard of quality in the system would be good for the longevity of the system, I felt like I was herding cats uphill. This quote from Lisa (the forum moderator among other things) shows what I mean. In a discussion about quality in the Postrunner system she said,
“It’s ALWAYS going to be one mans trash is another mans treasure. Always. No amount of TKA Threads are going to change that. different strokes for different folks. Not sure how many cliches i can throw out here, but it’s the truth.” Original Here.
Back then I argued quite passionately on the TKA forums that, while I might not be able to define ‘quality’, I did really know CRAP when I saw it … and I was seeing way too much of it. It is also sooo humorous to see RJ (breakaway) and his pack of trolls all of a sudden not making fun of people who have been begging for quality to be maintained in the Postrunner system. His little troll party pretty much drove Edward (and several other members) out of town for his rants about how Postrunner was going to the dogs with all the CRAP articles.
The tide turns … it goes out, it comes in. Hopefully this change in tides brings some lasting changes to the Postrunner system and provides some quality sites to use rather than the junk that it is currently full of.
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