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Google algorithm update to filter out low-quality content

The Farmer update will incorporate user feedback to help weed out low-quality content in search, the web giant has said
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Written by Larry Dignan, Contributing Editor on

Google said on Monday that it has launched its so-called Farmer update, a new algorithm designed to weed out low-quality content.

With the international rollout, website owners will have a better idea of what Google's algorithm update really means for them.

Google said in a blog post that it has also incorporated user feedback.

"Today we've rolled out this improvement globally to all English-language Google users, and we've also incorporated new user feedback signals to help people find better search results. In some high-confidence situations, we are beginning to incorporate data about the sites that users block into our algorithms. In addition, this change also goes deeper into the 'long tail' of low-quality websites to return higher-quality results where the algorithm might not have been able to make an assessment before," the company said.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Google Farmer update goes international on ZDNet.com.


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