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Newly Minted TechStar Contently Raises $335 K. From Founder Collective

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It’s not a million dollar round on the first day of class, but Contently.com, which just joined the second class of TechStars NY, has raised a $335,000 debt round from Founder Collective.

The start-up has positioned itself as the anti-content farm, helping freelance journalists to manage their careers and big brands to produce editorial content that stands out, all while avoiding the SEO optimized schlock pumped out by Demand Media and others.

Speaking from personal experience, there isn’t much money in making freelance journalists your clients. But connecting professional writers with big brands looking for some high class advertorial could be a strong play. A corporation can afford to pay premium freelance rates, since they are chasing pageviews and online engagement, not a return on their dollars via advertising. Read More

Content Farming

The Dance Continues Between Google and Demand Media

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Matt Cutts, the man in charge of Google’s anti-webspam efforts, made waves when he publicly announced that the search giant would be tweaking its¬†algorithm¬†to try and reduce the number of high ranking results coming from “content farms”. The news was especially dramtic because it broke just as Demand Media finally made good on its billion Read More