We know all about working for content farm Demand Media. But let's look at it from an investor and IPO perspective! "Google and Demand are in a co-dependent relationship and who better to be co-dependent with than Google, the company that controls the search experience of most Internet users. The negative spin is that Demand is still a very small piece of Google’s revenue (less than 1 percent of Google’s Q3 revenue was generated on Demand pages) and that the nature of Demand’s content threatens the quality of the user experience on Google…. Demand highlights a fundamental weakness of algorithmic search: the ability to 'trick' the search [...]
Remember that “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy and Ethel take jobs in the chocolate factory and the conveyor belt starts pumping out candy faster than they can pack it in the wrappers so they start stuffing their faces and cleavage with the excess, cowering from the intimidating factory matron? That’s kind of what it’s like to work for Demand Media, as I found out during a brief, ill-fated stint as a freelance copy editor at the 17th largest web property in the U.S. this summer.