A while ago while discussing something about niches sites here at Netbuilders I raised the question of spamming the internet with niche content. This is a question that I have been asking myself for quite a while, and even thought I somehow try to complicate it to sustain my fears it seems that it's a matter of chance and willingness.
When creating niche sites, we usually pay a freelancer to write the articles for us, most of the time he researches the topic in half an hour or so and then writes the article, meaning he is nowhere near an expert in that field meaning we provide spam.
Here is the problem of spamming, if we continue to do this, and more people do this, the internet will soon become a sea of low quality information where niche sites float on top and content possibly written by experts in that field, but isn't SEO'd sinks like a rock.
This is where my concerns arise, not only are we spamming the internet with our niche sites but we may also risk the future of internet business, because for now niche sites are very profitable and convenient and that’s fine to that point. Search engines maybe even like niche sites because they get a lot of profit from them, and everyone is happy, but how long will this state of chaos last?
Sooner or later someone will have to clean up the search engines from all this stuff and then a lot of people whose main income are niche sites will be in a very inconvenient position. So this can be seen as a dilemma between ethics and profit, of course a lot of people will think: "I'm too small to even matter, I can’t make a difference" and that is probably true, but what will happen when someone who has the power to make a difference says: "OK it's enough" and pulls the plug.
For myself its simple, I will create niche sites as long as I can, when its time to call it quits I'll look for a different business venture but that isn't the entire answer, because when someone decides to get rid of niche sites it could end up destroying internet marketing as we know it and that way damaging the whole field of online business.
But the question that comes forth from all of this, and drives me crazy is: How long do we have?