Well Internet Marketers, gone are the days that Google will allow you to be "used" and or "abused" as some see it, by what they call "content farms". It USED TO BE authority sites like ezinearticles, and eHow, about.com, hubpages and squidoo had the advantage... but now Google is calling these sites "content farms" and are ranking them lower. See these would be authority sites used you to get your original content and then diluted it with ads all around it. Making them the big winner and you a "side story". Well now you can get your own love direct from Google. If you are putting out viable content on your own Blog, that will be the order of the day to get top rankings. Of course you still need some backlinks to make it hit top page ranks and stay, but now at least you don't have to sell your "soul" to someone else to get some love for your own creativity. Here's info from Google's blog: "Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them. But in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking??”a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries??”and we wanted to let people know what's going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites??”sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites??”sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on." http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/finding-more-high-quality-sites-in.html So, if you are wonder why your articles, hubpages, squidoo lens etc, along with any respective traffic, have all of a sudden found themselves way down in the page ranks, and way beyond first page of a Google search for your keyword(s) the past few days that's why. However, I saw my blog pages move up in rank, so if you are not Blogging, you might want to get too it because Article Marketing via article directories, and squidoo and hubpagng, etc. for SEO #1 Google ranks appears dead. Original Content on your blogs, and forums is where you will find the new SEO love that Google wants to give out. All the best in your home business success pursuits.