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Google Experimenting with User Generated Content
Written by Mergen   
Friday, 19 March 2010 10:23

This morning, we received an email from Google.  It stated that Google would like to offer a direct link to our blog post from a Google Help page as part of Google's user generated content experiment.

Hi there:

My name is (removed for publishing purposes) and I’m reaching out from Google, Inc.  I noticed your previous blog post (
http://webguru-co.com/blog/51-set-up-google-adwords-my-client-center-mcc) and based on the helpful content and high quality, I am planning to include a link directly to http://adwords.google.com/support/aw/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=22064 in the AdWords Help Center.

This is part of a user generated content experiment—we love helpful, user-generated content here at Google—and the plan is to offer a direct link to a handful of useful content articles, including your your article, for a few weeks in our Help Centers.  You may see an increase in traffic, though it is difficult for me to predict how much of an increase.

At the end of the experiment, I would appreciate your feedback via a survey.  I’m interested in how much your traffic increased as well as your thoughts on the experiment as a content author.  Pending the results, this practice may continue as a regular part of our Help Centers.

Let me know what you think,

NOTE: This article was prepared on March 19, 2010, but not published until April 13, 2010.  As of today, we have not been notified by Google of posting of our article.  Our article also does not show anywhere on the Google Help pages, as far as I can see.

 

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