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8 Google Knol Provides New Content Platform

Google announced an new Wikipedialike content site called Google Knol some months ago. However, the site opened to the public with a simple announcement on the official Google Blog this week.

On the surface this looks like a place to go and build pages, or knols as Google calls them, on specific topics of expertise and could eventually be a very hot place to demonstrate your expertise in your chosen area.

The most significant difference from Wikipedia is that the pages are written by named and verified authors. From an author standpoint then there is probably more to gain from a trust and brand standpoint. Each submitting author must have a Google account and then have their name verified by either phone or with a credit card.

Another twist is that while pages can be edited by the community, the original author of the page or knol gets to moderate the changes.

While anyone can submit a knol on any topic this might be a good time to go in and grab some content topic real estate before the real land rush begins.

The obvious question on my mind and I suspect a few others is this. Will this content receive special treatment come search time on Google? Wikipedia content currently enjoys great placement in the Google index, is that about to change?

Here a sample knol I’ve called the Definition of Marketing

5 Will Search Wikia capture the imagination?

Search WikiaThere’s a new search engine making the rounds this week called Search Wikia, big deal, right?

Well, maybe. See, this search engine has two pretty interesting things going for it
1) It’s being built by Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia and
2) It’s billed as a freely licensed (open source) search engine

Both of these add up to mean that there will be a big splash, big following immediately – at least for curiosity sake – and the results will be built, added to, improved and monitored by the community, much like Wikipedia. It’s really still a mystery whether this will produce a better search experience (they even admit the results are poor at the moment), but I think this one is worth watching and jumping into a little early.

At the very least go in there an build a keyword rich profile, just remember don’t spam this community, it’s not nice and they are vigilant.