So Google has been down on these kinds of site for a long time, not just through Panda etc., but way before that, because they tend to basically produce a lot of thin/unoriginal content if done unimaginatively. But they get mentioned occasionally by IMers, and I know there are marketers running these kinds of sites for various purposes (not just for traffic, as part of private networks, for example). It's pretty low-quality stuff really, only... there are still gazillions of pages like this ranking last time I looked (just now), e.g. city/map/weather sites, and it's a volume game - sure there is not much traffic looking for the weather in some obscure village in Uganda, but in aggregate you should be pulling in a ton of traffic. So has anyone got any tips on running these/ranking with them? In case you don't know the type of thing I mean, here is an example - you can download a free list of all the cities of the world from here: http://www.maxmind.com/en/worldcities and import into SQL and create a site with a page for each city, with maps and other info mashed in from other sources. Another example: download the FreeDB CD database, hook it up with Amazon links, pull in Youtube videos etc. etc. It used to be that you could get a good flow of traffic to these kinds of site purely through the volume game and ultra-long-tail keywords (weather in Uganda village etc.). Problem these days is if Google hates on your site, then you ain't getting a sniff even of the long-tail traffic, you'll get zero traffic, even though Google will index all your 10 million pages. But someone is ranking for these, so come on, give us some tips Is it just about raising the authority of the site as a whole? Is it about "thicker" content, well-mashed content (not that most of the ranking sites have any of that)? Also, most of these sites are monetised with Adsense, and I am not sure if such thin sites are really approved of by the Adsense people, so how does that work?!