What are Thin Content Sites?

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Hi,

I tried to search here in WF with the phrase "Thin Content" but the couple of threads that came up was not of any use, at least when it comes to serving to my purpose.

Coming straight to the point, I'll like to know about Thin Content sites as mentioned by Google Adsense in their terms.

Now, my question is: What is a thin content site or when a site is called having thin content?

I can easily select a micro niche and write 5 articles on the same and then create a blog on it. The blog/site will have around 10 pages (Taking 5 article posts and other regular ones such as contact us, about us, privacy policy, site map etc). Will this site (With only 10 pages) be considered a thin content website by Google and will it be affected?

I saw that a lot of websites with probably a single or a couple of articles are doing fine even after the Google Panda Update. Obviously, they have quality and useful content. So, a bit confused whether its quantity or quality, particularly for niche or micro niches?

Looking forward to some great replies.

Thanks to all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Crawley
    I could be wrong but I think the reference is to Thin Affiliate Sites like that of product reviews site that are bogus. I call them bogus because the owner of the site usually has never owned or have been given access to the product in order to provide an honest review. As you mentioned there are a lot small websites that rank very well so I believe it's more about the quality than the quantity. I for one am glad for the google changes.
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    • Profile picture of the author bumba1988
      Originally Posted by CrawleyBug View Post

      I could be wrong but I think the reference is to Thin Affiliate Sites like that of product reviews site that are bogus. I call them bogus because the owner of the site usually has never owned or have been given access to the product in order to provide an honest review. As you mentioned there are a lot small websites that rank very well so I believe it's more about the quality than the quantity. I for one am glad for the google changes.
      Hi CrawleyBug,

      First of all, thanks for your response. I also believe in quality always rather than quantity. Do what you do best, success will follow.

      I guess you are talking about the websites where they try to sell the product by putting images, link all over the page and put very little amount of information.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Vraibel
    I think by thin content they're mostly referring to squeeze page type sites where there is no content but only an option to opt in with their email address. I could be wrong.
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    • Profile picture of the author wanzulfikri
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      • Profile picture of the author Kauzmo
        Thin Content is just that, a site with little USEFUL or RELEVANT content.

        When it comes to website content there are a few things that Google considers:

        • Relevant to the search term (keyword)
        • Easy to read
        • Useful to the visitor
        Of course there is a bit more to it but you should get the idea. You have bumped into 1000's of these sites on your internet travels. Remember those sites that ranked high in search but didn't help you at all?
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