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That is the longest assassination piece I've ever seen. The gist of it is probably true -- that the Ladders copies postings from other sites and does not verify whether all its jobs pay >$100K, despite advertising to the contrary. But that whole point could've been made, verbosely, in two paragraphs. This post is literally 8,000 words.



Agreed. Once it started getting redundant, I glanced over and realized my scroll bar handle was quite small and still at the top...

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I've still got my fingers crossed that one of this summer's YC startups is a tl;dr generator:)

I do see the irony in mentioning that on a post I submitted, but it could use the love of an editor.

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If you turn it on in the OS X services preferences you can do Safari-->Services-->Summary

Here's what I got:

This seems to be the heart of TheLadders’ method of doing business: TheLadders itself is the source of inappropriate job applicants that waste a company’s time and money. Without consent of the employer, TheLadders takes its job descriptions, tags them with inaccurate salary ranges, and induces its subscribers to apply for those jobs.

Not bad.

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That's pretty good.

... I think I'll start running it on my email drafts before sending them out.

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You could validate the idea first by copying posts into word and using the "AutoSummary" feature and then pasting back the result.

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I have the impression that the author got somewhat frustrated by the lack of impact his previous ten-or-so pieces made. So he's now trying long-form.

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Does stuffing so much content in there give it any additional SEO value? I'm not well versed in SEO, but that's about the only thing I could think of.

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Not really, but people like to think it does. Also the Panda update led many to believe they need a 2000 word article minimum. Which is just plain wrong.

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What is Panda update?

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The recent update that Google made to their ranking policy that was supposed to dis-incentivize link farms, auto-generated and content-free sites and search engine spammers.

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You know, they copy job listings from other places. And they don't ask for permission!

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