For years I didn’t care about the content I was putting out on the web but that has changed. In the wild wild west days of the internet it wasn’t uncommon to use some plr articles and spin them or worse (borrow) content off a website that you thought would be quality and rank well. My theory on that stuff changed many years ago as a quick fix really didn’t rank anyway and was really worthless in the long run.
What really got me thinking about content was an episode that happened a few weeks ago that changed the quality of the content that I place online. We were in the emergency room after Debbie complained about having chest pains. Debbie’s bed was placed very close to the nurses/doctors station and being the curious guy I am I was paying attention to them the whole time. Making sure Debbie was getting proper attention was the main thing but I couldn’t help but watch the doctors and how they interacted with everyone.
After we were there for two hours they had a shift change and we got new doctors and nurses. In a way this was a good thing as the new doctor was much more hands on and seemed to have a better knowledge about Debbie’s health. We were in the emergency room for about 4 hours when I told the doctor that Debbie had not eaten in a while and he pointed to the food cart and told me to take something for her. The choices were slim and all that they had was macaroni and cheese and a high fructose punch drink. Not exactly the breakfast of champions for anyone, especially people in the CHEST Pain area of the emergency room. Why this stuff is even in a hospital in the first place is beyond me. That’s a post for another day though.
As we were there waiting for test results I was listening to the doctor and the nurse talking. The doctor was on his computer and reading a website. I didn’t think much of it until the nurse asked him if he was going for a refresher and when she said that I turned and glanced at his computer screen. It looked like he was on a medical site and he told her he took his refresher a few months back but he was just reading up on some stuff. I looked at the site a little closer and determined it was an affiliate site, it had the default thesis wordpress theme so it was pretty easy to spot. It really got me thinking and at the time I was also a little pissed off. Here is the doctor that is treating Debbie and he is getting his advice from a website that probably isn’t really accountable as a medical authority.
It wasn’t until a few days later that I really thought about the content on the internet and who is really reading it. Most of the time you don’t really think about who is reading your content. It could be a doctor, it could be a mechanic, it could be someone that is using your info as if it was the Bible.
I keep thinking that if Debbie had been diagnosed wrong my lawyers would be confiscating the doctors computer to find out what website he was reading and then going after the owners of the website. Sounds harsh but its the way I would probably go about things. What are your thoughts?