Google has always had Beta projects and this week, Google opened another one to the public.
Known as knol – which they say stands for ‘a unit of knowledge’ – a neat concept. Superficially, knol would look much like a squidoo lens or a hub page. Google’s blog states ‘A knol on a particular topic is meant to be the first thing someone who searches for this topic for the first time will want to read’ – which sounds ominously like a knol ought to be at the top of the organic SERPs.
They go on to say that knols can contain ads from which the author will receive a substantial share! They won’t be moderated, only ranked so there is no censoring and marketers will flock to get their affiliate links in this new format.
It certainly seems like it would be worth trying to get in early and write some definitive knols about your pet subjects.
Perhaps this is why squidoo lens fell from favour!
Here is an example knol from the big G – they have a more serious and business-like feel to them than lenses.
While there will no doubt be plenty of rubbish appearing, community tools like ranking will help to make sure the genuinely good ones get to the top.
So go forth and nab your knols.
You can find the service at http://knol.google.com