Jul 7 2014

Matt Cutts Is Disappearing For A While

Just ahead of the holiday weekend, Google’s head of webspam Matt Cutts announced that he is taking leave from Google through at least October, which means we shouldn’t be hearing from him (at least about Google) for at least three months or so. That’s a pretty significant amount of time when you consider how frequently Google makes announcements and changes things up. Is the SEO industry ready for three Matt Cutts-less months? Cutts explains on his personal blog : I wanted to let folks know that I’m about to take a few months of leave. When I joined Google, my wife and I agreed that I would work for 4-5 years, and then she’d get to see more of me. I talked about this as recently as last month and as early as 2006. And now, almost fifteen years later I’d like to be there for my wife more. I know she’d like me to be around more too, and not just physically present while my mind is still on work. So we’re going to take some time off for a few months. My leave starts next week. Currently I’m scheduled to be gone through October. Thanks to a deep bench of smart engineers and spam fighters, the webspam team is in more-than-capable hands. Seriously, they’re much better at spam fighting than I am, so don’t worry on that score. He says he wont’ be checking his work email at all while he’s on leave, but will have some of his outside email forwarded to “a small set of webspam folks,” noting that they won’t be replying. Cutts is a frequent Twitter user, and didn’t say whether or not he’ll be staying off there, but either way, I wouldn’t expect him to tweet much about search during his leave. If you need to reach Google on a matter that you would have typically tried to go to Matt Cutts about, he suggests webmaster forums, Office Hours Hangouts, the Webmaster Central Twitter account, the Google Webmasters Google+ account, or or trying other Googlers. He did recently pin this tweet from 2010 to the top of his timeline: When you've got 5 minutes to fill, Twitter is a great way to fill 35 minutes. — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) May 11, 2010 So far, he hasn’t stopped tweeting, but his latest – from six hours ago – is just about his leave: I got my inbox down to zero for a shiny moment, then unpinned and closed the tab with work email: http://t.co/o7zBOvskBE — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) July 7, 2014 That would seem to suggest he doesn’t plan to waste much of his time off on Twitter. So what will Matt be doing while he’s gone? Taking a ballroom dance class with his wife, trying a half-Iornman race, and going on a cruise. He says they might also do some additional traveling ahead of their fifteen-year wedding anniversary, and will spend more time with their parents. Long story short, leave Cutts alone. He’s busy. Image via YouTube

Apr 2 2014

Google Has Reputable Sites Afraid To Link Naturally

And the freaking out continues…. As mentioned in a previous post , Google has reignited the link removal hysteria by going after guest blog posts. People who have written guests posts on other sites over the years are now rushing to have their links removed just in case Google doesn’t like them, and decides to penalize their sites. Who can blame them when Google is in fact penalizing sites for guest posts? This may have been a perfectly acceptable practice for years on the Internet, but Google has now decided that it doesn’t like it much, and is making people pay. Of course the message has been that guest blogging for SEO is bad, but high quality guest posts for editorial purposes are just fine. The problem is you’re leaving it up to Google’s judgment, and that might not be the same as yours. Because of this, people are also wondering if they need to put nofollows on all guest blog links. The thing about this is that some might argue that high quality guest posts should be counted as a signal of quality in a person’s favor, and by extension in their site’s favor through a link. That can provide encouragement for some to write these posts. But Google is probably looking at that as a “link scheme,” even if it seems perfectly legit to everybody else. Econsultancy, a respected digital marketing and ecommerce resource site, announced (via Search Engine Roundtable ) that it is “taking a safety first apporach. That means adding nofollow links in the bios of guest bloggers”. They proceed to list a bunch of “facts” about their editorial process. Essentially, it all boils down to this: They only accept high quality posts, and have strict guidelines. They do everything the way it’s supposed to be done, and assume editorial control over it all – even the signatures. But they do allow links in the signatures, and for that reason, they’re afraid that Google might find some reason to penalize them. Econsultancy’s Chris Lake writes, “Google is worried about links in signatures. I guess that can be gamed, on less scrupulous blogs. It’s just that our editorial bar is very high, and all outbound links have to be there on merit, and justified. From a user experience perspective, links in signatures are entirely justifiable. I frequently check out writers in more detail, and wind up following people on the various social networks. But should these links pass on any linkjuice? It seems not, if you want to play it safe (and we do).” From a user experience perspective. User experience. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, it’s Google from the past decade saying over and over again that they want to give people what’s best for users. It SEEMS that these links shouldn’t pass on any linkjuice, he says. It seems so because of Google’s recent crackdown, but I ask again, why not? If the content is legit, and editorially controlled, why not? Why shouldn’t somebody get credit towards their authority on a topic (something Google is particularly interested in nowadays ) if their work was editorially selected to appear on a respected site like Econsultancy? Lake asks, “Can’t Google discount these links at an algorithmic level?” He’s talking about author bio links, but on a broader level, many have been asking a similar question for years: instead of penalizing sites, why doesn’t Google just not count the bad links? “I’d like to think that if Google’s webspam team was to look at Econsultancy’s content, our guest bloggers, and the way we standardise the signatures, that we’d have no problem. But I can’t bank on that,” Lake writes. Yep, this is what it has come to. Reputable sites with high standards for content have to fear Google because of some change they decided to make. Will it ever end? Image via Econsultancy

Feb 27 2010

Is Their Any Legitimate Work At Home Jobs On The Internet?

I would like to be able to work at home to be with my children. I live in a very rural area and the cost of gas compared to local wages is not worth the trip into town.

Feb 26 2010

Does Anyone Know Any Work At Home Jobs That Are Real?

I’d love to work at home but there are alot of scams out there or you have to pay like $29.95 or so.

Feb 23 2010

Does Anyone Know Of Good Customer Service Rep Jobs, Or Work At Home Jobs?

I am looking for quality customer service or any work-at-home jobs. I do not want to pay to get the information. Why should you pay for a job? I do not want any gimmicks or frauds. I know I am asking a lot. Yet, there must be good companies looking for employees to do customer […]

Feb 23 2010

Is There Such A Thing As Data Entry Work At Home,, Without Paying For It?

I’m trying to find some data entry work to do at home, on the side. I work for a professional office but nothing to bring home. I have heard of companies years ago that would send you work, or you pick it up, and do the input for them in the evening, UPS the work […]

Feb 20 2010

I’m Good At Typing And Wondering How Can I Find A Legal And Legit Work At Home Business?

I know there are alot of work at home business that are fraud. I was wondering if anyone out there is doing an at home business doing typing that really works. I’m looking to make some money while I’m home and my son is at school.. I would greatly appreciate any advice or ideas.

Feb 19 2010

How Does Web Traffic And Advertising Work, And Does It Work Well?

How does web advertising work. I seen one ad where you go to the site, and someone wrote short stories and was charging 1.00 for each to read online, and another answers site where you ask a question and say how much you will pay for the answer. I wonder if it works and if […]

Feb 19 2010

How To Data Entry Work At Home?

Can you tell me a legit data entry work at home? How to do it at home?

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Feb 16 2010

Does Anyone Know Of A Legitimate Work At Home Job?

Hi. I am currently looking for a work at home job. I am a mother of two children under four and I really don’t want to leave them all day in a daycare and thought this would be a great opportunity while they are napping and after bed (8pm). If anyone knows of (or works […]