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Matt Cutts

Cutts to the chase with Matt

Since 2009 Matt Cutts – the head of Google’s webspam team – has put out hundreds of videos offering insider tips on search & search engine compliance to webmasters. Below is a listing (from most recent to oldest) of every video he’s ever put out that adds something important to the reservoir of webmaster knowledge – along with key points from each video. This accounts for around 70% of all video he’s ever released. I have intentionally made the key points as brief as possible so as to best isolate the key take away message or emphasis from Matt to the question asked. I’d suggest watching all videos at some point as the nuance of how Matt responds also gives valuable insights into how important or not he feels certain elements are or are not that come up for discussion. The listing below though should be of highly concentrated worth to anyone who wants to learn as much about SEO & SEO best practices in as short an amount of time as possible.

There is some seriously valuable wisdom imparted below:

2014 – 28 videos

2013 – 54 videos

2012 – 29 videos

2011 – 67 videos

2010 – 83 videos

2009 – 64 videos

02-Jun-2014

How can content be ranked if there aren’t many links to it?

With other ranking factors.

28-May-2014

What happens when one page has two links to the same URL?

Same dilution of PageRank as other links.

12-May-2014

What could the webspam team have done better?

Tackled paid links sooner. Not penalised low quality sites enough.

05-May-2014

Will backlinks lose their importance in ranking?

With time, yes.

30-Apr-2014

The importance of content in the body of a page

Pivotal.

28-Apr-2014

How does Google choose titles for search results?

  1. Short. 2. Accurate. 3. Relevant to query.

23-Apr-2014

How can small sites become popular?

Add greater value than competitors.

16-Apr-2014

What are some myths about SEO?

Ads impact rankings.

07-Apr-2014

How does Googlebot handle content loaded via AJAX?

As the page loads.

02-Apr-2014

How does Google separate popularity from authority?

Authoritative sites generally have more PageRank.

31-Mar-2014

How does Google evaluate algorithmic changes?

Search Quality Raters.

26-Mar-2014

How can I tell Google that multiple domains are related?

Hreflang

24-Mar-2014

How can I tell if my site is affected by a particular algorithm?

Webmaster Tools.

19-Mar-2014

Can I place multiple breadcrumbs on a page?

Yes, but Google will only pick up the first.

17-Mar-2014

What should sites do with pages for products that are no longer available?

404 the page.

12-Mar-2014

Is there a way to tell Google about a mobile version of a page?

Use responsive site or rel=alternate if you have a mobile site.

10-Mar-2014

Can sites do well without using spammy techniques?

Yes.

05-Mar-2014

How does Google use Percolator, Dremel and Pregel?

Percolator = Incremental indexing. Dremel = MySQL for massive databases. Pregel = Graph problems.

03-Mar-2014

What is the criteria for a “paid link”?

Deceptive or manipulative that is traded.

26-Feb-2014

Should I focus on clarity or jargon when writing content?

Clarity.

25-Feb-2014

Does Google use EXIF data from pictures as a ranking factor?

Potentially.

19-Feb-2014

Is there a version of Google that excludes backlinks as a ranking factor?

Internally yes, externally no.

10-Feb-2014

Should I correct the grammar of comments on my blog?

No

29-Jan-2014

Should I build links using article directories?

No

27-Jan-2014

How can an older site maintain its ranking over time?

Stay up-to-date.

22-Jan-2014

Are pages from social media sites ranked differently?

No.

15-Jan-2014

Are results in different positions ranked by different algorithms?

No.

08-Jan-2014

How should I address a small duplicate content issue?

“Rel=canonical” tag

18-Dec-2013

Should I use a separate IP address for each country-specific site?

Ideally, but different TLD’s are also a top indicator.

10-Dec-2013

What should I be aware of if I’m considering guest blogging?

Always write unique content & don’t blog only one one website/blog over & over again.

09-Dec-2013

How can a site recover from a period of spamming links?

Depends how serious violation was..

04-Dec-2013

Is it a good to mix small bit of content from other sites?

No.

25-Nov-2013

How many links on a page should we have? Is there a limit?

No limit.

20-Nov-2013

Can I use the disavow tool even without a manual action on my site?

Yes.

18-Nov-2013

Is it necessary for every page to have a meta description?

No – Make them unique and focus on your important pages.

06-Nov-2013

Is there an SEO disadvantage to using responsive design instead of mobile URLs?

No.

04-Nov-2013

Should I add schema.org markup to videos even if they’re on YouTube?

Yes.

28-Oct-2013

Does a site rank better if it has a lot of indexed pages?

Not directly.

21-Oct-2013

Is there a difference between the “strong” and “b” tags?

No.

16-Oct-2013

How can I guest blog without it appearing as if I paid for links?

Write naturally.

14-Oct-2013

Should webmasters focus on more than just rankings?

Yes.

09-Oct-2013

Is redirecting users by location spam?

No.

07-Oct-2013

Why isn’t my site’s PageRank changing?

Public Pagerank isn’t updated all that often.

30-Sep-2013

Should I use rel=”nofollow” on internal links to a login page?

Internal links should not use rel=”nofollow”.

25-Sep-2013

Does Googlebot care about valid HTML?

No.

23-Sep-2013

Will having the same ingredients list for a product as another site cause a duplicate content issue?

It can do so add unique content.

16-Sep-2013

Will having a site available on both IPv4 and IPv6 cause duplicate content?

No.

11-Sep-2013

What should a site owner do if they think they might be affected by Panda?

Have high quality content on your website that people will find of value.

09-Sep-2013

Can nofollow links hurt my site’s ranking?

Not really.

04-Sep-2013

Does Google take action on automatically generated pages that provide no added value?

Yes.

21-Aug-2013

Is page speed a more important factor for mobile sites?

No.

12-Aug-2013

Should I add rel=”nofollow” to links that are included with my widget?

Yes.

29-Jul-2013

Should I use ccTLDs for sites not targeted to those countries?

Depends.

How does Google treat hidden content which becomes visible when clicking a button?

If you’re not trying to stuff hidden text in there then don’t worry about it, it’s a normal thing on today’s web

22-Jul-2013

How does required duplicate content (terms and conditions, etc.) affect search?

Google appreciate that sites need to use a certain amount of boiler plate content.

17-Jul-2013

If I have 20 domains, should I link them all together?

No.

10-Jul-2013

If my site goes down for a day, does that affect my rankings?

No.

09-Jul-2013

How has query syntax changed since voice search has become more popular?

More conversational

01-Jul-2013

If I write about another article, where should I link to the original source?

Google prefers a source link to be near the top, but anywhere in the article is ok.

17-Jun-2013

Does using stock photos on your pages have a negative effect on rankings?

Not yet.

15-May-2013

Why does Google show multiple results from the same domain?

If the site has multiple pages that are a really good match for the query.

 

01-May-2013

What’s the latest SEO misconception that you would like to put to rest?

Patents.

25-Apr-2013

Does linking my two sites together violate the quality guidelines?

No.

17-Apr-2013

Should I add an archive of hundreds of thousands of pages all at once or in stages?

Either.

15-Apr-2013

Will multiple internal links with the same anchor text hurt a site’s ranking?

Typically not.

10-Apr-2013

Can I buy a domain that used to have spam on it and still rank?

Problematic.

09-Apr-2013

If my web host has a lot of spammy clients, will that influence my site’s ranking?

No.

03-Apr-2013

How can a legitimate business compete online?

Focus your content and improve your site

02-Apr-2013

If a site linking to mine gets caught selling links, what happens to my site?

Link null & void.

27-Mar-2013

Where do you see Google Search 10 years from now?

Non invasive.

26-Mar-2013

Should I disallow crawling of all of my site’s JavaScript files?

No.

20-Mar-2013

Does Google still need text to understand my site?

Yes.

19-Mar-2013

What does Google think of single-page websites?

Usually fine.

19-Mar-2013

Will Google suspect that useful links on our site are paid?

No.

06-Mar-2013

Should I use pushState to update my URLs instead of HashBang to manage Ajax navigation?

Yes.

05-Mar-2013

Is WordPress Good for SEO?

Yes.

04-Mar-2013

Does Google use a set standard for manually removing webspam?

Yes.

27-Feb-2013

If I use a ccTLD, can I indicate my geographic location is not in that country?

No.

26-Feb-2013

Should I use the “autocompletetype” attribute on my web forms?

Yes.

25-Feb-2013

What percentage of PageRank is lost through a 301 redirect?

None.

19-Feb-2013

Does Google take action on sites that do keyword stuffing with phone numbers?

Yes.

13-Feb-2013

How many types of message does the webspam team send to Webmaster Tools?

10.

04-Feb-2013

Do you have any specific tips for news sites?

Single URL.

18-Dec-2012

Can You Offer Negative SEO Advice?

Use Disavow tool.

27-Nov-2012

Why do paid links violate Google’s guidelines but ads don’t?

Pass PageRank.

26-Nov-2012

Why might Googlebot get errors when trying to access my robots.txt file?

Maybe you’re cloaking. Use Fetch as Googlebot in Webmaster Tools to confirm

20-Nov-2012

Do you think that “Search Engine Optimization” should be renamed?

Yes (Search Experience Optimisation)

19-Nov-2012

How long does a reconsideration request take to process?

14 days

12-Nov-2012

Does Google take action on spammy guest blogging activities?

Yes

06-Nov-2012

When would Google show multiple results from the same site?

Brand searches.

05-Nov-2012

Can I fetch an https URL as Googlebot in Webmaster Tools?

Yes.

30-Oct-2012

Do human “quality raters” influence which sites are impacted by Panda?

Indirectly.

29-Oct-2012

Do AdWords customers get special treatment in organic search results?

No.

24-Oct-2012

Are reconsideration requests read by people?

Yes.

12-Oct-2012

How can I make the pages on my site unique?

If you can’t add value, don’t add pages

10-Oct-2012

Does the use of schema.org markup create a ranking benefit?

Potentially.

18-Aug-2012

Will my site’s ranking be hurt if I use HTTPS instead of HTTP?

No.

29-May-2012

Is there any point having a press release section that copies content?

No.

21-May-2012

What happens if I link to a good page that later becomes a low quality one?

OK if limited.

16-May-2012

If I report the same news story as someone else, is that duplicate content?

Make sure you write the article yourself so it’s not the exact same article as others. Do another angle

07-May-2012

How does Google view font replacement?

Use webfonts.

02-May-2012

Is posting blog updates to Twitter considered a doorway?

No.

23-Apr-2012

How does Google search work?

Crawl. Sift. Rank.

16-Apr-2012

Does Google take manual action on webspam?

Yes.

11-Apr-2012

Does PageRank flow through image links?

Yes.

03-Apr-2012

How can I send feedback to Google?

Webmaster Forum.

02-Apr-2012

Which ranking signals do SEOs worry about too much?

Keyword density.

27-Mar-2012

Do you recommend using special characters in URLs?

No.

20-Mar-2012

How will Google treat new TLDs?

Immaterial.

19-Mar-2012

How much time should I spend on meta tags, and which ones matter?

Meta description yes. Meta keywords no.

14-Mar-2012

How can I get Googlebot to notice a 301 redirect?

Googlebot finds it itself.

13-Mar-2012

Did the last Google Dance come with update BART or Fritz?

Fritz.

04-Nov-2011

Do URL shorteners pass anchor text?

Yes.

04-Nov-2011

How do we report a problem with our search results listings?

Webmaster Forum.

04-Nov-2011

How is Google Public DNS data used?

It isn’t.

04-Nov-2011

How would a non-optimized site outrank a site which has done SEO?

Content & user experience.

04-Nov-2011

Is there an advantage to using rel=”canonical” over a 301 redirect?

Not really.

04-Nov-2011

Will Google improve its crawling of AJAX?

There is a team working on it. In general Google can handle some AJAX

19-Aug-2011

Can too many redirects from a single URL have a negative effect on crawling?

Under 5 is fine.

19-Aug-2011

How can I identify causes of a PageRank drop?

Variety of causes.

19-Aug-2011

If I buy AdWords, will that cause my algorithmic search rankings to rise?

No.

19-Aug-2011

Should I block Googlebot from crawling a dynamically generated calendar?

Yes.

18-Aug-2011

Do multiple links from one page to another page count?

Depends.

18-Aug-2011

Does / at the end of a domain make a difference?

No.

18-Aug-2011

Does Google treat .co as a generic TLD?

Yes.

18-Aug-2011

How can I be notified when my name is mentioned on the web?

Google Alerts.

18-Aug-2011

Should I make up filename extensions to improve my rankings?

No.

18-Aug-2011

What is the ideal keyword density of a page?

Doesn’t exist.

18-Aug-2011

Why don’t 404 pages disappear immediately from search results?

In case they come back.

17-Aug-2011

Can I geo Target without a .com domain?

There are about 40 domains you could use that aren’t country specific

Geo-Targeting and Local Search

17-Aug-2011

Does spelling and grammar matter?

No.

17-Aug-2011

What do you think about cloaking?

Terrible.

17-Aug-2011

What does Google mean by trust?

Respectability & Quality.

14-Aug-2011

Is Google panda affecting none English speaking countries?

Not yet (has since).

08-Aug-2011

How can I optimize a PDF?

Quality content.

08-Aug-2011

How does Google evaluate Page Speed?

Data from Google Toolbar.

08-Aug-2011

Should I spend time fighting scrapers or improving content?

Content.

08-Aug-2011

What are your thoughts on ranking reports?

Unimportant.

08-Aug-2011

Why aren’t paid directories treated the same as paid links?

They are.

02-Aug-2011

Will I be penalized for hidden content if I have text in a “read more” dropdown?

No.

03-Jul-2011

Do you recommend article marketing as an SEO strategy?

No.

03-Jul-2011

How important is it to have keywords in a domain name?

Unnecessary.

03-Jul-2011

If you were an SEO of a large company, what would you include in your 2011 strategy?

Site speed & social media.

03-Jul-2011

Will Google penalize sites which only link using the nofollow attribute?

No.

25-May-2011

Can switching to HTTPS harm ranking?

Shouldn’t.

25-May-2011

Do robots follow links on a page which uses rel=”canonical” to point to a different page?

Generally.

25-May-2011

How much content should be on a homepage?

Depends.

25-May-2011

Is the same content posted under different TLDs considered spam?

No.

25-May-2011

Should I add nofollow to banner ads?

Yes.

25-May-2011

What is Google Caffeine?

Accelerated indexation.

25-May-2011

What should I do if the “noindex” attribute doesn’t appear to be working?

Report via Webmaster Forum.

25-May-2011

Will changing the code and layout of my pages while moving to new URLs affect their rankings?

Could do.

25-May-2011

Will showing recent posts on my homepage cause a duplicate content issue?

Show excerpt not full version.

08-May-2011

Is SEO spam?

No it helps Google render better results.

05-May-2011

Is serving Googlebot a transcript in place of a video considered to be cloaking?

Yes.

05-May-2011

Why do porn sites have lower PageRank?

Less good links.

22-Apr-2011

How does Google handle pages with content that changes on each page load?

Crawls gets a snapshot.

22-Apr-2011

Is there a way to indicate boilerplate content on a page?

No.

22-Apr-2011

Should internal links use rel=”nofollow”?

No.

19-Apr-2011

Can I tell Google about links to my site?

No.

19-Apr-2011

Can coding errors affect how a page is indexed?

Only if they impeded indexation. Generally no.

19-Apr-2011

Can I flag spammy links to my site that I didn’t create?

No (not when video was published).

08-Apr-2011

How do I change domain?

Gradually.

08-Apr-2011

Is there a limit to how many 301’s I can use?

No but never use 5 on one chain.

16-Mar-2011

When I change domains, how long should I leave the redirects in place?

Couple months.

15-Mar-2011

Does Google recognize the difference between different meanings of a word in a query?

Yes.

15-Mar-2011

Is HTML validation important for ranking?

No.

28-Feb-2011

Is changing the language of page titles based on the user’s IP cloaking?

No.

24-Feb-2011

How does Google treat sites where all external links are no-follow?

Not favorably.

23-Feb-2011

Does Google still recommend 100 links or fewer per page?

No.

15-Feb-2011

When would someone use “noindex, follow” in a robots meta tag?

Sitemaps.

14-Feb-2011

When are penalties lifted?

Upon recrawling.

03-Feb-2011

Can I specify the canonical of all of a product’s review pages as a single URL?

Yes.

14-Jan-2011

Does indexing a mobile website create a duplicate content issues?

No.

14-Jan-2011

How are site: results ranked?

Combination of factors.

14-Jan-2011

Is comma a separator in a title tag?

Yes.

14-Jan-2011

Is Google able to crawl protocols other than http and https?

Yes.

14-Jan-2011

Is the time left before your domain registration expires an SEO factor?

No.

14-Jan-2011

Where is Google heading in the future?

More user focused.

17-Dec-2010

Does Google use data from social networking/media sites in ranking?

Yes.

10-Nov-2010

How long does it take for rich snippets to appear?

30 days (about).

26-Oct-2010

How does Google determine domain age, and is it important for ranking?

Not really.

25-Oct-2010

Can I tell Google not to display the date in my site’s snippets?

No

20-Oct-2010

Why doesn’t the clickthrough data in Webmaster Tools match what I see in Google Analytics?

Different JavaScript reading/not.

19-Oct-2010

How can I explain to clients that rankings can’t be guaranteed?

Google says so. Just build a great site.

08-Oct-2010

Does PageRank take into account cross-browser compatibility?

No.

03-Oct-2010

Should I block duplicate pages using robots.txt?

Not immediately.

02-Oct-2010

Are nofollow links irrelevant?

Only to search engines.

29-Sep-2010

Does Google see automatically generated content as a bad thing?

Can do.

28-Sep-2010

Does the number of subdirectories in a URL affect its ranking?

Not really.

22-Sep-2010

Should I be worried about ad servers affecting my site’s speed and ranking?

Not really.

21-Sep-2010

How precise is the number of results in a site: query?

Rough.

20-Sep-2010

How can a site rank for keywords that aren’t anywhere on its pages?

Anchor text.

13-Sep-2010

Are there any SEO certification programs you are aware of?

No.

08-Sep-2010

Why doesn’t search query data in Webmaster Tools appear to match what I see when searching?

Personalised/Geo-local Search.

03-Sep-2010

Does Google treat “brandname” and “brandname®” differently?

No.

02-Sep-2010

Will changing hosts cause any SEO concerns?

Generally not.

25-Aug-2010

Is it better to have keywords in the URL path or filename?

URL Path.

23-Aug-2010

How are sitelinks prioritized?

Using a formula.

17-Aug-2010

Can a site’s downtime affect its ranking?

Yes.

Website Performance

16-Aug-2010

Can I use robots.txt to optimize Googlebot’s crawl?

No.

03-Aug-2010

Does the PageRank of Twitter profiles matter?

Yes, for profile. No for links.

02-Aug-2010

Can I target a specific Operating System with AdWords?

Unsure.

28-Jul-2010

Will adding my Twitter feed to my website increase my PageRank?

No.

26-Jul-2010

Should I remove widgets that slow page load speed?

If best for user.

21-Jul-2010

Where do you see Google in 5 years?

Champion for users.

20-Jul-2010

How can a photographer’s image-focused site gain PageRank?

With contextual text/data.

14-Jul-2010

Can a purchased domain’s history affect its trust from Google?

Yes.

13-Jul-2010

What is the best way to check your own site for keyword rankings?

Search on Google.

12-Jul-2010

Is PageRank calculated differently for very old domains?

No.

09-Jul-2010

Is it OK to sell links as long as you use the nofollow attribute?

Yes.

07-Jul-2010

How can a website compete using only white hat SEO?

Yes.

30-Jun-2010

Are Google SERPs the same on all browsers?

Generally.

29-Jun-2010

Should I use the nofollow attribute on internal links?

No.

28-Jun-2010

Should I serve Googlebot content-only pages?

No.

22-Jun-2010

How important is the regularity of updates on a blog?

Less important than quality.

15-Jun-2010

What’s your opinion on “addon domains”?

301 to main site.

14-Jun-2010

How much traffic do you think is generated by marketers searching for their own target keywords?

Small amount.

08-Jun-2010

Will we see real-time results for site: queries?

Unsure.

07-Jun-2010

Will using Google Analytics have a negative effect on my ranking?

No.

04-Jun-2010

How does URL structure affect PageRank?

It doesn’t.

02-Jun-2010

What signals are used in ranking other than PageRank?

200.

01-Jun-2010

Is there such a thing as too many links?

No.

30-May-2010

Can you give us an update on rankings for long-tail searches?

There was Algorithm change (Mayday).

30-May-2010

Why doesn’t Webmaster Tools have multiple-country targeting?

To avoid abuse/overuse.

12-May-2010

Is Google Turning Into Microsoft?

No.

11-May-2010

How long does it take for Googlebot to re-crawl a page?

Every few days generally.

10-May-2010

Is it important to offer an HTML site map to users?

Yes.

05-May-2010

Should I be worrying about load times?

Kind of.

04-May-2010

Should I set state-level geographic targeting in Webmaster Tools?

You can’t.

04-May-2010

Do pop-unders impact rankings?

No.

03-May-2010

Is a sale page duplicate content?

Only if more than two.

29-Apr-2010

Can I exclude certain words from Googlebot?

Yes using robots.txt.

29-Apr-2010

How do you see search working in 10 years?

More mobile.

29-Apr-2010

How does a user’s location impact search results?

Refines when possible.

29-Apr-2010

How many algorithm changes were made last year?

About 400.

29-Apr-2010

Should I use meta keywords tags?

No.

29-Apr-2010

What next for semantic search?

Deeper understanding of intent.

10-Apr-2010

Why does Google offer SEO advice?

To improve the Internet.

08-Apr-2010

Can a low quality website affect the ranking of other sites hosted on the same server?

Not really.

03-Apr-2010

What are effective link building techniques?

Controversy, research, ranking lists, tutorials…

02-Apr-2010

Does Google remove the PageRank coming from links on pages that no longer exist?

Yes.

29-Mar-2010

Are there any drawbacks to including a list of ‘related posts’ under a blog post?

No.

25-Mar-2010

Would you accept a job at Bing?

No.

24-Mar-2010

Can I ensure Google always uses my meta description?

No.

23-Mar-2010

How can I get Google to index more of my Sitemap URLs?

You can’t.

17-Mar-2010

Will generic product descriptions reduce the significance of my unique content?

Yes, potentially.

15-Mar-2010

Can we serve Googlebot a different page without ads?

No.

08-Mar-2010

Do tag clouds help or hinder SEO?

Depends.

02-Mar-2010

How many robots does Google use?

Between 25 and 1,000.

Crawling Google Trivia

24-Feb-2010

If I use multiple versions of a phrase, would it be seen as keyword spam?

Not if its natural looking.

23-Feb-2010

How can I add over 1,000,000 URLs to a Sitemap?

Use sitemap index that references many different internal sitemaps.

22-Feb-2010

Can dofollow comments on my blog affect my blog’s rankings?

Yes.

17-Feb-2010

How can a video/image heavy improve its rankings?

Meta data, captioning, and tags.

16-Feb-2010

Is it worth spending time on creating tags and categories?

Not really.

11-Feb-2010

How can I get my business well known online?

Be excellent.

02-Feb-2010

Does Google Analytics data impact rankings?

No.

28-Jan-2010

What’s the best screen resolution to design for?

Over 800×600.

27-Jan-2010

Is the order of links on a page important ranking?

No.

25-Jan-2010

Is cross-linking websites bad?

Depends.

19-Jan-2010

What is the best way to implement breadcrumbs?

Reflect site hierarchy.

02-Jan-2010

Is speed a bigger ranking signal than relevance?

No.

23-Nov-2009

How can I remove old content from Google’s index?

404 or robots.txt.

19-Nov-2009

Can moving my website to “the cloud” harm my rankings?

No.

17-Nov-2009

Why would another page rank above a site’s homepage?

More links.

28-Oct-2009

What to do if I don’t know why I’m penalized?

Reconsideration request.

27-Oct-2009

Should I link to all press mentions of my site?

No.

21-Oct-2009

Does the size of a website affect its authority?

No.

20-Oct-2009

Will Google personalize results based on IP location?

Could do.

14-Oct-2009

How would you run your own online marketing company?

Useful service that is transparent.

13-Oct-2009

Does Google consider the URL of an image?

Yes.

28-Sep-2009

How are duplicate shopping pages with different currencies handled in Google?

Google’s show best version.

23-Sep-2009

Will you provide information about algorithm updates?

We confirm them.

Can you benefit from content scraped from your site?

If they link to it.

21-Sep-2009

Google does not use the keywords meta tag for ranking purposes?

It was abused.

16-Sep-2009

Why doesn’t google.com validate?

Reduces download time.

15-Sep-2009

Should I use pipes or dashes in my titles?

Doesn’t matter.

14-Sep-2009

Will Google notify webmasters of violations of guidelines?

Yes.

11-Sep-2009

How should I link to a site that I have a personal relationship with?

Mention relationship in text around link.

08-Sep-2009

How are spam reports prioritized?

By user impact.

26-Aug-2009

What factors influence video results?

Query & authority/links

20-Aug-2009

Are footer links less important than in body text links?

Yes, less important.

18-Aug-2009

Why are .com sites ranking well in UK SERPs?

Could be best result.

10-Jul-2009

HTML site map or XML Sitemap?

Use both.

10-Jul-2009

Which is better for searching: Google or Twitter?

Google.

08-Jul-2009

Is Google doing away with the meta description?

No.

06-Jul-2009

How do meta geo tags affect search results?

They don’t.

01-Jul-2009

Can a blogroll link affect a blog’s reputation?

Yes.

29-Jun-2009

How can I optimize my site cheaply?

Be creative.

26-Jun-2009

Will I be penalized if my URLs all have the same sitemap priority?

No.

25-Jun-2009

Can the location of my web server affect how I rank on Google?

Yes.

22-Jun-2009

What’s the best way to move to a new CMS?

Gradually.

19-Jun-2009

What’s the best way to check for links to my site?

Webmaster Tools or Yahoo Site Explorer (no longer exists).

15-Jun-2009

Do dates in URLs of pages/posts imply fresh content?

No.

11-Jun-2009

Why do big brands rank so well?

They don’t.

10-Jun-2009

What is Google doing to fight comment spam?

Nofollow attribute.

09-Jun-2009

Does linkbait need to be a black hat technique?

No.

05-Jun-2009

How many pages can Google index from one site?

Unlimited.

04-Jun-2009

Will a “coming soon” or “under construction” page hurt my site?

No.

02-Jun-2009

How can I make sure Google indexes deeper pages?

Link to them from home page.

27-May-2009

How can new pages get indexed quickly?

Get links.

26-May-2009

Can product descriptions be duplicate content?

Yes.

22-May-2009

Why is @ ignored in queries?

To prevent indexing email addresses.

21-May-2009

Can I publish over 100 pages simultaneously?

Sure.

20-May-2009

Will DiggBar lead to duplicate content?

Nope.

11-May-2009

Will I get more traffic if I optimize images?

Yes.

08-May-2009

What determins the PageRank of a Twitter profile?

Links.

05-May-2009

Why aren’t penalized sites told via Webmaster Tools?

They generally are.

01-May-2009

Should I nofollow links to my disclaimer/privacy policy?

Doesn’t matter.

28-Apr-2009

Do site load times affect Google rankings?

No (changed later).

11-Apr-2009

Can you use “nofollow” in JavaScript?

Yes.

08-Mar-2009

Is the order of H-tags important?

Not really.

08-Mar-2009

Will SEO exist in five years?

Yes. (well done!)

06-Mar-2009

Can I disallow crawling of CSS and JavaScript?

You shouldn’t.

06-Mar-2009

Has Google changed the importance it grants social media?

Yes.

06-Mar-2009

How do I optimize an e-commerce site without much content?

Create content.

06-Mar-2009

Are gaps in the HTML source bad?

Doesn’t matter.

06-Mar-2009

Should you take out file extensions from URLs?

Doesn’t matter.

06-Mar-2009

Should I tweak titles and descriptions to improve CTR?

Yes.

06-Mar-2009

Will spelling corrections become more common in search results?

Yes.

06-Mar-2009

What can you do after being hacked?

File reconsideration request.

06-Mar-2009

What’s a good site structure?

Important pages near top/root/home page.

06-Mar-2009

When did Google start shows “Did you mean” in search results?

November 2008.

06-Mar-2009

Content or links?

Both.

05-Mar-2009

Does keyword position in URL impact ranking?

A tiny bit.

05-Mar-2009

Is redirecting a many domains suspicious?

Depends.

05-Mar-2009

More than one H1 on a page: good or bad?

No big deal but try not to.

04-Mar-2009

Does anchor text carry via a 301 redirect?

Generally yes.

04-Mar-2009

Is Google favoring brands in search results?

Not directly.

04-Mar-2009

Should big websites use rel=canonical on all pages?

They can do.

11-Feb-2009

Can a few non-safe words stop my website from ranking in SafeSearch results?

No.

What is Organic Search (SEO)?

Who is Matt Cutts?

Matt Cutts is head of webspam & the public interface between Google & the search engine optimisation community. He first joined Google in 2000 and programmed the initial version of SafeSearch.

Matt holds a PhD in computer graphics from the University of North Carolina. He also holds an MS from the same institution as well as BS degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Kentucky.

Further Useful Information & Resources

Google Webmasters Youtube Channel

Will He Ever Return? Head Of Google’s Web Spam Team Matt Cutts Extends Leave Into 2015

You&A with Matt Cutts at SMX Advanced 2014

Matt Cutts declares the death of guest blogging for SEO

Matt Cutts: The Greenspan of Google

Matt Cutts: Straight from Google – SEO, What You Need to Know

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