Jun 03 2013

Top Questions For Matt Cutts (Poll)

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

 

I put together a list of questions for Matt Cutts matt-cuttsthat he hasn’t answered before and have YOU vote on the ones worth submitting to him for a video response. Take the poll…

What Questions Do You Want Matt Cutts To Answer?

  • If you could talk more into what goes into determining which sites are being awarded with authority boosts within their industry/niche? (50%, 59 Votes)
  • Is Google putting more trust in content based on Google Authorship? (45%, 53 Votes)
  • It's rare to see a piece of content 6 or more years old rank high. What factors make for "outdated" content that gets devalued? The market? Link drop-out? (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Does advertising with Google affect the website's organic search rankings? (4%, 5 Votes)
  • I've done a google disavow to remove bad links a previous SEO did. How do I know if Google Actually processed it, and if I submitted it the right way? (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Has Google made a determination as to what percentage of links are really spam and why do sites get punished for inbound links that they didn't ask for? (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Why does Google have a problem with SEO tools displaying scraped ranking data when that's essentially what Google does with the entire web? (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Keyword stuffing of any kind is not going to improve the ranking of a site in Google, but is it true that less is more? (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Does it help to be naïve about SEO today? If so, is it possible for a site that is “over optimized” to regain its innocence? (3%, 4 Votes)
  • It’s clear that some links are unnatural and others are natural, but of those that are natural, which ones should I use the Disavow Tool for and which ones should I leave alone? (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Why, even after Penguin 2.0, are there still so many top 3 rankings for websites with obviously spammy link profiles? (3%, 3 Votes)
  • For money keywords (lots of Adwords ads), what percentage of top 10 organic search results are business sites vs. info sites? Big business vs. small business? (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Why does it take Googlebot so long to find 301 redirects to a new domain from an old one? (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Does Google distinguish between legit editorial (stories written by journalists) and syndicated content, devaluing the link(s) from syndicated content? (2%, 2 Votes)
  • When should I disavow an entire domain that links to my site, rather than a few links from that domain? (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 119

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Thanks to those who contributed their questions…

Why does Google have a problem with SEO tools displaying scraped ranking data when that’s essentially what Google does with the entire web?
Ben Cook
Direct Match Media
http://directmatchmedia.com

Many major media properties including Reuters and the Wall Street Journal publish news releases with backlinks to the company that distributed the news release. Does Google distinguish between legit editorial (stories written by journalists) and syndicated content, devaluing the link(s) from syndicated content.

Lou Hoffman
The Hoffman Agency
http://www.hoffman.com

Does Google not see that most links are spam? I have always been told to
write for the readers and nothing else, but the emphasis on links makes
people seek out what are really un-natural mentions of their website. Has
Google made a determination as to what percentage of links are really spam
and why do sites get punished for inbound links that they didn’t ask for?

Michael Helfand
www.findgreatlawyers.com

Why, even after Penguin 2.0, are there still so many top 3 rankings for
websites with obviously spammy link profiles?

Robert Hoddenbagh
mesasix.com

Are big businesses getting an unfair advantage with the authority boost that
Google is adding to its algorithm? If you could talk more into what goes
into determining which sites are being awarded with authority boosts within
their industry/niche?

Matt Zajechowski
http://www.digitalthirdcoast.net/

I’ve done a google disavow to remove bad links a previous SEO did. How do I
know if Google Actually processed it, and if I submitted it the right way?

Liran Hirschkorn
http://www.chooseterm.com

I have a very prominent brand that could not rank for our own name for
around 2 months once our website went live. We weren’t on the first 50
pages if you did an ‘exact match’ search on Google!

What info can you give us on Google’s sandbox? I know from experience it
exists, and damn it really hurts. It mustbe even worse for small
business owners without a large brand like ours.

Allen

When’s the next EMD update or refresh? We had several brand new sites hit by this that have now built up authority and followers but still haven’t returned.
Thanks.
Adam
http://www.searchable.co.uk

What are the advantages to search engine optimization and what is the best way to go about optimizing your website?
Nihar Suthar
www.hypeupyourday.com

Is Google putting more trust in content based on Google Authorship? If
so how does Google feel about professional writers who write content for
companies in various industries, but who are not experts in those fields,
despite writing well-researched and highly relevant content?
Alex Juel
http://www.seoverflow.com

1. Why does it take Googlebot so long to find 301 redirects to a new domain
from an old one? What is the quickest and most effective way to get
Googlebot to find 301 redirected pages and remove them from the index?

2. What is the fastest and most effective way to remove duplicate content
from Google’s index? robots.txt, 301 redirect, canonical, meta robots
noindex?

3. What is the number 1 crawl issue associated with ecommerce websites?

4. Can product feeds to online shopping sites cause duplicate content issues
for an online retailer? If so, what is the recommended way to avoid this, or
resolve a duplicate content issue already created by a shopping feed?

Lisa Hosman http://www.selectblinds.com
(See http://www.seroundtable.com/google-content-removal-16851.html)

Does advertising with Google affect the website’s organic search rankings?
Jonathan Passley http://www.pdrwebsolutions.com

In my recent experiences, it’s rare to see a piece of content 6
or more years old rank high. This is becoming more prominent in recent
years. For markets like public speaking advice that are “evergreen”, this
doesn’t make sense. It does make sense for the programming market where
content is easily outdated. What factors make for “outdated” content that
gets devalued? The market? Link drop-out?
http://www.onlinevisions.com.au

My comehike.com site was once penalized by Google Panda update. Now my new site problemio.com is not ranking although it has 40 articles of original high-quality content and a healthy link profile. Does my penalty for my original site red flag my new site?
Alex, http://www.problemio.com

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4 Responses to “Top Questions For Matt Cutts (Poll)”

  1. Mike Seddon says:

    Hi Tom,Nice set of questions. Just to save you time Matt’s already answered the question about the effect of advertising with Google on your organic rankings. He was at pains to stress it has no effect at all. I can’t add the link here in the comment box but if you search Matt Cutts Adwords on YouTube you will find the video answer.
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  2. Tom Shivers says:

    Thanks for pointing that out Mike, here’s the video you are referring to: http://youtu.be/Dvdg17aS5iI

    The FTC would have a lot of amo to kill Google if there were proof to the claim that Adwords advertisers get a better organic ranking for their site.
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  3. Emory Rowland says:

    It would be great to see these answered. I’ve been making notes on some of my own unanswered questions for an upcoming post. If I could have any question answered, it would be my post on the Google Webmaster Central Forums asking for help.
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  4. Tom Shivers says:

    haha, sounds like the help forums at Google may not be so responsive… not really funny but considering how eager Google is to help SEO people it is kinda.
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