Mar 31 2014

Guest Blogging And The Politics of Google

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

In January Matt Cutts warned that guest blogging for SEO is dead and it caused lots of discussion among online marketers.

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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? (36%, 59 Votes)
  • Is Google putting more trust in content based on Google Authorship? (33%, 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 What factors make for "outdated" content that gets devalued?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? (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Does advertising with Google affect the website's organic search rankings? (3%, 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? (3%, 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? (3%, 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? (3%, 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? (2%, 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? (2%, 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? (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Why, even after Penguin 2.0, are there still so many top 3 rankings for websites with obviously spammy link profiles? (2%, 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? (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Why does it take Googlebot so long to find 301 redirects to a new domain from an old one? (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Does Google distinguish between legit editorial (stories written by journalists) and syndicated content, devaluing the link(s) from syndicated content? (1%, 2 Votes)
  • When should I disavow an entire domain that links to my site, rather than a few links from that domain? (1%, 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

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Aug 15 2011

Inside the Google Mindset

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

In a somewhat recent Matt Cutts video he goes over some of the objectives of the Panda update and iterations that followed. Then Matt says, “It helps to step into the Google Mindset and how we think about these sorts of things because whenever we’re trying to write the algorithms, whenever we’re trying to uncover the signals, those kinds of questions can be very helpful to understand how we’re thinking about the problem and how we’re trying to return higher quality sites.”

Matt says they are going to keep iterating on the Panda update to try to keep sites that don’t produce quality content from ranking as high as sites that do produce content that users love.

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