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November 15th, 2007 · 18 Comments

From the official Google blog:

We remove results from our index only when required by law (for example, when linked to content infringing copyright) and in a small number of other instances, such as spam results or results including unauthorized credit card and social security numbers. Where feasible, we tell our users when we remove results.

This was posted on the official Google blog approximately six hours after Matt Cutts’ extraordinary post on his own personal blog regarding SEO Book author Aaron Wall.

Now I’m sure that the timing of these two articles is purely coincidental. However for me it opens up a number of different thoughts

  1. Why is Matt baiting Aaron and the SEO community at large via his personal blog?
  2. Why is there still no official process via Webmaster Tools to let webmasters know about potential penalties?
  3. Did Google publish the official line after seeing Matt’s post?
  4. Should Google employees maintain publicly accessible blogs or websites?
  5. Just how transparent do we expect a multi billion dollar company to be?

It’s late. I haven’t slept well for the last few days so maybe my thoughts are a bit rambling but I am seriously questioning what Matt hopes to achieve with his thinly veiled attack on Aaron via his blog.


Tags: Search Marketing

18 responses so far ↓

  • Igor The Troll // Nov 15, 2007 at 7:22 am

    Welcome to the Jungle.

  • Mike // Nov 15, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Fortunately it looks like there’ll be no rumble in the jungle after all…

    Thanks for stopping by, Igor. My first non-anonymous troll :D

  • Sanjen // Nov 15, 2007 at 11:43 am

    I think Google’s arrogance (perceived) is starting to piss some webmasters offer.

    The discontent with Google has been simmering for a while and I think that it’s only a matter of time before start to feel the backlash.

    It was webmasters who helped Google become what it is today and it will the the same webmasters that will be at the root of it’s slow demise.

    Time will tell.

  • Mike // Nov 15, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I think you’re right, Sanjen, and there’s the key – perceived arrogance.

    Part of the problem is G’s reluctance to air stuff in public. They drip feed information via their official sites (i.e. Google Webmaster Blog), drip feed through their non-official sites (i.e. Matt Cutts’ blog), drip feed through website interviews or blog comments. Some things they respond to, others they let run their course in order to fuel the FUD factor. Or do they? That’s the thing – perception.

    In a perfect world they would have one single absolute authoritative site which proactively responds to the webmaster and SEO community. I’m not talking about leaking algorithms or what have you but something that responds to the needs of the community, builds relationships with them and that dispels the FUD that surrounds them. That way we can go back to our original reasons for reading Matts blog. To see pics of his cat :)

  • Rob // Nov 15, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    >..when required by law (for example, when linked to content infringing copyright) and in a small number of other instances, such as spam results or results including unauthorized credit card and social security numbers..

    Funny how they mix in spam with illegality.

    That has to be the most bizarre post ever from MC too.

    As 4 ur q’s,a quick opine on 3

    >Why is Matt baiting Aaron and the SEO community at large via his personal blog?

    Hasnt he always? Isnt this just another way of trying to shape the agenda and turn the tide on the anti google wave?

    >Why is there still no official process via Webmaster Tools to let webmasters know about potential penalties?

    Cos all SEO’s or webmasters who get penalties are dirty evil bastards who deserve to be locked up in a gulag, let alone be helped to spam?

    >Did Google publish the official line after seeing Matt’s post?

    Nah..coincidence,surely.. ;)

  • Mike // Nov 15, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Rob. Yeah I did find it kinda odd that spam was bundled in with stuff like credit car fraud but there you go..24 hours later and I’m still unsure what Matt was hoping to achieve with his post.

    Thanks for the Stumble love, by the way :mrgreen:

  • Paul // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    I see nothing rumbly here. I think your questions are spot on, particularly about the unofficial nature of MC’s blog. Yet neither Google nor the SEO community is ultimately interested in MC blog’s disappearance. It helps Google with PR and to probe for major discontent, and it helps the SEO community feel like they have gotten some information out of Google.

    “A court is an assembly of noble and distinguished beggars” Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

  • Mike // Nov 16, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    I certainly don’t want Matts blog to disappear but I’m still shaking my head at that post.

    Also using his blog as a barometer for the powers that be at Big G seems a little unfair on Matt himself, surely?

  • evan // Nov 16, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    I agree. Webmaster are starting to get angry and frustrated with google. Here is the post I tried to post on Matt Cutts blog yesterday. Hasn’t been approved yet, maybe he just didn’t have the time.

    “It would be great if Google truly opened up with webmasters and provided an easy way for webmasters to get a simple no/yes with a reason for sites that may be penalized. It would help put a stop to all the complaints and save webmasters a whole lot of time trying to figure out what is going on with their site in google.

    Most webmasters out there — especial the new ones like myself — don’t know or have the time to track google’s every guideline. Most are not trying to game google but may through ignorance be penalized. I myself am worried one of my sites may be penalized and have spent a large amount of frustrated time poring over the guidelines trying to figure this out.

    Help the community that you are directing (whether you like it or not) and open up.”

  • Mike // Nov 16, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Valid points, Evan. I think the frustration is what is creating this build up of anger towards Google.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. I love you even if Matt doesn’t :D

  • Igor The Troll // Dec 22, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Well guys I am totally tired of Matt, Google and all the Hype…I just did three sites this year and they have nothing to do with eirther of them.

    I do believe it is time to move on.

    You welcome to check out my sites, and my new blog, not SEO. Just ffollow the Troll and you will not get lost..:)

    P.S. Happy holidays!

  • Mike // Dec 23, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    And a happy holiday to you too, Igor :)

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