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
- Why is Matt baiting Aaron and the SEO community at large via his personal blog?
- Why is there still no official process via Webmaster Tools to let webmasters know about potential penalties?
- Did Google publish the official line after seeing Matt’s post?
- Should Google employees maintain publicly accessible blogs or websites?
- 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.