Matt Cutts wife is gone on vacation. With that you would think that Matt would be taking it easy but not so. Rather he has been posting like crazy at his blog. Therefore Rand Fishkin thought it might be a good time to ask Matt some specific questions – eleven to be exact. Seeing that Matt was absent from the SES Chicago show last week, possibly Matt would take some time to answer a set of questions that offer multiple choice answers? The answer was yes which produced a nice list of juicy tidbits regarding Google outlook on web sites and search marketing.
Here are a couple I thought were intriguing.
Question #2 – Is Google worried about the inherent link bias that sites such as Digg, Slashdot and Reddit provide (specifically, the “linkbait” effect whereby URLs mentioned on these sites typically pick up hundreds or thousands of new inbounds)?
Answer: We have no plans to treat these phenomenon any different than a site that picks up buzz via any other method (advertising, email, word-of-mouth, etc.)
Question #8 – SEOs sometimes get paranoid that Google is trying to take over their jobs for them. Would you like to see Google fill the role of optimization consultant or do you think the profession should remain its own cottage industry?
Answer: I would like to see Google do a better job of informing and helping folks to get their websites indexed and ranking, but there will always be a need for the high-quality, value-added consultancy that a search strategist can bring to the table.
See entire list at “Mrs. Cutts is Out of Town – Let’s Ask Matt Some Questions.” Thanks, Rand.