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Since early 2009 Google's Matt Cutts has recorded a superhuman number of videos to help struggling site owners understand their site in search. While the videos are great, sometimes the guy just needs to get to the point. With that in mind we've done the hard work and watched every Matt Cutts video to pull out simple, concise versions of his answers: The Short Cutts!

528 Short Cutts (Running time 19:56:35)

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How can I research a domain that I may want to purchase?
21-Apr-2014 | 03:37

Do a "Site:" on Google. Also search for domain. Try and find reputation. Look up on archive.org. Ask previous owner for WMT and Analytics data.

URLs and Domains
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What are some myths about SEO?
16-Apr-2014 | 04:27

Ads affect rankings. Any "get rich quick" scheme.

SEO Community
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Does Google treat 404 and 410 status codes differently?
14-Apr-2014 | 02:55

404's are rechecked more frequently than 410's.

Website Structure
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How does Googlebot handle content loaded via AJAX?
07-Apr-2014 | 03:12

Google will try to execute JS as the page loads.

Crawling
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How does Google separate popularity from authority?
02-Apr-2014 | 02:56

Authoritative sites tend to have a batter PageRank.

Social Media
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How does Google evaluate algorithmic changes?
31-Mar-2014 | 03:36

Search Quality Raters who manually assess side-by-side results and judge which is best and various other tests.

Search Quality and Spam
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How can I tell if my site is affected by a particular algorithm?
24-Mar-2014 | 04:23

For manual actions check out Webmaster Tools. Check dates of algorithmic updates. Tweak content.

Google Penalties
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Can I place multiple breadcrumbs on a page?
19-Mar-2014 | 01:29

Yes, but Google will only pick up the first one.

Website Structure
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What should sites do with pages for products that are no longer available?
17-Mar-2014 | 03:24

404 the page. Consider displaying related products and using "unavailable after" META tag.

Website Structure
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Is there a way to tell Google about a mobile version of a page?
12-Mar-2014 | 04:22

Either use a responsive site or rel=alternate if you have a mobile site with a rel=canonical on the mobile site.

Website Structure
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How does Google use Percolator, Dremel and Pregel?
05-Mar-2014 | 04:04

Percolator = Incremental indexing. Dremel = Like MySQL but for huge databases. Pregel = Solution to graph problems

Google Products
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Can you talk about the webspam team's criteria for whether something is a "paid link"?
03-Mar-2014 | 07:41

Anything that is deceptive or manipulative or where high value material compensation is traded.

Link Building
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Should I focus on clarity or jargon when writing content?
26-Feb-2014 | 03:20

Clarity, but also include jargon.

Website Content
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How can an older site maintain its ranking over time?
27-Jan-2014 | 02:27

Keep the site up-to-date, move with the times.

Website Performance
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How should I address a small duplicate content issue?
08-Jan-2014 | 01:18

Use the "rel=canonical" tag

Website Content
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Should I use a separate IP address for each country-specific site?
18-Dec-2013 | 01:20

Ideally, but different TLD's are also a top indicator.

Hosting and Servers
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How does Google handle duplicate content?
16-Dec-2013 | 02:55

Google decides which is the most important and ranks that one highly whilst lowering the others.

Website Content
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What should I be aware of if I'm considering guest blogging?
10-Dec-2013 | 01:44

Do not use the same sites over and over, and always write unique content, not spun.

Link Building
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How can a site recover from a period of spamming links?
09-Dec-2013 | 02:45

The more serious the action taken by the webmaster, the more serious Google treat it.

Google Penalties
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How many links on a page should we have? Is there a limit?
25-Nov-2013 | 02:42

No limit, but ensure the links are not spammy.

Website Structure
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Is it necessary for every page to have a meta description?
18-Nov-2013 | 01:37

No - Keep them unique and apply them to the most important pages.

Rich Snippets and Meta
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Does a site rank better if it has a lot of indexed pages?
28-Oct-2013 | 01:33

Not directly, although sites with more pages have a better chance of ranking due to wider variety of keywords.

Crawling
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Is redirecting users based on their location spam?
09-Oct-2013 | 02:04

No, provided it's for a legitimate purpose.

Geo-Targeting and Local Search
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Why isn't my site's PageRank changing?
07-Oct-2013 | 02:10

Public Pagerank is becoming deprecated so is updated left often.

PageRank
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Should I use rel="nofollow" on internal links to a login page?
30-Sep-2013 | 02:28

Ordinarily no as internal links should not normally use rel="nofollow".

Link Building
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Will having the same ingredients list for a product as another site cause a duplicate content issue?
23-Sep-2013 | 01:56

Keep it small and have plenty of unique content on the same page.

Search Quality and Spam
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What should a site owner do if they think they might be affected by Panda?
11-Sep-2013 | 04:13

Make sure you have high quality content on your website that people would refer back to.

Google Penalties
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Can nofollow links hurt my site's ranking?
09-Sep-2013 | 01:50

Typically, no unless it is abused and manual action applied.

Link Building
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Does Google take action on automatically generated pages that provide no added value?
04-Sep-2013 | 02:02

Users should send spam reports and Google will take action.

Search Quality and Spam
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What is Google doing to provide support to webmasters?
28-Aug-2013 | 02:34

Google is trying to do more, there is a problem of scale.

SEO Community
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Is page speed a more important factor for mobile sites?
21-Aug-2013 | 01:40

No more than non-mobile, but users want quick mobile experiences.

Website Performance
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Should I add rel="nofollow" to links that are included with my widget?
12-Aug-2013 | 01:44

A rel nofollow tag on widgets and infographic embeds is recommended.

Link Building
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Should I be worried if a couple of sites that I don't want to be associated with are linking to me?
07-Aug-2013 | 00:57

No, contact them and ask them not to link to you then disavow them using the disavow tool.

Link Building
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Will Webmaster Tools give examples of which links or pages caused a manual spam action?
31-Jul-2013 | 01:31

They can't show them all, but in time they plan to show around 3 links in messages to help diagnose the problem

Google Penalties
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Should I use ccTLDs for sites not targeted to those countries?
29-Jul-2013 | 03:10

You can as long as Google treats them as generic, otherwise they're tied to a specific country. List here: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1347922?hl=en

URLs and Domains
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How does Google treat hidden content which becomes visible when clicking a button?
24-Jul-2013 | 01:44

If you're not trying to stuff hidden text in there then don't worry about it, it's a normal thing on today's web

Website Content
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How does required duplicate content (terms and conditions, etc.) affect search?
22-Jul-2013 | 01:04

As long as it's not spammy and keyword stuffed then you shouldn't stress about it. Google understands lots of sites need boiler plate content.

Website Content
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If I have 20 domains, should I link them all together?
17-Jul-2013 | 02:11

Not usually, it can look spammy. If they are country TLDs, perhaps have a single country locator page and link from there.

URLs and Domains
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How can I get examples of bad links to my site?
15-Jul-2013 | 01:48

They're working on providing examples as the messages go out, or a place in Webmaster Tools to see examples. Meanwhile, ask a Googler in the Webmaster Forums for examples

Google Penalties
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If my site goes down for a day, does that affect my rankings?
10-Jul-2013 | 01:27

No, if it's just for a short period then you shouldn't worry about that. If it's for, say, 2 weeks, then yes that could be a problem

Hosting and Servers Social Media
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How has query syntax changed since voice search has become more popular?
09-Jul-2013 | 02:11

People use more natural language. Google want to master conversational search

Google Products
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If I write about another article, where should I link to the original source?
01-Jul-2013 | 02:08

Google prefers a source link to be near the top, but anywhere in the article is ok

Link Building
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Will the Webmaster Tools API be updated to add additional data?
24-Jun-2013 | 00:53

Yes, released relatively soon. For now there are PHP and Python libraries to allow you access to this data

SEO Tools
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Why are some Google services not yet available in Albania?
19-Jun-2013 | 01:42

Google don't hate Albania. Google.al launched earlier in 2013 and there was a Google doodle for Albania independence day recently, but proper support takes time

Google Products
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Does using stock photos on your pages have a negative effect on rankings?
17-Jun-2013 | 00:56

No, but maybe it's a signal for Google to look at in the future

Search Quality and Spam
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Updated messages for manual webspam actions
12-Jun-2013 | 01:48

Google will include some examples of URLs they have flagged as spam, so that webmasters know where to look to clean up links

Google Penalties
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What are common mistakes you see from people using the "disavow links" tool?
10-Jun-2013 | 04:20

Uploading files that aren't in plain text (Excel, Word etc.), trying to disavow individual links rather than whole domains, using incorrect domain: syntax, having the reconsideration plea in the disavow text and leaving lines uncommented that should be commented

Google Penalties Penguin
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Will Google be evaluating the use of rel="author" moving forward?
05-Jun-2013 | 02:00

Yes, they're always looking to use that signal in useful ways. E.g. It may mean pages on non-important sites are surfaced if content is written by an important author.

Search Quality and Spam
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What are some misconceptions in the SEO industry?
03-Jun-2013 | 05:21

Data refreshes are the same as algorithm updates (they're not). Updates are intended to sell more ads (they're not). Link building can replace good UX and design (it can't).

SEO Community
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How does Google treat Advertorials?
29-May-2013 | 05:08

Paid content must be disclosed to users and the links no-followed. Google will take action if not.

Link Building Penguin
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How does Google think about search quality when it relies on subjective signals?
20-May-2013 | 03:01

All search engines are subjective to some degree, but Google take outside influence where it helps to improve search results

Search Quality and Spam
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Why does Google show multiple results from the same domain?
15-May-2013 | 04:48

If the site has multiple pages that are a really good match for the query.

SERPs Search Quality and Spam
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What should we expect in the next few months in terms of SEO for Google?
13-May-2013 | 07:23

Penguin 2.0, advertorials that pass PageRank, attacks on specific spammy areas like 'payday loans' results, more sophisticated link analysis, better detection and reporting of hacked sites, detection and better ranking for people who are industry authorities, refining the Panda algorithm, and better communication to webmasters generally.

Google Updates Penguin
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Should I use the Vary HTTP header on URLs that redirect based on user-agent?
08-May-2013 | 04:37

Yes, it's still used by Google though maybe not other services

Crawling Hosting and Servers
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What kind of t-shirt do you wear?
06-May-2013 | 00:42

J.Crew or Eddie Bauer. In Medium

Matt Cutts Trivia
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What's the latest SEO misconception that you would like to put to rest?
01-May-2013 | 01:40

That patents Google have had granted are in use. They're not necessarily

Google Updates
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What are the top 3-5 SEO areas where webmasters make the most mistakes?
29-Apr-2013 | 04:58

Not having a domain at all, not making it crawlable, not using words people search for on your page, not having compelling content, not having good titles and descriptions, not making use of webmaster resources.

Crawling Website Performance Website Content
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Does linking my two sites together violate the quality guidelines?
25-Apr-2013 | 02:24

No, not for a small number of related sites.

Link Building Penguin
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What is being done to remove "no results" pages?
22-Apr-2013 | 02:09

Do a spam report with examples and they'll prune them out of results

Search Quality and Spam Website Content
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Can I buy a domain that used to have spam on it and still rank?
10-Apr-2013 | 03:32

It's possible but can be difficult. Best to get a fresh domain

URLs and Domains Penguin
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Why does a new page's ranking change over time?
08-Apr-2013 | 02:45

More info becomes available to determine rank

SERPs
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How can a legitimate business compete online?
03-Apr-2013 | 03:53

Focus your content and improve your site

Website Content
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Why might a page with bad backlinks links be ranking highly?
01-Apr-2013 | 02:38

The algorithm isn't good enough, or you can't see all the links

SERPs
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Where do you see Google Search 10 years from now?
27-Mar-2013 | 03:18

Matt sees Google as a non invasive assistant

Google Trivia
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How do I get my search rankings back after my site has been down?
25-Mar-2013 | 01:16

Put your site back the way it was

Website Performance
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What does Google think of single-page websites?
19-Mar-2013 | 01:32

Google can parse most Javascript, but do some tests. For the most part it should work for Google as well as users

Website Structure Crawling Website Design
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Can I mark an email as
12-Feb-2013 | 00:54

Yes, turn on 'Priority Inbox'

Google Products
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How do I know which links to remove when I get an
11-Feb-2013 | 02:00

Look in Google Webmaster Tools in Traffic > Links to Your Site

Google Penalties Link Building Penguin
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Why does a certain YouTube video appear to be visiting my blog?
05-Feb-2013 | 02:07

Impossible to say, but it's probably referrer spam

Search Quality and Spam
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Do you have any specific tips for news sites?
04-Feb-2013 | 01:56

Try to keep the same story on a single URL as it evolves

URLs and Domains Website Structure
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An update on Google's webmaster videos
25-Dec-2012 | 01:08

He pretends to be a dinosaur

Matt Cutts Trivia Google Updates
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Holiday tips
19-Dec-2012 | 00:57

Use Chrome, use Two-factor Authentication and do backups

SEO Tools
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Negative SEO
18-Dec-2012 | 05:43

Don't worry about it, but if you are then use Disavow tool

SEO Community Google Penalties
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What has been the biggest surprise of 2012 for you and your spam team?
17-Dec-2012 | 03:33

People falling for snakeoil SEO promises

Matt Cutts Trivia
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What should be included in a proper reconsideration request?
12-Dec-2012 | 03:19

Explain what you've done to change your ways, giving assurance it won't happen again

Google Penalties
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What are the advantages of 301 redirects over rel=
11-Dec-2012 | 01:56

301 is a direct instruction, rel canonical is just a strong hint

Redirects and Canonicalization
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Will Google get a webspam team outside of the US?
05-Dec-2012 | 01:47

They already have in Dublin

Google Trivia
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Why might the estimated number of results change when going from page 1 to page 2?
04-Dec-2012 | 01:22

They're estimates. They're only accurate to 3 significant digits

SERPs
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Should I incorporate synonyms for important terms into my site?
28-Nov-2012 | 02:01

Use both if it feels natural

Website Content
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Why do paid links violate Google's guidelines while other ads don't?
27-Nov-2012 | 02:18

Ads that don't pass PageRank are fine

Link Building Penguin
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Why might Googlebot get errors when trying to access my robots.txt file?
26-Nov-2012 | 01:33

Maybe you're cloaking. Use Fetch as Googlebot in Webmaster Tools to confirm

Crawling
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What has having your own blog taught you about SEO?
21-Nov-2012 | 02:38

Matt sees the positive side of the web instead of just the spam

Matt Cutts Trivia
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Do you think that
20-Nov-2012 | 02:41

Yes, maybe to Search Experience Optimisation

SEO Community
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How will Google interpret links to URLs ending with a campaign tag?
14-Nov-2012 | 01:48

Google usually detects they're irrelevant, but 301, canonical tag or Webmaster Tools can help

Link Building
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How does Google consider site-wide backlinks?
13-Nov-2012 | 02:01

It's ok if they're natural

Link Building Penguin
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When would Google show multiple results from the same site?
06-Nov-2012 | 05:40

When the search is similar to a brand search

SERPs
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Why does Google shut down products?
06-Nov-2012 | 03:37

Either no-one uses them or Google can't support them anymore

Google Products
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Why doesn't Google release an SEO quality check up calculator?
23-Oct-2012 | 02:23

People would use it for evil

Google Products
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How can I make the pages on my site unique?
12-Oct-2012 | 02:40

If you can't add value, don't add pages

Website Content
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Does the use of schema.org markup create a ranking benefit?
10-Oct-2012 | 01:21

Not for normal search but potentially for vertical specific e.g Recipes

Website Coding Rich Snippets and Meta
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Is there any point having a press release section that copies content?
29-May-2012 | 04:21

Not really, unless you're selective about what you repost, and have lots of unique content

Website Content
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What happens if I link to a good page that later becomes spammy?
21-May-2012 | 02:01

You're ok if there's just a few

Link Building
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If I report the same news story as someone else, is that duplicate content?
16-May-2012 | 02:56

Make sure you write the article yourself so it's not the exact same article as others. Do another angle

Website Content
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How does Google search work?
23-Apr-2012 | 07:45

We crawl the web, crawling the best pages more often. Then we sift documents based upon queries and rank those results

Google Trivia
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How can I send feedback to Google?
03-Apr-2012 | 01:35

Google Webmaster Forum

Google Trivia
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How will Google treat new TLDs?
20-Mar-2012 | 01:31

Will return the best results to the user, regardless of the TLD it's on

URLs and Domains
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How much time should I spend on meta tags, and which ones matter?
19-Mar-2012 | 02:19

Meta description matters, meta keywords don't

Rich Snippets and Meta
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How can I get Googlebot to notice a 301 redirect?
14-Mar-2012 | 02:19

Let Googlebot find it in its own time

Redirects and Canonicalization Crawling
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Did the last Google Dance come with update BART or Fritz?
13-Mar-2012 | 02:02

Bart was the internal code name, it was known as Fritz externally

Google Trivia
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Does the number of tracking pixels or cookies affect my ranking?
12-Mar-2012 | 01:06

There are no guidelines on having tracking pixels, so this shouldn't affect rankings

Website Coding
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When might Google take action on an entire freehost?
07-Mar-2012 | 04:04

When a freehost has got infested with so much spam

Google Penalties Hosting and Servers
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How do we report a problem with our search results listings?
04-Nov-2011 | 01:34

Report it on the Webmaster Forum

SERPs
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How is Google helping Google Analytics users with site speed?
04-Nov-2011 | 02:01

The ASYNC code shouldn't slow the site

Website Performance
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How is Google Public DNS data used?
04-Nov-2011 | 01:58

Google doesn't share the data and it isn't used in search ranking

Google Trivia
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How would a non-optimized site outrank a site which has done SEO?
04-Nov-2011 | 02:09

It's not just optimisation. It's content, links, user experience etc.

Website Coding Link Building Website Design
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Which websites are popular among Googlers?
04-Nov-2011 | 02:28

Hacker News, Digg, Reddit, Techmeme, Tech Crunch

Google Trivia
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Why are some of Google's products not available outside of the US?
04-Nov-2011 | 02:12

They're a US company. Internationalisation is hard

Google Products
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Will Google improve its crawling of AJAX?
04-Nov-2011 | 01:49

There is a team working on it. In general Google can handle some AJAX

Crawling
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How do I set up authorship?
08-Sep-2011 | 09:56

Point a rel="author" link to your profile, then name your posts on your profile

Rich Snippets and Meta SERPs Social Media
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What if I can't use rel=author links?
08-Sep-2011 | 03:59

Add rel="author" on the end of link URLs and make the anchor text "+your name"

Website Coding Rich Snippets and Meta
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Can too many redirects from a single URL have a negative effect on crawling?
19-Aug-2011 | 01:53

One or two is fine, any more than five and Googlebot will probably not follow. Avoid mixing 301 and 302s as well

Redirects and Canonicalization
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How can I identify causes of a PageRank drop?
19-Aug-2011 | 02:45

Look at backlinks, internal linking, canonicalization, most common cause of a drop is violating quality guidelines e.g selling links

PageRank
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How does SafeSearch work?
19-Aug-2011 | 03:36

Looks for certain words and gives them certain weight. If there are enough words with enough weight then it says "this looks like it needs filtering"

Google Products
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What is Google's approach to customer service?
19-Aug-2011 | 04:13

We support all people on the web using forums, webmaster videos, blogs, chats etc.

Google Trivia
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Will Google implement the ability to search with regular expressions?
19-Aug-2011 | 01:39

Unlikely. It's not worth Google's time

Google Products
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Do multiple links from one page to another page count?
18-Aug-2011 | 03:46

Maybe, maybe not. Your time would be better spent elsewhere

Link Building
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Does Google treat .co as a generic TLD?
18-Aug-2011 | 01:10

Yes, they're not treating it as specific to Colombia

URLs and Domains
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Does translated content cause a duplicate content issue?
18-Aug-2011 | 02:17

No, but using Google Translate to auto-generate this can be spammy. Get a human to do a real translation

Website Content
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How can good sites that don't know about SEO rank well?
18-Aug-2011 | 02:08

We already try to compensate for these sites

SERPs
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How can I target parts my site to different locations?
18-Aug-2011 | 00:58

Use subfolders and set up in Google Webmaster Tools

Geo-Targeting and Local Search
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How does Google determine canonical source?
18-Aug-2011 | 02:58

We look at canonicals, rel="author" tags, where we found it first and if it's scraped content

Redirects and Canonicalization
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Should I care about mixed content if I offer my pages on HTTPS?
18-Aug-2011 | 01:18

Not for Google. Not a ranking factor at time of video

Website Content
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Should I make up filename extensions to improve my rankings?
18-Aug-2011 | 01:27

Matt wouldn't recommend going to those lengths

URLs and Domains
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Why don't 404 pages disappear immediately from search results?
18-Aug-2011 | 02:10

They may come back soon

SERPs
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Can I geo Target without a .com domain?
17-Aug-2011 | 02:32

There are about 40 domains you could use that aren't country specific

Geo-Targeting and Local Search
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Does spelling and grammar matter?
17-Aug-2011 | 02:59

No, but it doesn't hurt to put the effort in

Website Content
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What do you think about cloaking?
17-Aug-2011 | 08:47

Cloaking is bad. Very bad. Don't cloak content

Website Coding
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What does Google mean by trust?
17-Aug-2011 | 02:12

It's an umbrella term for PageRank, site history, respectability, content quality etc.

Google Trivia
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What role does being in DMOZ play in rankings?
17-Aug-2011 | 04:43

We sometimes take the DMOZ description and use it in your SERP listing

SERPs
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Is Google panda affecting none english speaking countries?
14-Aug-2011 | 01:29

It will be by the time you read this

Google Updates
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How can I optimize a PDF?
08-Aug-2011 | 02:29

Use good text, good titles, and fresh content

Website Content
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How does google determine page speed?
08-Aug-2011 | 02:01

We average data from Google Toolbar users

Website Performance
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My rankings have dropped. How do I find out what's wrong?
08-Aug-2011 | 05:20

Start with site:mysite.com, check for malware, check Webmaster Tools. Try the Webmaster Forum. Is it just your site, or lots of sites?

Google Penalties
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What are your thoughts on ranking reports?
08-Aug-2011 | 03:01

Ranking reports aren't important. Concentrate on how your site converts

SEO Tools
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Why aren't paid directories treated the same as paid links?
08-Aug-2011 | 02:12

They are. Don't use paid directories

Link Building
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How important is it to have keywords in a domain name?
03-Jul-2011 | 03:04

You don't need keywords in the domain name

URLs and Domains
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If you were an SEO of a large company, what would you include in your 2011 strategy?
03-Jul-2011 | 03:24

Optimise site speed, control of CMS, education program, internal linking, social media

SEO Community
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Will Google penalize sites which only link using the nofollow attribute?
03-Jul-2011 | 02:04

The percentage of nofollow is very small, not a big problem

Google Penalties Link Building
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Can switching to HTTPS harm ranking?
25-May-2011 | 01:37

Test first, but it should be ok

Website Coding URLs and Domains
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Does selling the same product on three different domains look spammy?
25-May-2011 | 02:28

Not so bad on a couple of domains if they offer something different

URLs and Domains e-Commerce
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How much content should be on a homepage?
25-May-2011 | 00:57

Do what is right for the site, but a little more content is better for Googlebot

Website Content
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Should I add nofollow to banner ads?
25-May-2011 | 01:24

Yes, but they usually have it anyway

Crawling
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What is caffeine indexing.
25-May-2011 | 01:56

It's how Google reduces latency between finding a document and users being able to search it

Google Trivia
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What should I do if the
25-May-2011 | 01:47

Report it via the Google Webmaster Forum

Crawling
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Why aren't the Google Toolbar PageRank values updated more often?
25-May-2011 | 02:22

To stop people obsessing over it

PageRank
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Why do Amazon.com pages tend to rank well for product queries?
25-May-2011 | 02:00

It doesn't always, but it's usually the best or only place for the product

SERPs
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Will showing recent posts on my homepage cause a duplicate content issue?
25-May-2011 | 01:33

A teaser or title is ok, not the whole post

Website Content
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Help, I've got malware!
08-May-2011 | 08:19

Use the Safe Browsing diagnostic service. Use Webmaster Tools. Try unmaskparasite.com

Google Products
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Is SEO spam?
08-May-2011 | 03:48

No, it's very useful for helping Google provide great results

Search Quality and Spam SEO Community
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Whats the diffrence between dashes and underscores?
08-May-2011 | 03:40

Underscores link words together. Dashes show separate words

URLs and Domains
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Is serving Googlebot a transcript in place of a video considered to be cloaking?
05-May-2011 | 01:17

Yes it is. Do something good for users, show both to all

Website Content
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What's your opinion on microsites?
05-May-2011 | 02:18

Build authority on your main site or small set of sites

Website Structure Website Design
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Why do porn sites have lower PageRank?
05-May-2011 | 01:59

People don't tend to get good links to porn sites

PageRank
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How does Google handle pages with content that changes on each page load?
22-Apr-2011 | 01:29

When Google crawls, it's a snapshot in time. It might miss important links in a rotation

Website Content
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Is there a way to indicate boilerplate content on a page?
22-Apr-2011 | 01:10

No, the algorithm handles that

Website Content
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Can I tell Google about links to my site?
19-Apr-2011 | 01:36

No you can't

Link Building
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Can coding errors affect how a page is indexed?
19-Apr-2011 | 01:55

If they're really bad, it can have a negative impact on crawling or indexation

Website Coding
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Can I flag spammy links to my site that I didn't create?
19-Apr-2011 | 01:45

No (At the time of video, you can now with the disavow tool.)

Link Building
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What do you think about Blekko?
19-Apr-2011 | 02:00

Matt loves new search engines and competition

Matt Cutts Trivia
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How do I change domain?
08-Apr-2011 | 06:57

Test first with a subpage and 301 it. Then start with the smallest parts of your site and move it gradually

URLs and Domains
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How should I move host?
08-Apr-2011 | 05:19

Lower your DNS TTL to about 5 minutes; duplicate the content to the new site. Once traffic picks up you can remove the old site

Hosting and Servers
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Is there a limit to how many 301's I can use.
08-Apr-2011 | 04:30

Have as many as you like, but don't chain more than five

Redirects and Canonicalization
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How can I make sure that Google knows my content is original?
04-Apr-2011 | 03:59

Tweet it, use pubsubhubbub to get it crawled. Do a DMCA request if you're ripped off

Website Content
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How can I learn about the technologies used at Google?
17-Mar-2011 | 02:09

Read the papers and literature. Check out Jeff Dean, Urs Holzle, Luiz Barroso

Google Products Google Trivia
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When I change domains, how long should I leave the redirects in place?
16-Mar-2011 | 02:26

A few months, maybe. Only if all signals confirm the change

URLs and Domains
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Why aren't geographic target and query parameters specified in robots.txt?
16-Mar-2011 | 01:58

Google don't want to play with the robots.txt spec, they want it in Webmaster Tools

Geo-Targeting and Local Search
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Does Google do a
15-Mar-2011 | 02:29

They try not to make changes during the holidays, but it can happen

Google Trivia Google Updates
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What are some of the projects that the webspam team might tackle in 2011?
15-Mar-2011 | 02:59

Keyword stuffing, duplication, link quality, hacked sites, communication with users

Search Quality and Spam
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Is changing the language of page titles based on the user's IP considered cloaking?
28-Feb-2011 | 02:22

No it's not, as long as it's the same for Googlebot

Rich Snippets and Meta
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How does Google treat sites where all external links are no-follow?
24-Feb-2011 | 02:56

Sites should be more nuanced in their approach

Website Structure Link Building
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Does Google still recommend 100 links or fewer per page?
23-Feb-2011 | 02:28

Not a guideline anymore. Do what is right for the page and users

Website Content Website Structure
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Is there any advice that you want to change from what you've said in the past?
16-Feb-2011 | 02:19

Not using Twitter in ranking (they can) and returning non-crawled pages as family safe

Matt Cutts Trivia Social Media
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When are penalties lifted?
14-Feb-2011 | 02:54

After recrawling. Perform a reconsideration request first

Google Penalties
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How are site: results ranked?
14-Jan-2011 | 01:34

A combination of PageRank, URL length, usefulness

SERPs
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How can I improve my linking on a Q&A site?
14-Jan-2011 | 02:46

Use related questions links, highlight good ones, add voting buttons etc.

Website Structure
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Is comma a separator in a title tag?
14-Jan-2011 | 01:09

Just don't use an underscore

Rich Snippets and Meta
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Is Google able to crawl protocols other than http and https?
14-Jan-2011 | 01:01

Yes, FTP, WML, WAP etc. But use HTTP/HTTPS

Crawling
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What are some examples of SEO misinformation?
14-Jan-2011 | 04:08

Treat customers badly to get complaint links, Spam team are slackers, only links matter

SEO Community
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Where is Google heading in the future?
14-Jan-2011 | 02:13

Find out what users want

Google Trivia
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How does Google handle
03-Jan-2011 | 01:36

Google tends to treat as regular 404s

Crawling Website Coding
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What are some of your Android recommendations?
02-Jan-2011 | 05:02

Tripit, 3rd party batteries, podcasts, MySixSense, Wifi Analyser, Mapviewer etc.

Matt Cutts Trivia
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What are some search trends on your radar?
18-Dec-2010 | 05:05

Hacked Sites, Communication, Social, Online Reputation

SEO Community
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Does Google think the world will end in 2012?
03-Nov-2010 | 00:09

No official position on this

Google Trivia
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Will Google offer ranking reports?
02-Nov-2010 | 01:58

There's no API for this, but more data will be provided in time as people do request that

Google Products SEO Tools
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How would you bootstrap a business if you were given £10?
27-Oct-2010 | 01:39

Buy one domain name, as much hosting as possible and go from there

Matt Cutts Trivia Hosting and Servers
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How does Google determine domain age, and is it important for ranking?
26-Oct-2010 | 03:20

First crawl date. Don't worry about it

URLs and Domains
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Why doesn't the clickthrough data in Webmaster Tools match what I see in Google Analytics?
20-Oct-2010 | 02:13

They are separate systems. A user may also have JavaScript disabled which is only used by Analytics to track visits.

Google Products
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How can I explain to clients that rankings can't be guaranteed?
19-Oct-2010 | 02:41

Tell them Google agrees. For results that will stand the test of time, build a great site

SEO Community
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Is there a widget to display my number of subscribers?
18-Oct-2010 | 00:57

Yes, FeedBurner already has one

SEO Tools
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Should I block duplicate pages using robots.txt?
03-Oct-2010 | 02:03

Let Google figure out the duplicates on their own before taking this step

Website Content Crawling
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Are nofollow links irrelevant?
02-Oct-2010 | 02:40

They're irrelevant to search engines, but worth it to get visits

Crawling
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Which character in Dilbert do you mostly identify with, and why?
15-Sep-2010 | 00:55

Ask the Intern and The Garbageman

Matt Cutts Trivia
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How is Google finding pages which don't have any links to them?
14-Sep-2010 | 03:09

Googlebot can interact with forms, or maybe there are just links you don't know about

Crawling
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Why doesn't search query data in Webmaster Tools appear to match what I see when searching?
08-Sep-2010 | 02:27

Personalised Search, Country/City Dependent, Different Data Centre

Google Products SERPs
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How should I configure If-Modified-Since on database-driven pages?
31-Aug-2010 | 02:42

Update or remove If-Modified-Since Header

Website Coding
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What's a good way to kick off a new RSS feed?
30-Aug-2010 | 01:48

New high quality content

Website Content
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How do PageRank updates work?
26-Aug-2010 | 02:20

Via Cron Jobs

PageRank
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Is it better to have keywords in the URL path or filename?
25-Aug-2010 | 02:01

URL Path but mainly for UX

URLs and Domains
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How are sitelinks generated?
23-Aug-2010 | 01:52

Algorithmically

SERPs
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Which Chrome extensions are popular at Google?
18-Aug-2010 | 03:08

goo.gl URL Shortener, Favourite Doodle

Google Trivia
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Can a site's downtime affect its ranking?
17-Aug-2010 | 02:30

Yes, depending on the length of downtime

Website Performance
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Does the PageRank of Twitter profiles matter?
03-Aug-2010 | 00:09

Yes, if you want your Twitter profile to rank. No for the outbound links

Social Media
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Can I target a specific OS using AdWords?
02-Aug-2010 | 00:56

Matt doesn't know, but it's good suggestion

Google Products
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Can you make the realtime results more conspicuous?
27-Jul-2010 | 01:37

Google has an open mind

SERPs
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Where do you see Google in 5 years?
21-Jul-2010 | 04:22

Still as an advocate for its users

Google Trivia
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How can a photographer's image-focused site gain PageRank?
20-Jul-2010 | 02:34

Incorporate data around the image

Website Design PageRank
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What is the benefit of using the change of address tool in Google Webmaster Tools?
19-Jul-2010 | 02:55

It notifies Google quicker than just 301's, but do both

URLs and Domains
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What is the best way to check your own site for keyword rankings?
13-Jul-2010 | 03:11

Search for the phrase on Google

SERPs
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How does Google handle a page containing multiple languages?
08-Jul-2010 | 01:50

Google will try to interpret page the best it can

Website Content
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How can a website compete using only white hat techniques?
07-Jul-2010 | 03:58

Use techniques which will stand the test of time

SEO Community
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Are Google SERPs the same on all browsers?
30-Jun-2010 | 02:24

Usually, yes

SERPs
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How do you protect your blog from hackers?
21-Jun-2010 | 02:13

Keep up to date and restrict /wp-admin/ folder to good IP addresses

Website Coding
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What's your take on
15-Jun-2010 | 03:47

301 to main site if you have them. Don't make multiple sites

URLs and Domains
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What are some of your favorite websites?
10-Jun-2010 | 01:32

mail.google.com, google.com/calendar, www.techmeme.com, Google News, Tech Crunch, Google Reader, Twitter, Friend Feed

Matt Cutts Trivia
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Why aren't breadcrumbs displaying in search results for my site?
09-Jun-2010 | 03:21

Bad markup. It just needs more time or Google don't have enough trust in your domani

Website Coding SERPs
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Will we see real-time results for site: queries?
08-Jun-2010 | 02:16

Matt doesn't know

SERPs
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How does URL structure affect PageRank?
04-Jun-2010 | 02:04

It doesn't really matter what your URL structure is

URLs and Domains PageRank
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What signals are used in ranking other than PageRank?
02-Jun-2010 | 01:52

There's 200 in total

Google Trivia
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Can you give us an update on rankings for long-tail searches?
30-May-2010 | 02:40

There was a algorithm change called Mayday

Google Updates
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What Chrome extension would you like to see?
13-May-2010 | 01:45

One that lists all bookmarks instead of the bookmark bar

Matt Cutts Trivia
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How long does it take for Googlebot to re-crawl a page?
11-May-2010 | 01:29

Typically a few days

Crawling
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Why is Google still taking notice of DMOZ?
10-May-2010 | 01:23

Some countrys use DMOZ because it's easier to click than type, but we rely on it less.

Rich Snippets and Meta
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Is a sale page duplicate content?
03-May-2010 | 01:10

One or two pages, it's fine, if it's lots then block

Website Content
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Can I exclude certain words from Googlebot?
29-Apr-2010 | 01:46

Include words in an \ and block that file with robots.txt

Crawling
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Can you give an update on the state of the UK SERPs?
29-Apr-2010 | 02:06

Work in progress

SERPs
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How do you see search working a decade from now?
29-Apr-2010 | 01:19

More mobile and more refined

Google Trivia
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How does a user's location affect search results?
29-Apr-2010 | 01:40

It refines results when possible

Geo-Targeting and Local Search
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How does Google rank sites which run on non-standard ports?
29-Apr-2010 | 01:33

Google understands them well

URLs and Domains
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What gadgets have you bought recently?
29-Apr-2010 | 00:55

Pogoplug HDD adaptor

Matt Cutts Trivia
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What is the future of semantic search?
29-Apr-2010 | 03:44

Try to understand user's intent and document understanding

Google Trivia
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Why does Google give SEO advice?
10-Apr-2010 | 02:24

For a better web

SEO Community
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Which games do you play?
08-Apr-2010 | 01:02

Portal

Matt Cutts Trivia
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What are some effective techniques for building links?
03-Apr-2010 | 07:52

Controversy, participating in the community, oiginal research, newsletters, social media, lists, blogs, How tos and tutorials, run a useful service, make a few videos

Link Building
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Why doesn't Google use reCAPTCHA?
31-Mar-2010 | 01:01

They probably will, eventually

Google Trivia
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How can I get Google to index more of my Sitemap URLs?
23-Mar-2010 | 01:31

No guarantees to crawl anything in the sitemap. To get more pages crawled get more authority/reputation

Crawling
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Should we be worried about a penalty if we quickly removed hacked content?
22-Mar-2010 | 01:18

As long as we haven't crawled the site when it was hacked, no

Google Penalties
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What do Googlers usually talk about?
18-Mar-2010 | 01:02

The web, gadgets, how to improve search quality

Google Trivia
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At what level is nofollow honored?
16-Mar-2010 | 01:16

Individual link level

Link Building
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Can we serve Googlebot a different page with no ads?
15-Mar-2010 | 01:20

No, that's cloaking

Crawling
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Do tag clouds help or hinder SEO?
08-Mar-2010 | 02:43

Can be good or bad, like any form of linking

Website Structure
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How many bots does Google have?
02-Mar-2010 | 02:30

More than 25 and less than 1,000

Crawling Google Trivia
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How will Google search work with pages built with GWT?
25-Feb-2010 | 01:21

Hopefully over time Google will get better at exciting JS and AJAX and represent that appropriately in our search results

Google Products
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If I use multiple versions of a phrase, would it be seen as keyword spam?
24-Feb-2010 | 01:34

As longs as it's natural, it's fine

Website Content
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How can I add more than 1,000,000 URLs to a Sitemap?
23-Feb-2010 | 00:57

Create a sitemap index referencing multiple sitemaps

Website Coding Crawling
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A curious question about cats
18-Feb-2010 | 00:40

I don't know, maybe they just like it?

Matt Cutts Trivia
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How can a site that focuses on video or images improve its rankings?
17-Feb-2010 | 02:05

Look at meta data, captioning, and tags to images

Website Content
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Is it worth spending time on creating tags and categories?
16-Feb-2010 | 01:59

In general, Google figure out what your post is about, so don't worry too much about it

Website Content Website Structure
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How can I get my business to become known online?
11-Feb-2010 | 02:40

Make something excellent

SEO Community
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What's a good screen resolution to design for?
28-Jan-2010 | 02:27

The top 9 screen resolutions in Google Analytics were all bigger than 800x600

Website Design
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Is the order of links on a page important for SEO?
27-Jan-2010 | 01:07

Don't worry about it. There's no special benefit to it being the first link

Website Structure
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Is cross-linking websites bad?
25-Jan-2010 | 02:01

If the websites are relevant then a small number isn't an issue

Link Building
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2010 search predictions
21-Jan-2010 | 02:44

Return information real-time, UI changes, hacking websites will still be a trend

Matt Cutts Trivia
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State of the Index 2009
20-Jan-2010 | 26:00

(At 26 minutes, there's no short answer)

Google Trivia
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What are some best practices for indicating breadcrumbs?
19-Jan-2010 | 02:04

Have a set of delimited links on your site that accurately reflect site's hierarchy

Website Coding
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How do you rate links from sites like Twitter and Facebook?
14-Jan-2010 | 02:23

Google treats all links the same

Social Media Link Building
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How does Google handle special characters?
11-Jan-2010 | 02:19

Matt doesn't know

Website Coding
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Why are links used in ranking when they all have the nofollow attribute?
09-Jan-2010 | 02:13

Interesting content gets followed links

Link Building
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What should we do about IE 6?
04-Jan-2010 | 01:33

It will eventually fade out, just wait

SEO Community
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Should we create a mobile version of our site?
03-Jan-2010 | 01:17

If you can make your site work on mobile, then do that instead

Website Coding Crawling
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Matt Cutts demonstrates a few features of the
10-Dec-2009 | 01:38

Filter and sorting by recent results and type of results (video, forum, reviews)

Matt Cutts Trivia
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Wonder wheel
10-Dec-2009 | 01:48

It doesn't exist anymore

Matt Cutts Trivia
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What are some running gags at Google?
30-Nov-2009 | 02:26

That people gain weight when they first start working at Google due to free food (the Google 15); people want to make a Space Elevator

Google Trivia
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Which search feature would you add to Google?
24-Nov-2009 | 02:26

To only show the q= parameter in the URL and not all other parameters

Matt Cutts Trivia
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How can I remove old content from Google's index?
23-Nov-2009 | 02:16

404 for single page; block via robots.txt for all website

SERPs Crawling
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Google Search Tips
18-Nov-2009 | 02:30

Phrase searches, the minus sign, using the plus sign, site:

Matt Cutts Trivia
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Why would an FAQ page rank above a site's homepage?
17-Nov-2009 | 02:10

Because they are getting more links

SERPs
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Google's YouTube Channels
16-Nov-2009 | 01:57

Google Tech Talks, Google IO, Reporter Centre

Google Products
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Gmail Power Tips
29-Oct-2009 | 06:52

Use HTTPS; use POP3; labels; turn off web clips; change your theme

Google Products
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What should I do if I don't know why I'm penalized?
28-Oct-2009 | 01:16

Make sure site isn't hacked. Go to Google Webmaster Help Forums, file reconsideration request

Google Penalties
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Should I link to all press mentions of my site?
27-Oct-2009 | 01:17

Probably not. Could be seen as reciprocal link

Link Building
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JavaScript and email addresses
26-Oct-2009 | 02:15

If you only rely on JavaScript to hide your email address, it's possible for Google to execute the JS and for your email to be crawled

Crawling
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Matt loses a bet
21-Oct-2009 | 01:36

Matt gets his hair cut

Matt Cutts Trivia
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Sock puppet marketing
19-Oct-2009 | 02:38

Don't do it

SEO Community
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More on geographic targeting
15-Oct-2009 | 02:05

If you manually change the geo-location from what Google thinks, you'll notice you may not appear in the old location as often

Geo-Targeting and Local Search
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How would you run your own online marketing company?
14-Oct-2009 | 01:56

He'd create a useful service and operate completely transparently

Matt Cutts Trivia
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Snippets and Titles
11-Oct-2009 | 03:04

They choose the most relevant/useful snippets and titles to the user's query

Rich Snippets and Meta
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Google Mobile App
09-Oct-2009 | 04:35

Go download Google Mobile app - it's got voice recognition

Google Products
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How can I merge two sites?
30-Sep-2009 | 02:35

301 redirect each webpage to the new webpage. Contact any good links you may have, asking them to update their link

Redirects and Canonicalization
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Secret feature of Google Reader
29-Sep-2009 | 02:21

UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A - Secret ninja mode

Google Products
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How should I serve different content based on user location?
24-Sep-2009 | 02:10

Redirect by IP, but don't do anything special for Googlebot

Geo-Targeting and Local Search Website Content
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Will you provide information about algorithm updates?
23-Sep-2009 | 02:12

We make a lot of small updates instead of large updates. When we have big changes, we are happy to confirm that they have taken place

Google Updates
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Can you benefit from content scraped from your site?
22-Sep-2009 | 02:26

Most of the time you don't need to worry about it. You might get a link to you from it, so worst case it won't hurt

Website Content
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What will happen to paid links implemented using JavaScript?
17-Sep-2009 | 04:04

Google's getting better at finding in JavaScript. You should nofollow or block JavaScript in robots.txt

Link Building
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Why doesn't google.com validate?
16-Sep-2009 | 02:06

We want as few bytes as possible to reduce download time

Website Coding
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How should I link to a site that I have a personal relationship with?
11-Sep-2009 | 02:34

Disclose the relationshop with surrounding text

Link Building
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How are spam reports prioritized?
08-Sep-2009 | 01:15

By impact on user

Search Quality and Spam
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What should I watch out for if I redirect mobile visitors?
03-Sep-2009 | 02:15

Just treat Googlebot the same as a user

Redirects and Canonicalization
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What factors influence video results in Universal Search?
26-Aug-2009 | 01:31

Query match, authority and links

SERPs
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What are the hidden gems of Google?
24-Aug-2009 | 02:44

A mobile app called My Tracks

Google Trivia
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Are links in footers treated differently than paragraph links?
20-Aug-2009 | 01:21

Yes, often they're less valuable

Link Building
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When will Rich Snippets become widely available?
19-Aug-2009 | 01:19

One day, but they're taking it slowly at first

Rich Snippets and Meta
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Search with My Location
10-Aug-2009 | 01:35

You can search by your location on Google on a smart phone

Geo-Targeting and Local Search
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Will Google find text in images someday?
07-Jul-2009 | 00:33

Matt's not sure

Crawling
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Can my blogroll affect my blog's reputation in Google?
01-Jul-2009 | 01:17

Only if you link to spam

Link Building
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When will the data in Webmaster Tools be improved?
30-Jun-2009 | 00:55

They are always improving it

Google Products
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How can I optimize my site on a small budget?
29-Jun-2009 | 01:27

Go for small niche and be creative

SEO Community
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Can the geographic location of a web server affect SEO?
25-Jun-2009 | 01:17

Yes, it can affect what countries you rank in

Geo-Targeting and Local Search Hosting and Servers
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What are some best practices for moving to a new CMS?
22-Jun-2009 | 02:21

Stagger your launch, keep same URLs

Website Design
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What's the preferred way to check for links to my site?
19-Jun-2009 | 01:09

Use Webmaster Tools or Yahoo Site Explorer

Link Building
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What types of directories are seen as sources of paid links?
17-Jun-2009 | 02:55

It's more about the value to users

Link Building
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Why do big brands rank so well, regardless of content and links?
11-Jun-2009 | 01:09

Matt doesn't agree with the premise

SERPs
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What are the ways to hide text?
10-Jun-2009 | 02:23

Make it visible to Google and Users

Website Design
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Does linkbait have to be black hat?
09-Jun-2009 | 03:19

No, it's just something people want to link to

Link Building
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What if a search for my business triggers
08-Jun-2009 | 01:16

Nothing, Google should get better over time

SERPs
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How many pages can Google index from a single site?
05-Jun-2009 | 01:05

There's no real limit

Crawling
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What impact does server location have on rankings?
03-Jun-2009 | 01:32

It's a factor in which countries SERPs you show in

Hosting and Servers
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How can I make sure Google reaches my deeper pages?
02-Jun-2009 | 01:14

Link to them from the root page

Crawling
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Will you ever switch to a Mac?
29-May-2009 | 00:53

Maybe in the future

Matt Cutts Trivia
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What are your views on PageRank sculpting?
28-May-2009 | 01:49

It's fine, but work on links and content first

PageRank
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How can new pages get indexed quickly?
27-May-2009 | 00:43

Get more and better links

Link Building
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Why is the @ character ignored in search queries?
22-May-2009 | 00:49

To not index email addresses

SERPs
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Can Experts Exchange be excluded from search results?
19-May-2009 | 02:14

Google won't at the moment, so you can exclude it

SERPs
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Uncrawled URLs in search results
10-May-2009 | 04:34

We found a link to the page but didn't crawl the page itself

Crawling
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How much does a domain's age affect its ranking?
07-May-2009 | 01:41

Don't worry about it

URLs and Domains
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Can you talk about the change in Google's referrer string?
06-May-2009 | 03:00

The string now contains the result position

Google Products SERPs
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Why aren't penalized sites notified in Webmaster Tools?
05-May-2009 | 01:25

They do for most penalties

Google Penalties
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How are load times displayed in Webmaster Tools calculated?
04-May-2009 | 00:53

Average time to get the page

Website Performance
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Should I use nofollow in links to my disclaimer and privacy policy?
01-May-2009 | 01:36

You can if you want, Matt wouldn't bother

Website Structure
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Gmail Labs
11-Mar-2009 | 14:03

(At 14 minutes, there's no short answer)

Google Products
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Which SEO agency do you recommend?
08-Mar-2009 | 01:33

Matt doesn't recommend any

SEO Community
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Can I disallow crawling of my CSS and JavaScript files?
06-Mar-2009 | 01:17

You should let Googlebot crawl it

Crawling
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Can I tell Google not to use the posting date in my snippet?
06-Mar-2009 | 01:20

No, Google will decide that

SERPs
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Does Google Analytics work with Web 2.0 and social media?
06-Mar-2009 | 01:20

Yes, with event tracking etc.

Google Products
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Has Google changed the relevancy it awards to social media?
06-Mar-2009 | 01:29

Yes, but not specifically for social media

Social Media
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How can I optimize for
06-Mar-2009 | 01:38

Use a sitemap, link from root, use dropdowns instead of text boxes

Crawling
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How do I optimize an e-commerce site without rich content?
06-Mar-2009 | 02:53

Create rich content. Do the hard work

Website Content e-Commerce
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Is excessive whitespace in the HTML source bad?
06-Mar-2009 | 01:21

They don't really care

Website Coding
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Should I strip file extensions from my URLs?
06-Mar-2009 | 01:14

It doesn't affect ranking so leave them in

URLs and Domains
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Star Wars or Star Trek?
06-Mar-2009 | 00:28

Star Wars

Matt Cutts Trivia
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What can I do if a competitor is spamming?
06-Mar-2009 | 00:59

File a spam report with Google

Search Quality and Spam
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What do I do after being hacked?
06-Mar-2009 | 01:28

Get unhacked, then send reconsideration request

Search Quality and Spam
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What's a preferred site structure?
06-Mar-2009 | 00:57

Have key pages near the root

Website Structure
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Are Google SERPs moving to Ajax, will it affect analytics?
05-Mar-2009 | 01:45

It may affect the referrer data in analytics programs

SERPs
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Does the position of keywords in the URL affect ranking?
05-Mar-2009 | 01:15

Don't worry about it, but keyword in the URL helps a little bit

URLs and Domains
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How accurate is link: search? Do links not in the list still get credit?
05-Mar-2009 | 03:11

It's a subset of total backlinks. Use Webmaster Tools for more. And yes, they do

SERPs Link Building
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Is redirecting a large number of domains suspicious?
05-Mar-2009 | 01:31

Lots of valid reasons to do this, but Google might scrutinise it

Redirects and Canonicalization URLs and Domains
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More than one H1 on a page: good or bad?
05-Mar-2009 | 01:08

Don't overdo it, but it's acceptable

Website Coding
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Why does Google index blogs faster than other sites?
05-Mar-2009 | 02:05

It's about great content and authority

Crawling
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Will Google use non-link references as a signal?
05-Mar-2009 | 01:22

Probably not. It's open to abuse

Link Building
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Is Google putting more weight on brands in rankings?
04-Mar-2009 | 03:31

Indirectly. It's all about trust, authority, PageRank, reputation and quality

SERPs
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Should large corporations use rel=canonical on every page?
04-Mar-2009 | 02:29

They can, but fix the structure first. Be careful with it

Redirects and Canonicalization
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Will Google provide a rank-checking service?
04-Mar-2009 | 02:56

You can see this data in Webmaster Tools

Google Products
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What do you predict will be the big changes to search in the next few years?
12-Feb-2009 | 03:27

New types of data to search; semantic search; mobile; people will store more data in the cloud

Google Trivia

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