Matt Cutts Video: Talks About DataCenter Updates

Matt Cutts has just released another video. Key points: If you’re “caught” in data updates (presumably that means your pages aren’t showing up) you might want to stop listening to SEOs in forums and back off optimising quite so hard (I’m paraphrasing – however he hints at over-optimisation penalties and SEO footprints) Matt talks about the infrastructure updates. While the …

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Google To Offer Free Book Downloads

According to BusinessWeek: “Google Inc. on Wednesday plans to begin letting consumers download and print free of charge classic novels and many other, more obscure books that are in the public domain.“ What’s the bet that copyright books will follow once the book publishers wake up and see the huge volumes that can be sold vs the cost of production …

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Is Blackhat SEO Mainstream?

SEO Blackhat has a good post about how once unacceptable practices are now becoming more mainstream. Not that Google will codone them anytime soon, I’m sure. Since following arbitrary “rules” is no longer a guarantee of anything as far as getting search engine exposure is concerned, it isn’t surprising that some webmasters will be more inclined to run with whatever …

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Danny Sullivan Moves On

Incisive Media and Danny Sullivan have failed to agree on terms of contract renewal, so Danny is leaving SEW and SES. It appears as though Incisive wouldn’t give Danny a cut? Are they stark-raving bonkers? Danny, besides being a great guy, surely has the best contacts and personal reputation in the search industry, and continues to define what the industry …

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What Should Ask do?

I’ve been asked to participate in an Ask project, organised by SEOMoz and Graywolf. They’ve asked a few people to come with answers to the following question: “Come up with 5 suggestions for improving ask.com“ Hmmm. I’m not sure I know. I could be flippant, and say: Give up Invent a time machine, then go back and buy start-up Google …

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