Matt Cutts: Linkbuilding is not dead – You&A 2014 #SMX

Matt Cutts: Linkbuilding is not dead – You&A 2014 #SMX

20th June 2014

Every year at SMX Advanced Matt Cutts, head of webspam at Google and probably the most ‘famous’ person in SEO, sits down for a talk with Searchengineland’s Danny Sullivan about everything that is going on in webspam. This usually is a moment in which Matt makes some announcements and opens up a little about some topics. Last year for example Matt talked about Example URLs, the NSA, mobile and Panda.

This time around Matt Cutts directly attacked people with Hummingbirds. Which seems strange and it was. But if you look at the video below around minute thirteen you will understand…



You can watch the entire talk between Danny and Matt below, and Rae Hoffman did a great write up about the talk here and Matt McGee live blogged it here, but first some highlights.

Some announcements Matt made:

  • The Payday Loan update (Payday Loan 2.0) was a 2 part update. One part was launched in May, the second one was coming very soon. On June 12 Matt tweeted that it was actually going on.
  • Google has added the option for a reviewer to add a note on every reconsideration request.
  • GWT added a “fetch and render as Googlebot” feature.
  • Google made improvements in GWT as far as site move documentation

Some quotes from Matt:

[Tweet “There is still milage in link building – @mattcutts at #smx”]

[Tweet “Bing is a perfectly fine search engine  – @mattcutts at #smx”]

Cutts didn’t ‘know’ if there had been another Penguin Update and an engineer came up to him to say it was “probably time for a Penguin refresh”.

Google+ is not dead, data is not used in rankings, but searching while logged in definitely will make you see effect.

[Tweet ““If Danny Sullivan posts on a random forum I would be interested in that”  – @mattcutts on authorrank at #smx”]

[Tweet ““I’m a big fan of the idea behind author rank”  – @mattcutts at #smx”]
Listen to and watch the entire talk:


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Bas van den Beld is an award winning Digital Marketing consultant, trainer and speaker. He is the founder of State of Digital and helps companies develop solid marketing strategies.
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