Google's April Fools Pranks 2014: Webmasters, AdSense, AdWords & More

Apr 1, 2014 • 8:06 am | comments (21) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Industry News

matt cutts shirt changingI really dislike April Fools, yea, I am not fun. But anyway, you've probably seen most of the April Fools pranks from Google by now but let me share some you may not have seen yet.

(1) Google Webmaster Blogs have a reward hiding, as they announced on Google+. "Something's up with our Webmaster Central blogs! Are you down to help us investigate? We've looked left and right—it's a pressing matter and the reward's all yours!"

And here are the winnings:

(2) Google AdWords new ad group for bird types spotted via Google+:

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(3) Google AdSense "Top planets and moons" report now available for AdSense publishers.

(4) New Google Algorithm launched today named "Cutts Cull," more details at WebmasterWorld.

(5) New Google+ Photos Auto Awesome Photobombs with #Hoffsome hashtag:

(6) Gmail Selfies backgrounds:

(7) Google Maps Pokemon Challenge:

(8) Google Translate support for Emoji in Chrome for Android and iOS.

(9) Google Gas USB powered:

(10) Bing launched link juice, discussion at WebmasterWorld.

(11) And I am sure you saw this site today, or maybe it is a bit hard to see?


(12) The video from Matt Cutts today has a shirt that is constantly changing colors. Here is the video:

(13) From Matt Cutts himself:

Happy April Fools Day!

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04/01/2014 12:21 pm

Barry, I love your blog but would have loved it so much more if you had posted an April fools prank like "Penguin 3.0 released".

Barry Schwartz

04/01/2014 12:22 pm

That would be evil.

Gaurav Srivastava

04/01/2014 12:24 pm


Bobby Gaglini

04/01/2014 12:52 pm

Don't be evil.

Alexander Hemedinger

04/01/2014 01:02 pm

I love it! I was wondering the bird thing this morning on PPC. HAHA!

Gus Penton

04/01/2014 01:50 pm

Birds are trending. Maybe google is beta testing and calling it a joke? Sadly, there's plenty of marketing departments that would allocate spend for birds if google suggested they do so.

Dan Frank

04/01/2014 04:03 pm

Another one from Google Analytics


04/01/2014 04:06 pm

I'm assuming the prank on the Webmasters Blog is the "botcoins" message. The wording of their G+ post hints at how to get to it.


04/01/2014 09:11 pm

I was wondering why my Disavow Tool work today...

Bill Weasy

04/01/2014 10:48 pm

I fell for this BS. Don't waste my time. What a stupid thing for a company to do. Bad enough you lured me to your site with a promise of free advertising money, and then pull this BS. I never was fool enough to think it was a real bird, but I thought you would have a clipart bird fly across the Google search screen with my ad on it. So I take 10 minutes to write an ad only to push the button and be told April Fool. Well the Fool is on you Google, because you can take your AdWord account and shove it! I can always use Bing, and Yahoo. an even Amazon! Jerks! Play with the people who use your search not with the people who's money you steal!

Barry Schwartz

04/01/2014 11:51 pm

Is this comment an April Fools joke?

Marisa M. Peoples

04/02/2014 12:24 am

Well, if you ask me... anything said by Matt Cutts cannot be a joke, nor an April Joke. :-) This man has no sense of humor to me.


04/02/2014 04:10 am

really great prank about adsense and that adwords ppc sparrow.

Sandeep Mishra

04/02/2014 04:39 am

This is very great prank about all the webmaster, adsense and adword.

Jitendra Vaswani

04/02/2014 05:05 am

Google is evil ......

Robert Štípek

04/02/2014 10:09 am

What about HYPNOTIC ADS? New ad format in AdWords? :)

Robert Štípek

04/02/2014 10:10 am

Choosable between ads for GDN.


04/02/2014 11:38 am

I hope so or I seriously fear for the intelligence of humanity :)


04/02/2014 11:39 am

Do it, you know you want to :)


04/02/2014 11:52 am

prank for matt cutts. his brain and soul become spam

Deb Dulal Dey

04/02/2014 11:56 am

get a life Bill

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