Overheard In Starbucks: Google Penguin & Panda Updates Prevent Tricks

May 31, 2012 • 8:59 am | comments (14) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Starbucks Google TipsThe head of the Google search team, the man who is in charge of every search you do at Google, the man responsible for the Penguin and Panda updates, Amit Singhal overheard a conversation while having coffee at Starbucks about those updates.

The conversation was between a webmaster or SEO and someone else where the webmaster said, he no longer is able to trick Google to rank his sites high in Google since after the Penguin and Panda update.

Amit tweeted this a few hours ago:

So while people blame me for this, in fact - I just spent 8 minutes on the phone with someone cursing at me and on the verge of crying to me about Google's updates - Amit goes off free. Fine, I'll take all the blame. :)

How funny is that tweet?

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John Britsios

05/31/2012 01:08 pm

I can only assume that their tricks were simply poor...

Richard McKechnie

05/31/2012 01:09 pm

This is classic! I'm from South Africa, so no chance I'll ever get a coffee in the same shop as a Google big wig. Sounds like these webmaster / SEO chaps do need to get on top of their game though! How did they not recognize Amit Singhal ;P


05/31/2012 01:53 pm

Obviously Amit hasn't searched for a payday loan recently.


05/31/2012 01:56 pm

hehe ... SEO is the past ! Good work Amit !


05/31/2012 04:29 pm

Everyone knows it's all your fault Berry. Nothing new here.

karl hendrie

05/31/2012 04:43 pm

or did they recognise you @theamitsinghal ? eh?eh? smells like a jedi mind trick to me :)


05/31/2012 06:52 pm

That might not have even happened. It might just be a PR attempt to steer the conversation to Google's stated goal that Penguin is all about eliminating webspam and that it's "working." That's better than people talking about the bad serps that Penguin createf


05/31/2012 08:34 pm

What i don't like in this story is the fact that Penguin is obviously the exact opposite of Panda, so how did this webmaster manage to do both in one shot? Interesting.


06/01/2012 12:04 am

Obviously Amit hasn't seen the website about MOLD ranking top 10 for bad credit personal loans. ROFL! Amit, shouldn't flatter himself, and I highly doubt that conversation took place. Good try Amit.


06/01/2012 12:09 am

Amit obviously hasn't seen the website about MOLD ranking top 10 for 'bad credit personal loans'. ROFL. He shouldn't flatter himself. I highly doubt that conversation actually took place. Good try, Amit!


06/01/2012 05:41 am

that happens always with "Self-esteemed" developers ... they heard voices... in there head :P


06/01/2012 07:27 am

Can't believe he's at Starbucks. Ethics are slipping, obviously. Don't be evil, indeed!

Aniruddha Badola

06/01/2012 07:48 am

Why do i feel that this is B.S. I don't hear any SEO say "our tricks"

Webstats Art

06/03/2012 02:19 pm

I heard someone in McDonalds telling me that Matt Cutt's blog is becoming less popular and that it has lost page rank. I wonder what advice we can give Matt?

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