Submit Your Questions For Google's JohnMu At SMX Israel 2013

Dec 31, 2012 • 8:55 am | comments (13) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Marketing Expo 2013 Israel

Google's John MuellerThis year at SMX Israel, John Mueller will be representing Google by answering questions in two sessions.

John is one of my favorite Googlers, so when he asked to come to SMX Israel I was incredibly excited. I was however sad that he had to cancel his trip and not be in person at the event. He will however be live over Google+ Hangout during his two sessions. I am praying the internet and everything works smoothly.

That being said, I wanted to let anyone ask John questions for him to answer live at the event. I will use this list as a starter list and then field questions from the audience.

The Q&A with John Mueller session is an hour long, which is 15 minutes longer than the other sessions. Please add comment below with what you want me to ask him during the open Q&A panel. We will allow questions from the audience, but I want a bunch of seed questions prior to the session. Please tell your friends to submit questions here or in the Google+ thread over here.

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01/01/2013 12:55 am

What percentage of websites were hit by Panda/Penguin/EMD? How to tell if a site was hit by Panda vs. EMD/PMD? How to recover from a EMD/PMD penalty? Sites that were hit by the initial Penguin but never received notice of unnatural links from Google. Why didn't they receive notice? How to recover since it was not a manual penalty? Are you proud to be an employee of the 2011/12 Google? How do you justify the collateral damage? i.e. legit, established websites destroyed by machine driven algorithms. How bad was the collateral damage? How much of a concern was collateral damage to the folks responsible for Search Quality and releasing the algorithms?

tyrone thug nasty

01/01/2013 03:42 am

Why does Obama dislike Israel so much? he has never visited there since he has been in office.


01/01/2013 05:36 am

What does he think about the future of SEO? As there are lots of people around the world who is thinking of making a career in SEO?


01/01/2013 07:21 am

does google wish to kill the SEO industry


01/01/2013 11:03 pm

Bad Links Question for John Mueller. Q. Website has suspected Penguin penalty for bad links - webmaster chases down source of links and has links deleted at source - these links still show up in Google WMT many weeks after deletion - in a Penguin refresh will Penguin see that the offending links have been indeed been deleted at the source or will it see / use same data as WMT is reporting? Even though it is not a manual bad links penalty should webmaster still submit disavow links request in such cases? Second Question also link related. Q. Do outbound links from a domain remain with that domain (a) when that domain is sold or (b) when that domain expires. My Google WMT is showing inbound links to some of my sites from sites that either I have sold or that I have let expire many, many moths ago. One domain was a website whilst the others were 'content' sites with WhyPark (now Domain Apps). What is the situation in this respect with Googles 'Archive' of a site - are old archived links still seen (and reported) by Googlebot? Many thanks, shags38


01/02/2013 09:04 am

Why does Google *penalise* sites for bad inbound links, instead of just *ignoring* them? There are many problems with penalisation: 1. You can't blame webmasters for having done this, as bad links used to have a positive effect on rankings. So of course some people went after bad links. 2. They might have used a dodgy SEO company and were misadvised. 3. It is very difficult to get links removed. 4. Competitors may be responsible for the bad links. For me, Google's approach to bad links is mistifying.

Orit Sidi Mutznik

01/02/2013 02:00 pm

This is great Barry, thank you :) Unfortunately I won't be able to attend, but I'd really want to know What's the motive behind starting a local listing "experiments" and calling them off after a few weeks? For example, let's say games. If in the past it was obvious that when you were googling games it was obvious you were looking for sites to play online, and one day some local arcades pop up in the results, and a few weeks later the local results disappear. I'd be happy to know more about this phenomenon


01/02/2013 05:27 pm

Those that try and game their system ... YES.

The Internets

01/02/2013 06:02 pm

"Unfortunately I won't be able to attend" who cares, really?


01/02/2013 08:22 pm

Another question to table to John Mueller please Barry. It fits in with one other question I submitted. Q. Matt Cutts has suggested that if efforts to overcome a Penguin penalty have been exhausted and failed to resolve the situation, i.e. having tried hard to get offending links deleted, then it may be necessary to 'start again', i.e. relaunch the site under another domain. In doing that does redirecting the penalized site to the new one pass on the Penguin penalty to the new site? (301 Permanent Redirection usually passes on PR and Link Juice). If it does pass on the Penguin penalty then it stands to reason not to 301 redirect the offending site however in reproducing the content of the offending site into a new site doesn't it then lend itself to a duplication penalty? Particularly if the offending site is an eCommerce site still producing sales and has PR then to just delete that site would be commercial suicide. So what exactly did Matt Cutts mean and what strategy should be adopted particularly in an eCommerce situation. cheers, Mike p.s. if you can squeeze another one in and I am not see to be hogging the stage then an answer to this would be good. Q. Some backlink checkers like will produce a warning for a page with in excess of 100 links on a page on the basis that this 'alert' is part of Googles algo to uncover possible link farm pages. Does this number include Internal Links and does Google differentiate between internal and external links when assessing a page. Many eCommerce sites will have many products on a page plus categories plus specials, new products etc often generating over 100 links.

mea mark

01/04/2013 05:49 am

i cannot access my google account - i do not communicate except by email - what is a google email address to contact support with this issue ??? thanks, entering the email address does no good because google will not let me asccess the account; so, i have no way tocommunicate with anyone unless it is through a web site email address and even then i can not access an email answer. this is a really stupid google function... how do i deal with it ?

Jaimie Sirovich

01/04/2013 08:51 pm

It's fairly clear why. They can't identify _all_ bad links, and in terms of game theory there would have to be a downside to the potential upside. Why? As number-o-links -> infinity, some of them are bound to work. So you'd hire thousands of mechanical turkers to spam away, eventually making inroads. Google can't let you do that, so they penalize, too. Agree it's imperfect, but this imperfection is easier to deal with than just letting the shotgun approach above work.


01/06/2013 12:46 pm

Barry. The one thing many bloggers want to know is the effect of ads in the content. How does Google factor these when calculating rankings?; specifically, if it is the ratio of ads to content above the fold (yes or no), and is it the ratio of screen real estate or something else. Do ads in the header and sidebar enter this calculation as well? Many fellow bloggers like myself, flummoxed by why they have been hit, are coming to the conclusion that its the ads in the content, rightly or wrongly, and it would help to know if we are onto something or completely off the mark. (And since this affects our financial livelihood and cannot be easily tested, we find ourselves at an impasse).

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