Google's John Mueller: ~2/3rds Of What He Says Is Taken Out Of Context

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:11 am 8 by
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As you know, John Mueller from Google gets quoted a lot, quoted a heck of a lot here. Jason Barnard published a podcast interview with John where John said that he estimates about two-thirds of what he says and what gets quotes of what he says is taken out of context.

He said this at the 22:05 mark, where Jason asked John "People try to cite you to try to get attention and drive clicks by saying something out of the ordinary or..."

John Mueller responded "It is hard to say like a number but Iโ€™d guess that about 2/3rds of the content out there is kind of taken out of context and presented in a way that doesnโ€™t really to those cases that they are talking about. And that is within the SEO space and I assume that is kind of similar within all other technical spaces or maybe even general with news."

This has tainted John's view of news in general and I guess that is a good thing?

But in general, when John gives advice on Twitter or on YouTube, sometimes that advice is specific to a specific site or example and should not always be taken as a general rule. Now, I do try to provide the full context when citing John here but I guess sometimes I get it wrong. Of course, John didn't call me out here, so maybe I am taking him out of context?

Forum discussion at Twitter.


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