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1:17:43 PM Barry Schwartz: Here we go...
Matt Cutts, Software Engineer , Google Inc.
Duane Forrester, Sr. Product Manager â€“ Webmaster Outreach, Microsoft
Rich Skrenta, CEO, Blekko
1:20:05 PM Barry Schwartz: Duane is the public face of Bing in the forums and blogs...
1:22:06 PM Barry Schwartz: Rich of Blekko founded DMOZ and now bans them
Ask The Search Engines
Youâ€™ve heard the lingo: PageRank sculpting, duplicate content penalties, canonical tags, sitemap structure, nofollowâ€¦ and most recently a lot about the potential impact of Google Instant. In this session, you can ask questions and get direct answers from engineers from Google, Microsoft and the other search engines about crawling, indexing, ranking and other organic search issues.
Danny Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, Search Engine Land
Q&A Moderator: Robin Aguilar, Principal SEO Analyst, AOL
Matt Cutts, Software Engineer , Google Inc.
Duane Forrester, Sr. Product Manager Webmaster Outreach, Microsoft
Rich Skrenta, CEO, Blekko
1:23:56 PM Barry Schwartz: Using segmentation programs on your web site, showing one version to another and another version to another -- is that cloaking?
1:24:08 PM Fabio Ricotta: The last SEOmoz Whiteboard Friday was an interview with Duane - it was awesome http://bit.ly/hv7mdn
1:24:08 PM Barry Schwartz: Bing said, be careful, it can be an issue.
1:24:34 PM Barry Schwartz: Matt said there are valid reasons. The test, do you have code specific for GoogleBot, then it is high risk.
Matt: If you treat Googlebot differently you might be detected as cloaking by Google.
1:26:30 PM Barry Schwartz: Links from syndication web sites help or hurt?
Matt: First click free might be one exception but the best rule is to ask if you're doing something special for search engines.
Danny: Does Google take cookies?
Danny: Do links from articles get treated as unique content?
1:27:17 PM Barry Schwartz: Bing: Look at the quality of the site your links come from. We are good at seeing patterns and they can see the same content and links duplicated 200 times.
Duane: It's your choice but not a wise investment of time...
Danny making a joke about Matt coping Duane's answer :)
Matt says syndicated article links don't count as much and we try to not count those links as much.
Rich: At Blekko, we detect duplicate content and we try to determine the first article and then ranking to determine the canonical.
1:30:24 PM Brian Ussery: Duane suggests not syndicating content to build links.
1:30:46 PM Brian Ussery: Duane says contact other experts....
Danny: How do you build links in a 100% white hat manner?
Danny points out that the New York Times quotes him without a link and links to spammers.
1:34:11 PM Barry Schwartz: Matt said, People think, I need to rank in search engines to get traffic and to do that I need links...
1:34:19 PM Brian Ussery: Matt says to get links be exceptional and people will link to you
1:34:32 PM Barry Schwartz: But you shouldn't think that way.. think what you can do different and fun to get people to really like your site...
1:34:36 PM Brian Ussery: Matt mentions woot as an example
1:34:49 PM Barry Schwartz: Ask yourself, how is my site different from the rest in the room and then think, how can you make it more different.
1:34:55 PM Brian Ussery: Matt says be different and the links will follow.
1:35:19 PM Brian Ussery: Duane agrees with Matt and says be passionate and you'll be successful...
1:35:19 PM Barry Schwartz: Duane, have a passion for what you do and that will come through...
1:35:55 PM Barry Schwartz: Duane from Bing said how many links you need to rank well?
1:36:07 PM Brian Ussery: Duane: how many links do you need on a page to rank well.
1:36:11 PM Barry Schwartz: Duane said you don't always need hundreds of links to indicate to a search engine
1:38:29 PM Barry Schwartz: Danny asked, can we get a PageRank this button so people can say they like this site... Hey you have block this site now...
Danny: Why no like button from Goggle?
Matt: Cool, I'll mention it to the team
1:39:12 PM Barry Schwartz: Matt's wife actually drew the happy and sad faces on the Google Toolbar
1:39:18 PM Brian Ussery: Matt: My wife drew the happy and frown buttons for the first Google Toolbar
1:39:18 PM Barry Schwartz: I did not know that
Danny: Do tweeted links rank higher than others?
Matt: I don't think so but starting this week social features may change that a bit for individuals.
Danny: How should new Q&A sites treat pages with questions but no answer?
Rich says site is low quality.
1:43:31 PM Brian Ussery: Rich: likes pr for launching a new site. Cool content is cheap
1:43:38 PM Barry Schwartz: Rich is ranting about SEOs, he said he was an SEO (well, he implied it) and now he is a search engine blocking spam
1:44:45 PM Fabio Ricotta: Another prove that tweets can boost rankings is searching for "excel guide" and finding the Distilled guide published yesterday
Rich: Create unique content and you'll get links...
Matt: Forums are organic and grow as such. If you run a really good forum that is good and content is valuable.
Duane: As Matt said, social media everyone acts like social media is a new thing but does anyone remember the old days?
1:47:34 PM Brian Ussery: Duane: If you want to write a q&a site become the leading expert on your subject.
Danny: What about exact match domains and anchor text?
Matt: We are looking into this
1:48:23 PM Barry Schwartz: What is Google stance on paid press release submission...
1:48:36 PM Barry Schwartz: Duane said, so buying links again?
1:48:45 PM Bryant: Matt using a thinkpad and not a CR48?
1:49:02 PM Barry Schwartz: @Bryant, pictures don't lie...
1:50:35 PM Barry Schwartz: Matt said the directly linked link on a press release they generally do not want to count.
Danny: What about links in paid press releases?
Duane: If it is part of a bigger promotion then sure maybe use a pr agency. Most press releases today nobody sees. Be thoughtful.
Matt: Directly paid link doesn't count but if editor writes article that is where you might accomplish the goal.
1:51:49 PM Barry Schwartz: Matt said don't hide text... Even using CSS to do so.
1:52:39 PM Barry Schwartz: Can links hurt you? How do you stay safe?
1:52:56 PM Barry Schwartz: Matt said they have a monthly meeting with the webmaster tools team... and this came up....
1:53:22 PM Barry Schwartz: Basically, people want a way to give Google a list of links they do not want to count.
Danny: What can we do when link farms link to us?
Matt: For the most part those links aren't counted.
1:53:37 PM Barry Schwartz: but this is low on Google's to do list...
1:53:49 PM Brian Ussery: Matt: We try to make it so others cant hurt you
1:55:38 PM Syed Hussaini: It seems that online-exclusive retailers have become disadvantaged with new placement (& design) of the local listings - it seems they're becoming more prominent by the day. Considering that even consumers are increasingly buy online, are there any possible adjustments pending - that could balance the local business / regular organic listings prominence?
How does blekko id spam?
Potential Blekko spam signals:
Aggressive participation in ad networks
Danny setting up Matt with with AdSense question :)
1:59:13 PM Barry Schwartz: How many spam clicks does it take to wipe someone out in Blekko?
1:59:24 PM Barry Schwartz: "I do not have that data" Rich said.
How many spam clicks doe it take to be marked as spam in blekko
Rich: don't have info
1:59:39 PM Barry Schwartz: Rich said we do not consume XML Sitemaps, we like links humans can see.
1:59:53 PM Brian Ussery: Blekko is only four months old
2:00:03 PM Barry Schwartz: Danny said, are you not a grown up search engine? ;-) Rich said we are 4 months old.
Why did crawl rate decline with Panda?
Matt: we may crawl less if you have poor quality content
2:13:09 PM Barry Schwartz: Sorry about that... They decided to update the RAM on all of our servers at the same time. It was suppose to be one server at a time with no down time... Sorry...
2:13:49 PM Barry Schwartz: Lighting Round...
2:14:15 PM Barry Schwartz: Why does Webmaster Tools show old data...
2:14:22 PM Brian Ussery: test
2:14:22 PM Barry Schwartz: It takes time to update
2:15:04 PM Barry Schwartz: Last Q:
2:15:18 PM Brian Ussery: Danny joking that Maile only knows Sitemap answers...
2:15:34 PM Barry Schwartz: Sites rip off my content and then outrank me... what can I do?
2:16:00 PM Brian Ussery: Matt: Low quality content and helping authors
2:16:15 PM Barry Schwartz: Google will be working hard on this, this coming year...
2:16:16 PM Brian Ussery: these will be themes this year.
2:16:33 PM Barry Schwartz: Google said it would be cool to say in Webmaster Tools to say this is my content.
Most of the time, scrapers link to you.... but it is something on Google's radar for 2011
2:17:30 PM Brian Ussery: Matt: I don't worry about scrapers on my site
2:18:54 PM Brian Ussery: Duane: Maybe you need to look at business model and see where I should be asking for value.
In ten minutes, next up...
* Ask The SEOs - Barry Schwartz
*Conversion Optimization Science - Keri Morgret
Matt has three potential features for poll:
Want to be able to say this links dont count
What about 404s
Duane says I'd like to know more from you.
Rich says he likes 404 outbound and is going to try to implement before google
2:22:19 PM Brian Ussery: Bing index tracker