Disclaimer

I’m one of several Googlers who answer questions online and sometimes for the press. I usually handle questions about webmasters or SEO, so in those areas I’m more likely to make sense and less likely to say something stupid. If I post something here that you find helpful as you build or manage your web presence, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

Q: Heh. Did you get a talking to?
A: No, I haven’t. Hopefully I never will.

Q: Why are you doing this now?
A: Just in case. If I say something stupid in the future, it’s better to be able to point out that the stupidity is mine, and mine alone. My stupidity! You can’t have it! :)

106 Responses to Disclaimer (Leave a comment)

  1. always a good idea. If I had a nickel for every stupid thing I’ve ever said on the internet, I could quit work.

  2. Harith

    Hi Matt

    Q: Which X-Mas gift(s) have you bought your 2 year old cat?

    A: ?

  3. Matt,
    I get that your blog posts are your opinion, but would a forum post by GoogleGuy then be his/her/their/its personal view, or can we take that as an official statement from the corporation?

  4. lol, I heard a statistic that says the average american spends $27 on their pets for Xmas.

    That’s alot.

    Bob, first rule of the internet: If the domain isn’t company.com it probably isn’t a company.com sponsored / endorsed / official anything.

    (2nd rule of the internet: Godwins law)

  5. Matt,

    I think most people on here are sensible enough to realise that your opinions are personal, and as such have to take them that way.

    However, on occasion you ask for feedback on backlinks, spam etc., and it would be fair to assume that you are asking for this because you want to use it to better the Google SERP’s.

    Therefore, although you represent yourself, you also represent the company, by way of providing a method of passing on information, and acting upon that information, where required. Us webmasters greatly appreciate that opportunity, as we feel that we have a personal point of contact.

  6. Stephen

    Pretty sure that it has been stated previously that Googleguys opinion is Googleguys opinion rather than an official statement.

    Googleguy and MC have a lot in common ;)

  7. What’s next, are you going to sell textlinks now ;-)

  8. I don’t know about the rest of the webmasters out there, but for me your blog is a great insight into the workings of Google (even if only a glimpse). I’m glad that you take YOUR time to write in YOUR personal blog for the betterment of the web.
    I still like the disclaimer taken from another blogger:

    Everything written in the main body of the blog is my own opinion. My opinion may be based on incorrect information and I may be competely and utterly clueless and wrong. If you disagree with any of my posts or opinions, please feel free to leave a comment. Intelligent discourse is always welcome.

  9. don’t worry matt, blogs are made to share their opinions, views etc…not a real thing. I consider you as a SEO expert not a Google employee. So don’t worry. I will blame you not Google :D jk

  10. Hopefully, Matt, you will never get a talking to! I wouldn’t like if Google had a talk with you and you were too scared to post anything on your blog anymore! That would make my life impossible to bear without your awesome discussions of SEO!

  11. Does this disclaimer apply retroactively to the stupid things you said before posting it? :) Just jokes. A disclaimer is always a good idea. No matter how good your intentions are, you always need to CYA.

  12. Aaron Pratt

    Don’t worry Matt, I say stupid stuff all day long and have never been able to keep a job. I guess you could say that I am too honest. If something sucks, it sucks, if someone is being an arse, they are being an arse. If a boss has the IQ of a flea, the boss has the IQ of a flea. PERIOD!!!

    Business is not setup like this so we get stuck between honesty and public relations. Some are great at it, we call them politicians. You are not a politician Matt, we like you, you are also not stupid, an arse and you do not suck. :)

  13. Matt,

    On a lighter note, I’d like to send you a couple of jpeg’s that would fit your blog. Any way I can do that on here?

  14. Harith

    Paul

    >>On a lighter note, I’d like to send you a couple of jpeg’s that would fit your blog. Any way I can do that on here?

  15. Harith

    Paul

    “On a lighter note, I’d like to send you a couple of jpeg’s that would fit your blog. Any way I can do that on here?”

    YES..YES.. lets have them.

    Disclaimer
    This is Matt’s personal blog. The images on these pages are Matt’s alone and not those of his employer. :-)

  16. So basically what your saying is:

    Come to my site where I am the lead google engineer and the most prolific inside voice as to what is going on with google.

    However this site has nothing to do with google.

    I think I get it ;)

  17. Matt – I’m a frequent reader of your excellent blog but I think that if you do NOT get a talking to some time in the future for some post in the future you probably have NOT done your best as a blogger.

    I also would guess you have nothing to worry about in terms of job security!

  18. Good thing I don’t have to deal with those politically correct human speed bumps anymore as life is too short for being saddled with middle management blessed with room temperature IQs.

    I’m sure if I still worked in the corporate world and they figured out which blog was mine they would probably rip me a new hole for a colostomy bag.

  19. Room temperature? That’s giving them way too much credit, dude.

    I’d like to note that I have filed a US patent application on the phrase “Matt Cutts’ Stupidity”, which I believe entitles me to own him and all of his subsidiary rights.

  20. Hey Matt,

    If you ever DO get a talking-to, just lay on them this famous Einstein quote:

    “Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds.”

    MC

  21. Harith

    Hi all

    The question is; what made Matt to post such Disclaimer?

    Matt has become a part of the webmaster community, and most of us don’t see him as “one of them” but rather “one of us”.

    Furthermore, I can’t recall reading on webmasters forums and blogs that anybody has accused Matt of being stupid. Many things has been written about Matt both good and less good, but not; Matt is stupid or Matt comments are stupid.

    Soooooo

    I guess Matt isn’t writing the current post for us. Matt is replying to somebody else which we really don’t know who that person is. Maybe somebody at the plex or outside the plex.

  22. Hi Matt, I am a recent reader of your blog. I was surprised to see that you chose the same template as I did. Which told me that on top of being a guy with knowledge, you also had taste ;-)

    I was wondering if your disclaimer had anything to do with your colleague at the legal department? Then again, could you tell us if it was the case? As Matt? Are there any legal boundaries that you must conform to, or is it just being overly protective of your excellent employer?

  23. Jon Wright

    Google know what Matt’s doing make no mistake about that.

  24. John, I am convinced they know. The question is what are the legal boundaries matt is bound to. Then again it is strongly suggested for businesses to set such boundaries for employees who talk about their job on blogs. I suppose Google is aware of that and that they KNOW what Matt is doing. If they were not, I would be quite astounded!

  25. Grzegorz

    Hi Matt!

    It looks like you are working in PR. If this blog is really made for your satisfaction – that’s great. Most of webmasters are happy that they can benefit from your “wisdom” ;) But it’s also a part of Google’s PR, isn’t it?

    Can you tell me where is the place, that we could ask you a SEO questions, that are not always connected to your post? For exaple I would like to ask you about my e-shop affilate program and so on. Will there be a place for questions like that?

  26. Harith

    Jon

    “Google know what Matt’s doing make no mistake about that.”

    Sure. But it could be a person in Google to whom Matt was replying to.

    I mean it doesn’t sound like Matt, after several months of staring his blog, he just wake up this morning, look at his cat and tell her; I’m gonna post a disclaimer today:

    “The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.”

  27. What a Maroon

    >The question is; what made Matt to post such Disclaimer?

    perhaps because google know links to matt’s blog.

    http://www.google.com/newsletter/librarian/librarian_2005_12/article1.html

  28. What a Maroon

    >most of us don’t see him as “one of them” but rather “one of us”.

    “Warning: the Surgeon General has determined that sticking your nose so far up a Googler’s ass may be hazardous to your health.”

    WG said it best, Matt is a nice guy, well respected, and deservedly so, but he is still the gatekeeper. He isnt one of “us” (whoever that is) for the simple reason that he knows the answers that “we” can only speculate about.

  29. jim

    maybe a bit of a side question…but who owns your blog…you or google…I see the address listed in the whois is Google’s address, but it’s in your name….I just wonder….if you left Google, do you get to take your blog with you?….with all those backlinks you might be able to rank for viagra later on down the road..hehe

  30. Anh

    All these are because of the “we” and the announment in this sentence.
    “We’re getting closer to calling for feedback on 64.233.179.104, but I probably won’t ask for reactions for another week or two.”

  31. Anh

    I missed a question mark in the above post. Sorry

  32. Happy Holidays My Web crew!

    A picture of The Robot Gang wishing you good cheer:

    http://static.flickr.com/40/76454151_27d77813c0_o.jpg

  33. Harith

    Good morning Matt

    I wish you, yours and your cat a Merry Christmas.

    “We wish you a Merry Christmas,
    We wish you a Merry Christmas,
    We wish you a Merry Christmas,
    And a Happy New Year.” :-)

  34. Grzegorz

    Hey!

    Mayby it’s not Matt whos answering but Google’s new algorithms ;)
    Merry Xmas Matt!

  35. Sorry Matt, I just thought this is funny:

    domain: MATTCUTTS.COM
    owner-name: Matt Cutts
    owner-address: 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy

    You live at the Googleplex now? :)

  36. hey matt, am one of your thousand fans.. Just wanna greet u a merry Christmas ;) Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

    God bless!
    GLenn from Philippines

  37. Merry christmas, Matt and All you guys.

  38. Peter, with free doctor, dentist, cafeteria, weight room, pets allowed, an onsite massage parlor, basketball, volleyball, roller hockey etc…

    Why would he have to leave? He could even sleep in his bean bag chair if he wanted.

  39. BTW, a disclaimer is probably a good thing.

    I mean, if Matt were to come out and say “Switch all your text links to javascript dropdowns and you’ll rank higher”.. How many people do you think would do it?

    I’d be willing to bet we’d have a TON of sites with new fancy javascript menus after that..

    He’s got a HUGE potential to abuse power here :) Thankfully he’s been nice and gives out good information. I can’t wait for april fools though. Don’t dissapoint me Matt.

  40. Peter – Dutch Stalker! ;)

    The Jeremy Z podcast on WR was very good (53.5mb doh!), we will need to enecourage Matt or someone else at Google to do a show? One strange thing is that Matt and Jeremy have almost the exact same voice.

    Merry Xmas everybody…there is a really fun new year on it’s way! :)

  41. Harith

    Aaron

    Merry Xmas to you too.

    “One strange thing is that Matt and Jeremy have almost the exact same voice.”

    Maybe what you heard was Matt “Inigo” disguised as “Flying” Jeremy :-)

  42. Thanks for the ‘it’s not my fault’ note. Please don’t let the concern that prompted this entry cause your normal personal insights to be filtered by legal concerns. Your blog is invaluable to true webmasters and has improved the web, and just possibly google.com (, and taught me plenty).

  43. Matt

    Harith, I’m leaning toward a stocking full of laser pointers for my cat (and I carefully avoid shining them in her eyes). :)

    Peter (Brane), I promise that I’ve had no run-ins with Google or the legal department. Shoemoney, I wanted to be able to do the rare post on what I think of politics or whatever without people thinking I’m speaking for Google. Having a disclaimer post will let me reference that when I want to go out on a limb about something that I feel strongly about, but which is unrelated to Google.

    I call it planting the seed, because if I say something stupid in the future, I’ll be able to point to the disclaimer post. :)

    Ryan, a few years ago we did have an intern who tried to live at the Googleplex during the last few weeks of his internship. HR had to send out an email: “No living at the Googleplex.” :)

  44. Hi Matt, this is good disclaimer. So can we ask questions specific to our websites? And you can answer those as your personal view!!!

  45. Smoke2Much

    Matt,
    My understanding is that this blog is just part of your job, that Google not only knows, but that they support you in every way. You are obviously becoming an important spokesman for Google. To say that this blog is somehow seperate from your career shows me that Google doesn’t want to take credit for finally finding a way to help webmasters at a grass roots level. Or that they’re scared that information made available to us will somehow damage them, and they want to free themselves of the responsibility. Whatever the reason, this blog is obviosuly just an extension of Google, no matter how personal you try to make it.

  46. Matt is an extension of the webmaster guidelines so shutup and listen! :-o

  47. Ben

    > call it planting the seed, because if I say something stupid in the future, I’ll be able to point to the disclaimer post.

    He’s going to sell text links after the next PR update ;)

  48. Matt

    I’m not going to sell text links, Ben. :)

  49. xenith

    Double disclaimer. Nice PR spin indeed.

  50. Graphite

    Dispensing business advice without a license. I don’t know. If this advice causes damage and you identify yourself as a distinctly traceable Google employee what then. What level of experience does Mr. Cutts have in running businesses and creating web sites on the Internet other than his achieved insider knowledge at Google? Is this insider knowledge subject to abuse?

    To me its understood the enjoyment of free speech doesn’t divorce oneself of the repercussions. Ignorance is a thin argument. Should we excuse doctors or those posing as doctors from the liabilities of what they print on the Internet.

    No I don’t think Mr. Cutts employers are aware of what he is doing in entirety based upon his own comments. The exception would be a lack of truth. Again it comes down to the maturity level in leadership at Google.

  51. What the hell?

    Are you saying you’d sue Matt if he dispensed advice that caused damage in some form or fashion?

    First of all, it’s free advice.

    Second, it’s advice.

    You’re not obligated to do anything just because Matt said so.

  52. I just want to thank you Matt for a great job your doing here!

    Happy Christmas and a great New Year to you and your cat.

    Kim

  53. Hi Matt,
    I just got to your Blog because of that nice article about how Google spiders and indexes a site. I am not sure if this is the right place to write my comment:

    We manage the largest Country Portal of Costa Rica and many times do not understand certain rankings or movements in rankings by Google. Our site offers with no doubt the most complete information on Costa Rica including hundreds of hotels with picture galleries and translations in three languages (Hotels and Tours are our Life-Line). If you search “Costa Rica Hotel Information” we usually are in the #1 spot. (Sometimes a much smaller site that was stolen from us over 2 years ago by an ex-webmaster: (www.1costaricalink.com, criminal court-case in the final stages) ranks just as well. But if you search for “Costa Rica Hotels” we appear anywhere between rank 7 and 43 depending on the Google updates (Jagger dropped us from 7 to 43). Since our site is growing daily with Costa Rica related and other content (Hotles in Panama, world shopping, Yellow Pages with AdSense, etc.), the percentage of Costa Rica hotel-related information on the site gets smaller, despite adding new information there almost every day too. Could that be the reason of the loss of ranking? I ask, because all of the sites ranked before us offer far less or almost no information on Costa Rica Hotels?

  54. Ian

    I think you need more than just a single post that will be buried in amongst the rest of your posts, you really need a link on the front page of the blog somewhere to this post.

  55. Good to know that you are free to speak. I have many advanced questions on googles search algorithms. :)

    Cool blog! as for those questions… Ill wait untill you post something related then bug the hell out ya!

  56. In regards to the Costa Rica Hotels ranking the first thing I see that is obvious is that the sites that are ranking higher have the keywords in the domain name.

  57. I saw their comments and its on 2006 maybe now i will greet you merry christmas on 2006.. keep up matt, your blog is very useful to us.

  58. Thanks Matt and Happy Christmas!

  59. I for one am very glad we’ve got the latest Google news from someone who knows. It’s amazing how rumours from those who don’t know spread like wild fire!

  60. Well.. who ever you are, what ever you do… we still love reading your blog.

    We won’t tell on you if you do a boo boo :)

    Best,

  61. In response to Graphite’s post:

    > Dispensing business advice without a license. I don’t know.

    This is exactly what happens every day on thousands of communities across the Web: Webmasters sharing information, ideas and opinions. Should we hold every Joe Blogger accountable when we stake our business decisions on their opinion? Matt is singled out as a Google employee; hence the disclaimer stating this is a personal blog. I see no claim that he is here to provide business advice.

    Relying on information from a self-proclaimed “personal blog”, no matter how reputable, is a risk. Any professional worth their salt will consider this.

    > To me its understood the enjoyment of free speech doesn’t divorce
    > oneself of the repercussions.

    Why should the repercussions include accountability for the actions of independent parties utilizing Matt’s opinion of their own free will, and without his knowledge or permission? If that’s the case, when they’re done suing him for their mistakes, can he sue the thousands of Webmasters out there for a chunk of the profits they have earned using the ideas on this site successfully?

    > Should we excuse doctors or those posing as doctors from
    > the liabilities of what they print on the Internet.

    I have no formal legal education, but Matt doesn’t have a fiduciary duty to his readers like a doctor and patient or merchant and customer. Doctors and other professionals are held to higher standards in law, but this blog provides the personal account of one individual and a company. I can’t fathom an implied duty of care to the audience of a personal blog from a guy blogging about his job when he has made his position clear and is not charging for his opinions and advice.

    There is no evidence of fraud, slander, etc., and in my opinion Matt has fulfilled any professional responsibility to his audience by posting this disclaimer.

    I want to see more professionals blogging about industry details, not less. I’m sure Google is well aware of this site and we’ll just leave it up to Matt to provide an honest account of things while still protecting Google IP and internal affairs.

  62. There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether or not you’re leaving Google, when, why, how much you should be paid on your next gig etc.

    It’s all good. Whatever happens, know that we all appreciate your down-to-earth call-it-as-I-see-it way of communicating and serving the SEO community.

    Keep bloggin

  63. Great blog btw.

    It’s helping a lot of people.

    I like the fact that the Google employees are doing things like this to help the public, unlike Microsoft or Yahoo.

  64. Matt,

    First off, let me thank you for such a good blog. I think that this site, its content and structure is as much of an example of what a good site should be as the overall webmaster guidelines. Well Done. As a non tech person that knows that I have to have a strong presence on the web I get caught feeling like a puppy chasing it’s tail, not knowing why. Your blog has stopped me from circles many times over the past 3 months.

  65. Lol, If I had a dollar for every stupid thing I’ve said online I would have been a bilioner by now. Thanks for providing some inside look on things. It helps many of us better understand.

  66. Matt,

    Thank you for having a way a non-SEO person can play by Google’s rules & put in a way I can understand.

    Thanks again Pard,

    Steve Thornton

  67. Hello Matt,

    I love this blog! Thanks for your input on so many useful things!

    Where could we contact you other than through porting to ask or suggest a topic for your blog?? I have a question on some google results (its general, not about my site in particular), that I think many Matt Blog readers would find interesting and useful. Please let me know what the right venue for those types questions/suggestions is.

    All the best,

    Agustin

  68. Hi Matt, Great blog! Thanks for all your hard efforts fighting spam! I currently get 1600+ spam emails a day in my junk mail :( The ammount of enlargment pills i am offerd is crazy, i dont accually think its a bad size to be honest but with the ammount im offerd it could streatch right though Texas.

    Again Great blog, really intresting! Hope your well

    Take care

  69. This is probably the most reputed Disclaimer page on internet with PR 6 :)

  70. Matt, how would somebody go about getting in touch with you in order for personal reasons. Nothing to do with web-spam or help or anything.

  71. Hi
    Being a learner I read many things from many source, and get easily confused. Sometimes it seems to me really hard to find out the fact. Even though you comment in the blog is just your personal, It helps to find a way to learn about good webmastering. Thanka lot for your blog.

  72. This is the first time i am reading your disclaimer. I read your many posts before but i always landed directly to the blog.

    your blogs always keeps the vistors updated!

  73. did you get a talking to after linking to darkseo? have you used this disclaimer?

  74. Matt I am named after Eldridge Cutts 1866-1957 I was born 1960 Bud

  75. I am also an Engineer.

  76. Hey there,
    I think I read quiet many of your posts but never read your disclaimer. Now I finally understand why nothing is working as I want it to be ;)
    Just kidding of course.
    Your Blog is a great help and in the same time entertaining.
    Say hello to your cats from my four who like the same as yours. Sleep while I am in the net :)
    Btw:
    Q: Spam protection: what is the sum of 8 + 9 ?
    A and next Q: I want to leave a comment (no Spam) but I cannot calculate. What should I do?
    Cheers from Budapest and keep on going
    Matthias

  77. Hi Matt,

    I want to know how did you join google at that time? Also I like the disclaimer! :)

  78. Matt, have you ever had your hands actualy slapped by the big G?

  79. I am pretty sure that almost all the people are smart enough to understand your opinions are your own.

  80. Personally, I think it always wide to including a “disclaimer” in your website, just in case. It can get silly sometimes…..

    Si

  81. Matt, I saw an interesting “change” in Page Rank last Friday evening (EST). Any idea what happened? For a short time frame, I saw new sites with PR and some older sites with changes (some for better and some for worse), then it all went back to what it previously was.

    Thanks in advance.

  82. Webmasters say that Google is using you and few others to spy on webmasters :d
    On the other hand -you put a disclaimer. great job. this strategy reminded me on something that you don’t like –so let it be with me. :D
    But your BLOG is also very helpful to us-webmasters as -most of the times we get an insight into Google’s future steps/policies that helps us prepare to adapt with changes.
    I am quite enjoying the interactions here –though I don’t like policies :d

  83. Actally it is sad that anyone has to publish disclaimers for almost anything one put on his website. The mentality of some to complain or sue about almost everything is sick.

  84. Matt- Would you be able to tell me why I am all of a sudden dropping? I was a few weeks back 11th position for “web design new york” and for some reason I keep dropping. I am now 28th? My site contains content, inbound links, etc.. I cannot explain it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  85. I can not recommend enough the importance of a disclaimer. I run a small web design company and a legal website and the number one advice I can ever give a client is to establish a disclaimer. Matt hits it on the nail, I hope that other webmasters/bloggers will follow suit!

  86. I probably have more spelling errors (with out using Microsoft words) than your stupidities.

  87. I am pretty sure that almost all the people are smart enough to understand your opinions are your own.

  88. Natán

    Whoa! I’m glad I found this blog, I’ve been reading some of it and, what can I say…? Thanks for sharing! (?)

    I’ll be reading you ;-)

    Natán, from Argentina.

  89. think you need more than just a single post that will be buried in amongst the rest of your posts, you really need a link on the front page of the blog somewhere to this post.

  90. You dont have to post this comment, just wanted to get this info to you.

    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=66736&hl=en

    Contains bad grammer/duplicate sentance.

    Talking about this sentance.

    “If you see a site that is buying or selling links, If you see a site that is buying or selling links, let us know.We’ll use your information to improve our algorithmic detection of paid links.”

    Its annoying me so if you can get the right people to fix it Id appreciate it. :)

    Aaron

  91. As this is your personal blog, why are there so so many people posting comments relating to questions that they are directing at Google the company. Having said that, i’m finding some of the comments on your blog almost as educational as the blog posts from yourself!

  92. I’m just about to throw up my own disclaimer now, it’s one of those touchy things that just might save your job if you ever get into an unfortunate position.

    As for the guy above me, ofcourse people are directing questions about google to Matt, he works for them in an important position & his blog is about them!

  93. I’m curious to know Google’s involvement in this blog. I work for a company that is trying to get a “internet voice” out on the web but is tied down by the legal department.

    We want to take care of the reputation online, an internet pr type of deal where we ca react to bad/good comments experiences with the company.

    I guess my question is, besides your disclaimer, does Google limit/oversee what you do here?

    Feel free to take this to email if you would just like to respond to me personally.

    Thanks Matt.

  94. Hey matt :)
    You are probably going to see this message before it appears on the comment list (unless you’ve put me on your blacklist, which would be really bad :( ).
    I’m gonna do a vacation in the USA from 31th of July to 21st of august and i’d like to thank you personally for all the good time you’ve dedicated to us webmaster :)
    I’ve a special alcholic treat to give you from Italy… providing we can meet at google :D (is it possible to visit Google near S. Francisco, in first life i mean ? ).

    If you wanna see who i am (beside the secret archives about me on google) your best bet would be linkedin:
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/andreascarpetta

    (i’m not a psycho killer, i would write it in my resumè).

    Of course the alchoolic treat is a bribe. That’s how things works :D
    I’d like to document our meeting with a small video which i will put on my holiday blog (see URL).

    Cheers, bye!

  95. thank you so much for your blog. I’m learning a lot of great information, and hopefully i get better serps!

  96. Disclaimers are good. You can always play both sides.

  97. I like your spam protection. (i.e. what is 7 + 9). You kill 2 birds with 1 stone. You eliminate both spammers, and just really dumb people ;-)

  98. Hi Matt. :)

    Thank you for being there.. haven’t seen a Google person so far and it’s nice to know that you can solve some bizarre querries..

    Loved your cat! Crazy one i must say but loved her ;-)

  99. Smart guy, protect your self before the storm comes…

  100. had

    for the first time i read the whole disclaimer :)
    and i think that your stupidity is great :)

  101. Bonjour from France,

    Can you post about the difference between the search with Google DNS.
    .com, .de, .fr and other don’t show the same results for the same search.
    Can you explain us more about it !
    Thanks

  102. Matt,

    Whole heartedly agree with you about your thoughts are yours. :) Although I wish sometimes, that your thoughts were mine. Wow, the power to have your thoughts. I think my brain might overflow. LOL. I like what you do for Google, Webmasters and this industry.
    I would go to bat for you anytime.

  103. Matt,

    You are pretty wise to use a disclaimer. Google is a pretty awesom company and even as an employee I’d feel pretty scared of any unintentional wrath I may face. Keep up the good work,

    Justin Stanton

  104. Hi Matt, I just had the opportunity to view your Whitehead SEO tips for optimizing the site and (hopefully) Adsense. For the record, I just did add Feedburner as my RSS, and that did stir traffic a bit.

    My question is regarding your recommending the addition of the two following pieces of code: and

    As my blog is on blogger, I am a little confused where to add this code as the template is divided up into the different layout components, headline, sidebar, side panel, etc. Do you add them at the beginning and end of each section component or at the very blog beginning/end?

    Also, are you recommending also for SEO to find ways to incorporate the most widely used search engines terms (if natural) into our blog posts?

    Of all things, my blog focuses on ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) . . .

    Thanks for sharing your time and expertise with us!

    Thanks and best, Bill Edwards

  105. Hey all, I probably should have turned comments off on my disclaimer post a long time ago. I’m turning them off now.

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