My name is Earl

I should know better by now. There was an important milestone at work that I wanted to reach. Googlers are a pretty motivated group of people–normally they don’t need any extra reasons to work hard. And the goal was set pretty high. But to provide a little bit of extra excitement, I promised that if we met that milestone, the group could do whatever they wanted to my scruffy little goatee. If you had seen me before about 5pm yesterday, I would have looked something like this:

Normal Matt

But the group met their goals, so yesterday we took a couple hours out from work, went bowling, and then the goatee was shredded. But my colleagues weren’t content to shave it all off–nooo. They had to go for the handlebar look:

Lambchop Matt

If I squint and look tough, maybe people will think I’m that American Chopper guy? I’m at home right now, but I’ll be wearing it at work today. Googlers, feel free to stop by and mock. I’m just happy with the progress we made toward our goal. πŸ™‚

33 Responses to My name is Earl (Leave a comment)

  1. “Super Size Me (Search Index Version)” by Matt “Morgan Spurlock” Cutts πŸ™‚

  2. Hmm, wonder if this goal was somehow related to Germany and AdSense. If yes, I would have done exactly the same to you. πŸ˜‰

    I owe you a Sprite.

  3. That’s a good look for you Pauly Sr….errr Matt.

  4. Young man, there’s no need to feel down.
    I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
    I said, young man, ’cause you’re in a new town
    There’s no need to be unhappy.

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

  5. Hehe πŸ™‚

    Why mock… you actualy look… kind of less funny then before

  6. Dang, Matt. You look kinda scary.

    I hope you never look like that when you’re looking at any of my friends’ sites!

    — Rob

  7. Hi Matt

    Oh no..who did that to you?

    Googlers! keep your hands away from MattΒ΄s scruffy little goatee or else πŸ˜‰

  8. How I wish I was visiting the ‘plex today!!!!

  9. Brian, Morgan Spurlock is from West Virginia and I’m from Kentucky. So we’re spiritual brothers on the handlebar.. πŸ™‚

    YMCA.. YMCA..

  10. Dan the Automator

    You sure look like an american chopper to me matt πŸ˜‰

  11. Hey Matt,
    You don’t know the influence you wield. This may be the beginning of a handlebar trend in the SEO world.

    Thanks for sharing, gave me a laugh!

  12. I think you mean Australian Chopper need a few tatoos for that!

  13. πŸ™‚

    Well, nice to know how you look. Curious to what goal was reached …

  14. Here in Owensboro we’d just call you “cuz”.

    In fact, you look a LOT better than some of my cousins from Muhlenburg Co.

  15. Happy Matt…. sad Matt πŸ™

    I sure wouldn’t want you reviewing my sites over the next few days

    “Your DTD is malformed? Tank it. You have a non-validating JScript command in an on-page script? Tank it, You used a serif font I don’t care for? Tank it.”

    If G’s index searchable shrinks over the next week or so, we may know why…

  16. TallTroll, I’m clean-shaven now. The promise was to wear it fun just one day. Mike, I did get some Kentucky flashbacks that day. I felt the desire to install a subwoofer in my car. πŸ™‚

  17. Grow it back, Matt. All the nicest, most devoted, and most honest people I looked up to as a kid had beards. In time, I grew one myself. There’s a lot to be said for beards, and a lot is said by those who mock them that speaks volumes about their own weaknesses and shallowness.

  18. Ammon, it doesn’t hurt that a beard helps give the appearance that I actually have a chin. πŸ˜‰

  19. Hey Matt,

    Love the look – Lookin’ a bit like James Hetfield (Metallica).


  20. Ah man, I thought you might actually mention the new show “My name is Earl”… and whats wrong with the handle bar look? Goes great with a mullet BTW. Matt, this be a great look and career booster for sure, just check out this guy –>

  21. Sorry to post twice in a row but check out the ads that are served on that site (the one linked above)… now thats funny!

  22. Hey Matt

    Want to be on our Mo bro team for ? The goal is to raise money for Prostate cancer research. You start November clean shaven – and have to grow a Mo before the Gala party on November 29th.

    You can be ‘chopper mo bro’. I’ve got to shave my beard off to enter – you can shave off the Mo and grow it back in Movember! Great cause – and maybe a good reason to visit Sydney Australia?

  23. Whoah! Easy Rider. πŸ™‚

  24. If you wanted to look so cool, why didn’t you tell me?
    Never mind, here it’s yours:

  25. Matt it’s Mat, I oly got one T in my name, not a double crosser.

    MATHEW is prpnounced MATH U

    matthew is pronounced MAT THEU’

    just for e’bodies info, WHERES EARL ‘ that guy owes me and apolgy…

  26. I know I am late on this, but I beleive the correct term they call that is handlebar or lamb chops.

    I remeber when i was a manager for a company and our account was down, so I had the brain child of motivating them by just walking in to work from my normal attire, to a completley shiny silver tin man.

    Keep in mind, there were a couple of thousand people on different accounts, I walk in, and there was that a awkward silence in the building, then everyone stood up and hooted and hollared. That was embarrasing, but the goal was met shortly afterwards and I was hailed as the tin man who had a heart…..yeah i know its corny, but I am a geek anyway.

  27. Matt,

    I don’t know… I have to say that I kind of like the handlebars myself. I think you’re adding more style to the SEO world than most of us generic goatee wearing SEOs.

    I’d say keep it, buy a harley, and get some clients in the custom chopper biz.

  28. Do you think all new avid Googlers will need a handle bar moustache to search Google. I love the look Matt, its bring a fresh face to the internet πŸ˜‰

    PS: Google search for Handlebar Moustache = 1.

    Feeling Lucking = 1.


    Pierre, Australia

  29. More on Earl, the characters & Earl’s “girl” at link above

  30. Hello Mr. Matt,
    I just want to say sorry because I posted a comment with bad attitude in your blog some days ago. I felt frustrated just because I didn’t found the correct information. I’m just a young guy learning about the life. I respect you very much and I know that I had a mistake. I’m really sorry.

  31. Hey Matt,
    the one thing that i noted in your videos and snaps are you are always smiling.. lol you aint seem tensed ever like other employees ( not of google but of any other company)

  32. I had to come and double check this image myself…

    I found an image of what looks like a biker in Google claiming to be Matt Cutts….

    I’m laughing so hard, even if it is so 2005.

    You’re crazy!

  33. Matt, In most of your photo you have french beard, any specific reason behind that πŸ˜‰