Traveling for a week

For the next week or so, I’m going to be hiking in the back country of Yosemite. That’s assuming that my legs hold up: after finishing the San Francisco Marathon at the end of July, my knees and ankles have been a little creaky recently.

I’ve been trying to get my email under control in the past month or so, but I don’t expect to have access to email or cell phone service at all for about a week. So don’t expect any replies if you email, and if we don’t post any webmaster videos next week, that’s the reason.

Keep your fingers crossed that I don’t get eaten by bears. πŸ™‚

81 Responses to Traveling for a week (Leave a comment)

  1. Have a nice journey Matt…we are always here to listen you. πŸ™‚

  2. That is awesome. Yosemite is beautiful this time of year. A little warm, but beautiful nonetheless.

  3. Google will be able to search you from inside the bear’s tummy too. Google can do anything. πŸ˜€

  4. Be sure to take a bear proof container:

    Bears can really be a nuisance up there… I had half my food eaten by one on a trip because I was too tired to string it into a tree like you are supposed to…. and they donΒ΄t eat quietly!

  5. Wow Matt,

    Sounds like an awesome way to spend the week. Walking Yosemite is something I’ve always wanted to do. There isn’t much more beautiful in this world than giving yourself up to what nature might choose to show you.

    I hope the knees and ankles hold up and maybe work out the creaks.

    My suggestion for the bears … grab some of that SPAM you’ve taken out of circulation lately and have it ready to offer up to any marauders πŸ˜‰

    …but seriously, take it easy, stay safe and don’t follow paw prints in the wilderness!

  6. Hi Matt, I’m a former member of the English Royal Parachute Regiment and a word of advice is when your body starts to play up on you its time to take a rest. I friend of mine who works on Oxford Street in London W1 UK is a fitness fanatic and enters competitions weekly, he started to have Achilles tendon problems, he confided in a doctor and was told to take a rest, despite this he continued training until it got to the point he could not even swim. In the long run he had to take a complete year off before he could run again. This caused him a little depression as he was so obsessed with keeping fit. I used to run one mile between the time of 4 minutes and 4.10 seconds so I know a lot about keeping fit. What gets me with many fitness fanatics the only interest they often have is to say they have a good heart rate and they can run for miles however, if you were to check their joints all over their body in many cases their condition would be very poor. In my opinion keeping fit is about keeping every part of the body in condition. A word of advice to you Matt, take a complete rest from any sport for a good few months and then get back into it slowly.

  7. Good luck with the Marathon Matt.

  8. Videos from bears tummy will be pretty dark I believe, so please make sure you get a torch with you πŸ™‚

  9. Wherever you go Gooooooooooooooogle always with you and email also………..:)

  10. Apparently Glucosamine is quite good for creaky joints, if you are in to that sort of thing. In lieu of video updates, pictures of the park will be fine. We will assign bonus points for correctly annotated wildlife.

  11. Good idea to not ‘be in touch with the world’ for a week. I just got back from one week of sailing where I did not connect once. Does wonders πŸ™‚

  12. chris

    hey matt,

    if a bear wanna beat you up – just beat him back – eye vs eye =)

    Hope you going to be fit for marathon, it’s not that easy

    Best regards

  13. I Keep my fingers crossed hope the bears don’t get eaten by you πŸ™‚

  14. Sounds like a great time. About a month ago I led a group to take 15 teenagers to the Beartooth Mountains in Montana. It was awesome! The break from technology was definitely refreshing.

    Have fun!

  15. Very nice. Hope you have a great time, Matt.

  16. Yes… and stay clear of the cliff edges, mmk.

  17. Enjoy! Yellowstone is absolutely amazing!

  18. Hah…I visited this blog yesterday to see if I have missed any blog posts. Good to see that my RSS feeds are still working. πŸ™‚

    Have a nice trip!

  19. Harith

    Hi Matt

    This page has a TBPR 8 . Could be because so many people link to that page πŸ™‚

    Yosemite National Park-Hiking Safety

    Have a nice and safe hiking week!

  20. well, have a great time, Matt.

  21. Good for you! We were up there in July. Great weather and beautiful scenery. We did see a couple of bears. Not too close though. Have fun and be safe!

  22. I wish you a pleasant time and a safe return.

  23. Mark McGlashan, thanks for the advice. I’ve been laying off the running and biking and it has been a bit depressing not to be able to exercise. But I agree that it’s better to take a break and let the joints recuperate. I just hope that hiking isn’t too bad for them in the mean time. πŸ™‚

  24. Nice.

    We live just 20 miles from the entrance on highway 120 and may be in the Tioga Pass area this weekend. Ping me if you’ll be coming thru Groveland and want to grab lunch/dinner/whatever.


  25. Yosemite is one place I wanted to go when I was in the US, but didn’t get to because the roads were closed due to ice. Would you be sharing pictures of the trip? Take care and keep away from the bears. They can be very unpredictable, I was told. Have fun and pictures please.. πŸ˜€

  26. Blake Newton

    Have fun Matt!

  27. Love Yosemite….some pics from my last trip. Did not take many in the backcountry. Next time.

  28. Don’t hike alone!

    3 years ago I tripped and cartwheeled 30 ft down the side of the mountain on Stevens Trail (Colfax, CA). Thankfully, I was with Hike for Discovery (Leukemia group) and one of the hikers was a nurse/former EMT worker. The CHP came to get me and I had my first helicopter ride! All’s well that ends well – I quit AT&T and life is good. A little scarred, but good.

  29. Have a wonderful vacation Matt! Sounds like a ton of fun. When you get back, if you have a minute I’d like to talk to you about web scrapers and spammers… Thanks!

  30. I hear being eaten by a bear is an interesting experience, maybe you should go for it! It can’t be much harder than finishing a marathon.

  31. Enjoy man …. I loved the giant wooden dining room in Yosemite … and the amazing treks

  32. Zoran

    Hi Matt!

    Is this guy you?


  33. Enjoy the disconnect time and make sure to have fun. I hope you bring a camera. Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places on earth!

  34. Matt,

    Hope you take some pictures! I’m curious how it looks as of late. I haven’t been in years, so I’m curious to know if much has changed.

    Joe Taylor

  35. Have a great time back there. I’ve been to Yosemite for years and freakishly never seen a single bear. My neighbor will be in your area hunting dove at the same time ur there so bring your orange clothing. Beautiful country!

  36. Have a nice trip Matt!

    Upload some nice pictures when you are back!

  37. Jaspal Kalsi

    Are we thinking of a ‘Grizzly Update’ right after the ‘Panda Update’?

    Have a nice trip Matt! Stay Safe!

  38. After reading about your email issues I think I would go crazy if I were you, leaving the office for a solid week. I wish you the best of luck in figuring that out haha

  39. Sounds like a great little break. Say hello to Yogi for me

  40. I wish you the best of luck Matt!

  41. Hi Matt,

    Enjoy make sure there is no pandas πŸ™‚ sorry bears.

    Have a nice trip Baruch!

  42. Have a nice trip Matt. Yosemite is really nice this time of year. Take it easy on those trails, and pace yourself like a marathon and you’ll do fine. πŸ™‚

  43. Matt, have fun on your hiking trip!

    Yosemite definitely is one of the best places for hiking, at least it was some 4-5 years ago when I last time went there

  44. Hi Matt,
    Hope you are enjoying your holiday.
    I have one question for when you come back..I work in France as a Marketing Consultant, and as you may know, a lot of people here are adept of the conspiracy theory. Again today I heard that SEO and PPC were directly connected for Google to make more $$.
    I know you already talked about that in previous post, but would it be possible for you to clarify that point, and if things have change with Panda.
    For example, if you see a website with a high Convertion Rate on Adwords, could you analyse that the website should have a higher natural ranking?

  45. Felix

    Hey Matt, when you get back can you slap someone into getting sitelink demotions to work?


  46. Hi Matt
    It’s great to hear that you take som time off to enjoy the magnificent nature over there – getting some perspective. If you ever visit Norway I will be more than willing to guide around in the Sunnmore Alps where I live. This week I put up a video on Youtube to show the world what a spectalular scenery we have in a protest against governmental plans for monsterlines and Giant Power cables. We lit 9 mountains and shot it on film from above with a chopper.

    As I told me friends: It beats SEO and SoMe, when it comes to getting attention ac creating awareness. We have reached more than 1,3 mio people via TV and Newspaper in less a week. You can see the video on Youtube here: If you enjoy hiking I can get you on any of the mountains in this 4 minute film named “monstervarsel” – (Norwegian for Monster Alert)

    If you shot some film when hiking, please share. We’d love to see it.

    Greetings from Norway.
    Nickolass, Mediakoordinator

  47. Enjoy Matt. I am going hiking mountain Charleston in Vegas. I didn’t know Vegas has such a green mountain!

  48. Enjoy Matt,

    A week without electronic devices does wonders for your nerves – but kills your Inbox

  49. Jolly weekend Matt, been focusing on your webmaster videos lately and taking help from forums and to be serious i have messed up my property regarding link flow, well Have a great weekend and looking forward for more videos which i can 100% clearly and easily understand about PR.

  50. Enjoy… and be careful for the bears πŸ˜‰

  51. Scott

    Hi Matt:
    Hope you have a great ride! I have a question:
    I was just wondering where one might report a site that is blatantly publishing duplicate content across numerous sub domains and thereby dominating search results. Further, a majority of this duplicate content is copied and/or plagiarized material from other news/media sites without giving proper citation to the original content.
    HINT: Simply search “new health and human services in Waukesha” and you’ll see the culprit.

  52. Did you get eaten by bears? It would be nice to get some new videos responses. πŸ™‚

  53. I don’t know how I would function a whole week without my phone, or connected. I guess I have become that guy and didn’t realize it! ouch….lol

  54. Hi Matt,

    Good luck with this, I look forward to hearing how you got on!

    p.s good tip regarding the ‘bear proof’ container πŸ™‚

  55. Yosemite…I’m jealous! Would love to make it back there again. It is so beautiful and this time of year is perfect. Have a great trip Matt.

    – Jeff

  56. I think the hiking will be a lot more pleasurable than the Marathon!

  57. Hello Matt, I hope that you enjoyed your hiking at Yosemite. I have never been there, however, I do have nice memories of hiking in Vaille, Colorado when I was out West. I hear you about the knees and joints: my one knee has not been the same since tearing my ACL. When you return, I would appreciate an opportunity to ask you a question about how Google treats one aspect of my internal site cross-linking strategies. My blog is in WordPress, and I make a point of responding to every comment I receive. In each response, I include my blog name as a link. Does this help for SEO purposes? Any response that you might provide would be greatly appreciated (provided that you make it back okay from Yosemite :))

  58. I sincerely hope you don’t be eaten by bears, or wolves πŸ™‚

  59. Remember if you see a bear don’t run!! Play dead.

  60. Richard Greenhalgh

    MATT PLEASE READ – I have fallen victim to someone forum profile spamming my site. I have had over 10,000 emails to my sites email address requesting activation.

    There is no way of reporting to Google that someone else has done this to me.

    I think this is a high priority feature you should implement because it is a good way of site owners informing Google about this, then in turn we shouldn’t receive a ranking drop.

    I have posted this question on the Webmaster forum and I was informed to ignore and carry on with building my site and that Google will see that this is totally out of the norm for my site. It should do seeing how I can only ever manage to get one or two links a month.

    But even though the top people say that we will not receive a penalty I think a little form to indicate to Google that a third party is spamming my website would be a very good tool.

  61. An entire week at Yosemite National Park in California, that sounds like absolute heaven! You sound like a much harder worker than me, I wouldn’t even be thinking about work or emails lol I’d be too busy enjoying the beautiful scenery and amazing views πŸ™‚

  62. Enjoy the break, come back refreshed and give us some new technical knowledge on the world of Google πŸ™‚

  63. Henrik

    I think your blog has been slowing down. Not as enjoyable to visit as it used to be. I hope you will find time to come back strong again.

  64. Have a nice trip matt enjoy πŸ™‚

  65. Hello Sir .
    This is Arun Rana a new blogger , i have a blog which was going well and getting all the traffic from Goggle but suddenly My blog ( ) is penalized by google for breaking quality guideline (two weeks ago ).Sir this is due to Some one said me about link exchange to get more good ranking on google so i exchange only one link . I Think this is the reason ,i removed it and now my blog is not breaking any webmaster guidelines .Sir i submit my reconsideration request two times but penalty is not lifted yet .Sir my blog is known for the quality content and also having a pr 2 and i promise that i will never participate in this link exchange service .Sir please help me …….My webmaster email is given while commenting here (comment form ) .Sir i love to do blogging plz help me sir i very helpless without Google my Blog is Zero ,looking forward for your reply you are the only hope .

  66. I’m jealous I wish I could ditch my cell phone and email for a full week. Have fun

  67. neha

    Hi Matt,

    I have a site which is temporary redirected to 1 week back the status of site was 5 PR & 31 backlinks for both domain & subdomain(

    2 days back i noticed that has lost it backlinks & PR and today i noticed that even my home page has also lost its PR from 5 to 0 & all its backlinks. I want to understand what could be the reason behind this? Either because of temporary redirect or my site is penalised and if penalised then because of which reason

    My second question is as its a dynamic site so sometimes different catagories show same product pages but breadcrumb structure & cataoties appearing on left hand side of page are different but due to technical reasons products are same so will they be considered duplicate pages? and sometimes because of pagination also duplicate pages arises so how to fix these issues?Please guide.

  68. Hi sir Matt! haven’t returned yet? Or already eaten by a bear? :p anyways, I am just eying at your next post. Hoping to get another dose of useful stuffs.

  69. I’ll keep my fingers crossed! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Cheers!

  70. While travelling bring some more cool video for advance seo tips. Waiting for more video tutorial.

  71. Did you make it? Or did Smokey get you while on the trail?

  72. Hey Matt, Enjoy Yosemite. Don’t leave in food in the car! Those bears have an amazing nose. Found this out the hard way a couple years back =(. Have fun.

  73. Have fun, Matt! don’t get eaten! If it comes to it, smear yourself in Marmite; that’ll give you a 50/50 chance of surviving as everyone either loves it or hates it.


    Rich, UK

  74. Tons of Bears Up there. If you see one try to climb the Highest Tree!
    Take care and Be Safe.

  75. Have a great time matt. Hope to hear from you when you get back!

  76. You’re still able to run a marathon? Position? Time? Greetings from Spain!

  77. Hey Matt – sounds like an awesome trip. Have you written about it at all? (Though I kinda guess you are probably rather busy triaging your emails, cancelling non-essential meetings….) hmm. Well I guess you had a fantastic time and avoided the bears!

  78. Hi Matt, how did you get on? πŸ™‚ Hope it all went well…

  79. Wow good luck with that. Sounds like you’r need lots of nutironal foods/drinks. i look forward to hearing how you get on.

    Happy Hiking!