Skip to content

It’s OK to Cat Blog: Matt Cutts & getting some google action

May 30, 2009

Get to know your neighbor, Matt Mullenweig says. That’s the theme of this year’s WordCamp.

In “Straight from Google: What you Need to Know” Matt Cutts asks, Why do you blog? Access? Fame? Fun?

Most people want to at least be read, to be found. That’s where Google comes in and Matt Cutts is here to help. Here’s some ideas from his talk.

How does Google rank pages?

Be relevant and reputable.

Ask yourself:

What do I love? talk about what you love–and write often.

To help Google help you: Use nouns and verbs. Be specific. Use normal language.Think of it this way:  Try to integrate the key words related to your content into your content.

Keyword tool–brainstorm! Put the key words you’re targeting on the page–in the post!

Page rank is one thing Google looks but also 200 different things!

Power tip: title your post, and title your url (for example, compare my titles on my blog posts with the title on my urls like this one)

Gaining a reputation–The deep secret: Katamari–He can roll things up: starts small like paperclips and gum, but as he grows, he can roll up buildings, whole towns. Build up, Matt Cutts says, You can’t roll up a skyscraper the first day.

More tips:

Find a creative niche.

People love lists.

Create Controversy. But be aware of what you’re doing!

Meet folks via twitter, facebook.

Should you podcast or video? Put your picture up on hot or not; if you score above 6, do video.

Will be adding more as we go along! He’s got 20 minutes to go!

Check to make sure people’s links to your site work–you want those links to work!

Show related blog posts so that when someone finishes reading a post which they’ve found via a search engine,they find something else that will interest them. Make it easy for people to keep reading your blog.

Keep your blog updated.

OK–on to the next event–will clean this up ASAP!

Who’s Matt Cutts?

Matt Cutts

Matt CuttsMatt Cutts is the head of the webspam team at Google where he specializes in search engine optimization (SEO) issues. He is known in the webmaster and SEO community for applying Google’s Quality Guidelines. Before working in the Search Quality group at Google, Matt worked at the ads engineering group and on Google’s SafeSearch. Matt sometimes discusses search issues and offers advice on website visibility in Google on his personal blog at or catch him on Twitter at

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2009 12:01 am

    And make sure you name your images appropriately, that is one people often underestimate. And to stay on the good side of our google overlords, never ever ever use the phrase, “namipulate the groogle algorhythm” spelled correctly or they will find you and punish you.

  2. melanie Yelton permalink
    August 28, 2009 11:27 pm

    Hi, I’m trying to find a art car I loved from last year and would like to reconnect with the people who drive it. The car is “Sky Van” if you know anything about their camp or why I might be able to find them that would be wonderful.

    Thanks so much,


  3. August 28, 2009 11:32 pm

    Melanie, you might try posting your query on the Burning Man facebook fan page and see if anyone has any ideas. There’s a number of posts here about various Burning Man camps and you might find something about it. Off the top of my head, I don’t know it but if I see it next week, I’ll try to blog about it for you!


  1. WordCamp San Francisco 2009 Rocks the WordPress Community | The Blog Herald

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Flavor of Grace

Helene Kremer's The Flavor of Grace

Hot Grieving MILF

Blogging a Legacy

The Swirling Dervish

Wine Stories, Food Pairings, and Life Adventures


My humble wine blog

Dracaena Wines

Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories


a reason for wine


A Branch off the True Vine


Fine Finger Lakes Wines

Outlaw Soaps: Exciting soaps for adventurous people.

Exciting soaps for adventurous people

Drifting Through My Open Mind

Random thoughts and musings


Quartz is a digitally native news outlet for the new global economy.

Absent. Mind

Eyes betray the soul and bare it's thinking, So Sunglasses I shall Wear.


Your Coop of tea.

Internal Truth Crusade

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often" -Winston Churchill

Art Attack

Discovering art in everything

Sonya Huber

books, essays, etc.



The Weekly Sift

making sense of the news one week at a time

Your Well Wisher Program

Attempt to solve commonly known problems…

poor mexican gone

Yesterday's stories shed light on the way forward


A Song in Every Glass


Has a Hard Time Staying Home


Get your copy of Mile 445 today at!


Discover Your Yes

McShap Pacific Crest Trail Journal

Patti McCarthy & Lynn Shapiro's Adventures Along the Pacific Crest Trail

Cruise Hikes

Long Distance Hiking Adventures

"Where Business Meets Humanity"

Laura Grace Weldon

Free Range Learning, Creative Living, Gentle Encouragement, Big Questions, Poetry, Occasional Drollery

From Insults To Respect

A Guide To Anger And Conflict Resolution


Business Coach · Early Stage Advisor

Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man

Where our opinions, Burner culture, and Burning Man come together

Traveling Wine Chick

Purveyor and Curator of Travel and Wine Experiences

L'esprit de Vin

A wine blog with food for thought...

The Wine Wankers

G’day, you’re at the best wine blog ever! We're all about wine; without the wankery.

Wine Verbiage

verbiage about wine & life


Follow our 2,650 mile migration from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail

Small Epiphanies


Paul's Therapeutic Reflections

Thoughts about writing about thinking

Myth Girl

"Follow Your Bliss."

the drunken cyclist

I have three passions: wine, cycling, travel, family, and math.

%d bloggers like this: