Matt Cutts and Me

damn i looked skinny back then

damn i looked skinny back then

Jesus do SEO’s love drama…. I have gotten about 20 messages about Matt Cutts tweet that he was not following me anymore because I did a sponsored tweet.

Let me start by saying this:

I don’t know that there is a person in the industry that I have more respect for other than Matt. He is probably one of the best public speakers I have ever heard. He also is a VERY fair, trustworthy, and honorable person.

Ok with that out of the way… lets look at the issue:

Was I taken back that Matt wrote that?

Yes but not really because he unfollowed me… I mean TBH I never really knew he was following me nor did I ask him to follow me.

It just really surprised me because me and Matt communicate a lot via email. Actually we just exchanged some emails 2 days before this. So why not just email me to let me know if you feel its really important? Besides with over 500 replies to me a day @shoemoney odds are I wont even see it.

When you go out of your way to announce to the world you are no longer following someone its just kind of weird. Could it be something else?

Maybe it has something to do with the fact we are in a huge legal battle with one of Matt’s peers at Google ?

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that only a few hours before that I posted how spammers are owning Google News (and still are as of this morning).

After all does it really make sense that someone who is the biggest voice for disclosure would really punish those when they do disclose ?

And speaking of disclosure as I said in my tweets we are all sponsored in some way or another. Matt – How about you disclose how much money you are paid by Google in salary and in shares for the work you are doing? I mean that would be transparent!

Ive shown my Google Checks…. lets see yours Mr full disclosure =P