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Matt Cutts Has a Cup of Coffee at PubCon Conference

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Like he does at many of the Search Engine Strategies conferences, RustyBrick (Barry Schwartz) is blogging from the WebmasterWorld PubCon currently underway in Las Vegas. This post: Coffee Talk with Senior Google Engineer: Matt Cutts, offers a great Q&A style review (not an official transcript) of today's hour long session. Kudos to Barry for making it available.

Here are two of the more interesting Q&A's from the audience:

Q: CSS positioning? How does it affect ranking.
A: Good question, I don't know. If your doing an include, it probably wont matter either way. In his mind, positioning text at top or bottom, is over rated. But try it.

Q: Google Analytics, can you confirm that Google will be using that data in the search engine?
A: He cant confirm, but he can deny it. :) Matt as a Web spam team member, does not have access to this data. He wont even ask for it. If it becomes a concern, he will post it on his blog. People will always be concerned, so don't use it.

Postscript: Aaron Wall was also at the Matt Cutts session and he shares his overview here.


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