Matt Cutts, the Software Engineer Guru at Google Inc., will be joining the panel during the Extreme Makeover: Live Site Clinic at SES San Jose 2009 on Thursday, August 14, 2009, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. The session will be held in Room C at the McEnery Convention Center.
Cutts will be joining Moderator Elisabeth Osmeloski, Director of Online Media at Advertures in Search, and speakers Tiffany Lane, Search Quality Team at Google, and Greg Boser, President of WebGuerrilla LLC at the session.
In case this is your first SES conference, Cutts works for the Search Quality group in Google, specializing in search engine optimization issues. He is well known in the SEO community for enforcing the Google Webmaster Guidelines and cracking down on link spam. Cutts also advises the public on how to get better website visibility in Google.
Cutts joined Google as a software engineer in January 2000. Before Google, he was working on his Ph.D. in computer graphics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has an M.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and B.S. degrees in both mathematics and computer science from the University of Kentucky. Cutts wrote SafeSearch, which is Google's family filter. In addition to his experience at Google, Cutts held a top-secret clearance while working for the Department of Defense, and he's also worked at a game engine company. He claims that Google is the most fun by far. Cutts talks about webmaster-related issues on his site at http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/.
This interactive session takes volunteers from the audience and examines their websites live to provide general feedback about improving them to gain more traffic from search engines.
I interviewed Matt at SES San Jose 2008 -- back before he'd shaved his head on a bet with his team at Google. He talked about his job interview at Google in 2000. The video interview is one of the most popular on SESConferenceExpo's Channel on YouTube.
The Extreme Makeover: Live Site Clinic was already on a lot of people's list of must-attend sessions. But, with Cutts added to the panel, get there early just to get a seat.