Matt Cutts Has a Cup of Coffee at PubCon Conference

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.