Google's Matt Cutts Goes on Leave, but Says Don't Panic

Invisible Matt CuttsRemember a few weeks ago when Google's Distinguished Engineer Matt Cutts made himself invisible to prove a point about the importance of having a website? Well, now it seems Cutts is literally going to disappear from his very prominent position as the face of all things Google SEO.

Last week, Cutts announced he would be taking a few months of leave from Google to spend more time at home, returning in November. In his announcement, he made it clear he would not be answering emails or working (instead, he and his wife would be taking up ballroom dancing). 

He did leave a list of resources people can go to in his absence, and reiterated that the SEO community was in capable hands.

“Thanks to a deep bench of smart engineers and spam fighters, the webspam team is in more-than-capable hands. Seriously, they’re much better at spam fighting than I am, so don’t worry on that score,” Cutts said in his post.

We’ll miss Cutts as the star of the Q&A Google Webmasters videos on YouTube, but while he’s gone, here’s a list of resources he gave for webmasters and SEOs to turn to:

Cutts said he was taking the leave to fulfill a long overdue promise to spend more time at home. “When I joined Google, my wife and I agreed that I would work for 4-5 years, and then she’d get to see more of me. I talked about this as recently as last month and as early as 2006. And now, almost fifteen years later I’d like to be there for my wife more.”

Here’s an oldie but goodie mash-up of Cutts to keep you entertained while he’s gone:

And if you're missing Matt already, you can take a stroll down memory lane by revisiting some of the highlights through the years in our three part retrospective here, here, and here.

About the author

Jessica Lee is a marketer specializing in web content strategy and B2B/B2C writing. Since 2005, Jessica has been in the business of content and communications, with the past several years focused on the web marketing space.

Prior to launching her consulting business, bizbuzzcontent, Jessica was responsible for content strategy, development and marketing for Bruce Clay Inc. – a global SEO firm, where she served small businesses and Fortune 500 clients. Jessica's background also includes positions in traditional marketing, communications, broadcasting and publishing.

Jessica has a bachelor's in communications and public relations from San Diego State University. She also contributed to the book “Search Engine Optimization All-in-One For Dummies” 2nd edition.