Duane Forrester , Matt Cutts and the SEO Spokespeople Changeup
Original Air Date: November 11, 2014
Amazon Echo; Facebook and Google Fight EbolaSEO Rockstars host Chris Boggs had guest Frank Watson on for a lively discussion on recent search engine personnel changes. Bing search evangelist Duane Forrester was let go last week much to the surprise of most industry people.Forrester had just won the US Search personality of the year at Las Vegas PubCon 2014. The pair noted it could be indicative of Bing's admission of not being able to challenge Google's search dominance and the company's decision to concentrate on search apps and leave the rest to Google.Google Spam Czar Matt Cutts recently announced he was extending his leave of absence - Matt has been on vacation for nearly 6 months and announced he was not planning on returning to his position - looking to find another project to take on when or if he gets back.Amazon's Echo devices came under some criticism for being an ever present ear in your home logging all comments and possibly prepping future search suggestions when looking for things online - especially through Amazon. This intrusion was also reflected in Google's report of what days people were more hungover by how often people searched about the terms.Google's statement that buying links for traffic but sending them to a separate site and then redirecting that site to your main site - as suggested by John Mueler from Google - came under some criticism as it seemed like cloaking.The begging for money from users by Facebook and Google for the Ebola situation was also discussed.