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    Do you think Google lies to us?


    Here's what I am thinking....sometimes I will hear Matt Cutts or another Google engineer say something that I feel deep down in my gutt isn't true. Here is one example where Matt Cutts says it doesn't matter if you use a sub domain or a sub directory >> Should I structure my site using subdomains or subdirectories? - YouTube

    I just have this feeling that what hes saying in that video, isn't the full truth. I always advise clients against using a sub domain, but the way Matt makes it sound, it doesn't matter.

    Another example is this video>> What percentage of PageRank is lost through a 301 redirect? - YouTube Here Cutts tells us that 301s doesn't dissipate link equity. This is a complete reversal of what hes said in the past.

    Maybe the term "lieing" is a bit strong but I do seriously question why Google says the things they choose to say. What are ya'lls thoughts?

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    This reminds me of Jason Calacanis keynote at Pubcon.. let me quote:

    "Matt Cutts? I can't figure him out! Is he dumb or evil? He can't be dumb given the position he has within the company... So that leaves us with... But he smiles so nicely! How can he be evil?"

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    JR Ewing had a nice smile too. lol
    I think it's more about what Matt doesn't say thats important...the read between the lines kinda thing.

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    I don't think Cutts lies, he just takes liberties with the truth. For example when Cutts says "this might impact you negatively" what he means is "if you've done this in the past, soon you're screwed forever". Not a lie, just not the full truth. Being an SEO means learning to listen to these types of messages V E R Y carefully.

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    • joshz agrees : More like reading in btween the lines, too! "I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN!"
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    I don't think they take liberties with the truth either, they tell you just enough but not too much to avoid people from gaming the system.

    Any tidbit disclosed will inspire someone to figure out how to use it in ways it wasn't intended and Google, for all their efforts, ends up with exploitable loopholes which is obvious from all the spam.

    Plus there's a fine line between giving answers vs. giving away company secrets.

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    so true LOL
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    Joe, in your second example (What percentage of PageRank is lost through a 301 redirect? - YouTube), Matt does NOT say that 301s don't dissipate link equity. What he says is that they currently dissipate exactly the same amount of link equity as a link. I don't see any reversal in that at all.
    As always, we have to listen very carefully to what Matt says, as he's a master of carefully crafted responses. What he doesn't say is often more important than what he actually does say. But I've always analyzed his statement under a microscope, and have yet to ever detect an outright falsehood.

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    Google would never lie to their users. That would be like politicians lying for votes... Board members lying to stock holders.

    C'mon. Why WOULD they lie? Makes no sense. Financial. Privacy. Nah. Trust them. Trust me. I'm from the Internet.

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    If Google lies, what about the others?

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