Ralf Schulz
By Ralf Schulz | SEO | November 5, 2014

Will Matt Cutts Ever Return to Google?

Matt-CuttsAnyone interested in SEO over the past few years has probably come across Matt Cutts, Google’s Head of Search Spam. SEO firms and freelancers hang on his every word.

Matt Cutts announced in early July that he would be taking leave for several months.  He wanted to spend more time with his wife, among other reasons.

“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… And now, almost fifteen years later I’d like to be there for my wife more. I know she’d like me to be around more too, and not just physically present while my mind is still on work.”

-Matt Cutts

Since then Matt mentioned that he would NOT be checking his email and hasn’t updated his blog (he has included personal posts, but nothing regarding Google). Matt was expected to return around the end of October or beginning of November after a cruise with his wife, half-ironman race, and spending more visiting his parents.

What’s Next

While Cutts’ leave continued, he recently added an update to his original “going on leave” blog post from July 3rd:

“When I went on leave, I wanted to see how webspam would go without me. I’ve been talking to people on both the algorithmic and manual webspam teams during my leave, and they’ve been doing a top-notch job. So I’m planning on extending my leave into 2015.”

-Matt Cutts

Our next big question being: will Google really go 6 months without a spokesperson? If Google did decide to fill his position, it would have to be someone who, in addition to being qualified for the position, would could handle the constant criticism and attacks from the internet. Who is ready for this job?

SEJ (Search Engine Journal) put together a poll to review who would potentially be ready for this position. The candidates:

John Mueller – Senior Webmaster Trends Analyst, Google

Brian White – Program Manager, Search Quality (Webspam), Google

Maile Ohye – Developer Programs Tech Lead, Google

Michael Wyszomierski – Product Quality Operations at Google

Gary Illyes – Webmaster Trends Analyst for Google

Below is an image of how the poll sits after 162 votes. Please click here for more information about the potential candidates and to include your own vote.

Votes Head of Spam

Who do you think is best fit for the job? Will Google find a replacement or wait for the return of Matt Cutts? Many more questions, but the answers should be right around the corner.

Thanks for reading and happy optimizing.

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