Joining Google

Note: This post was archived from, my previous site I used to blog at.

Tomorrow morning I will start working at Google’s London office as a Webmaster Trends Analyst. SEOs will immediately know what that role is as I will be John Mueller’s team mate. To those that don’t know, it’s the team within Google that interacts with website owners and manages Webmaster Central among other things.

What does this mean for my websites? A few things:

  • I will not be building any new tools. All my tools that already exist here and elsewhere are going to remain as they are and will not be updated.
  • Very important corollary: The tools here on and elsewhere, especially the SEO tools, were built before I joined Google and thus are not in any way official Google tools and must not to be taken as endorsed by Google. So please no one try this one. OK?
  • I’ve been running some SEO experiments here on and elsewhere. Although I’ve stopped them, their effects might still be hiding in a cache somewhere or whatnot. If you see anything fishy/funny it is NOT an official Google recommendation of how to do things. Heck, as an SEO I’ve pushed the boundaries a bit and so if you try anything you think I’ve tried or trying, it’s at your own risk.
  • My OpenCourseWare search engine (OCW Search) is now officially part of the OpenCourseWare Consortium. As I will not be able to work on it from now on, I’ve decided to donate it to the Consortium instead of shutting it down. Its dream lives on and it is now in much more capable hands than mine, hands that even have time to work on it!

Some Yes questions: So will I start blogging more? Hopefully. Will I be at conferences? Yes, though I don’t know when. I’ll post here and hopefully get to meet more of the people I’ve been talking to over the years.

Some No questions: Will I tell you SEO secrets if you ask me? Of course not! Can you hire me? No! I’m done with the freelance work. Can we exchange links? Nope.

A little disclaimer: This website is still my own and anything written on it is my own personal view/opinion and not my employer. This is not an official Google blog.

Finally, you should follow me on twitter.