One of the most blogged about and talked about occurrences in search in 2007 was the paid link controversy and Google’s Matt Cutts encouraging webmasters to label paid links with the No Follow attribute, which was originally created to be used on links which are placed in user generated content areas of blogs and other social sites, such as the comment fields.
At SES San Jose, Matt Cutts and Michael Gray sat on a panel discussing paid links, and Michael’s presentation on Google not being the government and the labeling of paid placement, was an instant hit. Just ask the blogosphere.
So, one of the fun questions on the 2007 Search Blogs Awards was “Who is the Best Search Blogging Authority on Google’s Treatment of Paid Linking?”
This was the only question where we forced voters to make a choice and not skip the question.
And the winner is ….. Matt Cutts!
Michael Gray had 36.8% of the vote and Matt Cutts won with 63.2% of the total 552 votes. Sorry Michael :)
[Photo from Flickr Stream of Mark Knowles]