Matt Cutts Is Going On Leave For Several Months

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Matt Cutts Is Going On Leave For Several Months

Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, announced today that he will be going on leave for several months. Matt cited the need to spend more time with his wife as being among the key reasons behind his decision to go on leave.

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’s leave is scheduled to start next week, after which time he will be gone through October. He has the utmost confidence in the webspam team while he’s gone, saying that they’re much better at spam fighting than even he is.

Matt won’t be checking work email while he’s gone, at all. This is a point he repeated several times throughout his announcement. Gmail filters will be set up to forward some of his outside email to individuals on the webspam team, but they won’t be replying to those emails.

While Matt’s gone, how can you communicate with Google about search topics or find out about new things in search? Here’s his advice:

There’s still tons of ways, from our webmaster forums to Office Hours Hangouts where you can ask questions to experts. On the social side, instead of sending SEO-related comments to me on Twitter, you can ping the Google Webmaster Central account. Likewise, make sure you follow Google Webmasters on Google+. A bunch of different Googlers will continue to speak and answer questions at search conferences too.

Matt has some fun things scheduled for his time off, he explains. Including taking a ballroom dance classes with my wife, and we’re going on a cruise in late August. He also intends to spend more time visiting his parents, and he’s going to try his hand at a half-Ironman race.

We hope Matt enjoys his well deserved time off.

Matt Southern
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  • Times like these when you realise Matt is only human like the rest of us and isn’t this horrible man who ruins everyones lives through penalties.

  • I should imagine he’s fed up of the endless questions and harassment he gets. Someone has to do the job, and I appreciate Google have been doing away with spam ridden SEO.

  • Good for him. Needs a damn break and to take care of the wifey. Keep the wife happy and everything else will fall into place 🙂

  • Matt, ….hope when you come back, you can have more fresh ideas about how to bring more great search result on Google.

  • Chad Parker

    I’m not mad at Matt at all, you should always take care of Home first, good to see he’s giving her that long awaited one on one time!

  • When times like this, We are a human and need to rest sometimes. Hope matt will share a good ideas when comes in the marketing and doing the right way how to promote the site with out spamming process methods.

    Thanks Matt, I salute you

  • Grumpy wife, slumpy life. Going to miss ya’ Matt!

  • Hope that’s not a sabbatical

  • Sharanyan Sharma

    I’m sure , This is a good news for webmasters and SEO guys 🙂
    enjoy your holiday 🙂

  • Hope he is enjoying his holiday with his family. I should really appreciate for his contribution to the SEO industry and guidance for SEO webmasters.