19 Dec 2005

Ripping into Google’s Information for Webmasters.

Today I decided to re read the "Google Information for Webmasters" Page.

I agree with much of what Google says here….but there are some items that make me scratch my head and go "Really?"

Let’s start at the top

Many SEOs provide useful services for website owners, from writing copy to giving advice on site architecture and helping to find relevant directories to which a site can be submitted.

so "Useful SEO services" are ones who "write copy", "give advice on site architecture" and "help find relevant directories"?…

hum….seo’s write copy?….maybe, but isn’t the best copy written by site owners who know the topic…not the SEO?….do SEO’s really write copy?…that’s advisable for an SEO?? writing copy for clients websites? Really?

"Give advice on site architecture" – OK, yes…I’d agree here.

"Help find relevant directories"? hum….from what I’ve seen the past few years, Google’s been wacking directories like a wack a mole…help find them? there’s pleanty of lists of directories…it certainly doesn’t take an SEO to find them.

You should never have to link to an SEO

Hum, I don’t like my clients to link back to me….but if I asked them to, why should they not…isn’t it the same as if a client linked to their website designer? Why is this bad?

While Google never sells better ranking in our search results

IF that’s true, then what’s this?

from the New York Times:

Google, which prides itself on the purity of its search results, agreed to give favored placement to content from AOL throughout its site, something it has never done before.

Continuing on Google’s page:

You should ask how long a company has been in business and how many full time individuals it employs

Does size matter? If it’s only a one person shop, is that better or worse than a 10 person shop or a 100 person shop? I’m not sure what Google’s point is here.

Years in business? is this a factor too? is someone doing this for 10 years better than someone doing this for 2 years?….I’m not sure.

 Ask your SEO firm if it reports every spam abuse that it finds to Google using our spam complaint form

 I’ve never submitted a spam abuse form…does that make me bad? Do only good SEO’s submit spam forms? C’mon. Does submitting Spam complaints make one a good SEO?

Ethical SEO firms report deceptive sites that violate Google’s spam guidelines.

B.S. – That’s all I’ve got to say.

you should insist on a full and unconditional money-back guarantee. Don’t be afraid to request a refund if you’re unsatisfied for any reason

hum…to me, this kinda contradicts with what google says higher up on this page:

Beware of SEOs that claim to guarantee rankings

Guess what the first reason someone who’s going to ask for a refund will cite….bet it would be "they didn’t get me rankings."

"unconditional money-back guarantee" right…you’re telling me what guarantees I should offer "Don’t guarantee rankings" but guarantee "unconditional money back"? Does Google adwords offer "unconditional money back guarantees"? I’d just love to see that…."hey, I had no ROI on my Adwords, give me my money back"…oh how I’d love to see how Google would handle that. 

Google, don’t tell me what guarantees I should offer and what ones I should not. That’s between my clients and me. And if I give, or don’t give a guarantee "unconditional" that does not make me a bad SEO.

I guess that’s about it. Like I said at the beginning, I do agree with most of what Google is saying on their "Google Information for Webmasters"….just these few points I have some issues with.

Do you agree?