Funniest Home Videos – Matt Cutts Live!

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Matt Cutts recently posted a number of videos onto Google Video discussing SEO and answering questions he has received about search marketing issues. They aren’t funny at all – it’s just a bit funny (or strange) to see so much advice on tape. Almost as important as the vast amount of wisdom that Matt imparts to those who take the time to watch the videos, is the realization that as much as we like to watch video, many of those who have posted comments regarding them express the wish that there was a transcript.

That got me thinking a bit. Are we so busy these days that we need to have everything spoon-fed to us? Personally, I also would love to see a transcript, but what’s so difficult about watching a few minutes of video and taking notes instead? Video gives you a more “human” touch than a blog entry talking about the same thing, even if it’s just Matt eating breakfast. Granted, if English is not your first language (American English at that!), you’ll miss a lot on the video.

The videos are basically Matt talking to the camera, but there is a wealth of information included in this “talking head”. It makes a nice change from reading off the screen and although it may not pack the video equivalent of “Pug Bowling” or the “Diet Coke and Mentos” videos, it’s compelling in its own way watching one of the best in a more casual setting.

About the Author

Frances Krug has worked in market research since graduating from UCLA with an MA and CPhil in Latin American history. As an editor and online content provider for the last 7 years, she currently is Associate Editor at iNET Interactive, where she also directs Search Marketing Standard's email marketing program.

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  1. chris

    OK, I watched some of them and you're right - they are full of good stuff. I really could use a transcript though. I think people are used to print stuff or at least online words for important things and videos for fun or tutorials maybe. Do you have a link for the Diet Coke and Mentos video? I've heard it's pretty funny. Thanks.

  2. Frances

    Your wish is my command, Chris. The link for Pug Bowling is:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-640111152129276570&q=pug+bowling

    For the Diet Coke and Mentos display, there are various versions on the web, but the one I personally like best is here:

    http://eepybird.com/dcm1.html#featured-video

    Don't try these at home! Enjoy.

    Now get back to work on some good old SEM :-)

  3. I watched them and picked out what I saw as "the good stuff." I posted it here and here.

  4. Frances

    Thanks for the links, seoegghead. Great synopsis of the videos that will save people a lot of time. I still think it's kind of amusing to watch Matt, but then I have no life (as my co-workers constantly remind me) LOL.

  5. Andrey Milyan

    I don't think any of us can now whine about not getting enough SEM info from Google. Matt spent his weekend working on these.