Wish List: Interactive Help From Google’s Matt Cutts & MattPasses

I’ve been making up a Google wish list to update from my earlier one this year. Pandia just came out their own wish list, as did David Wallace more generally. And for whatever reason, it came to me. I want an interactive Matt Cutts to provide Google webmaster assistance. Think Ms Dewey meets Matt Cutts. Plus, I also want MattPasses to be issued for fast support.

Picture it. You head over to Google Webmaster Central with some type of listing issue. There’s a little picture of Matt, superstar of Google assistance. He’s got a little speech bubble coming out of his mouth — or text near him — or maybe he actually speaks. "Hi. I’m Matt. Got a listing problem? I’m here to help."

You click on Matt, and he pops open into a Ms Dewey-like window, with a query box saying, "What’s Your Problem." You type something in, such as:

I’m not listed on Google

Matt comes back and says:

I see your concerned about not being on Google. Your concern is my concern. Let me ask you some questions to help narrow down the problem.

Then you’d get some responses like:

  1. I think I’m banned
  2. I think you’re not crawling me properly
  3. I know I did something against the guidelines. Help redeem me, Matt!
  4. More options

And away it goes. You all know these types of systems. Normally they drive me crazy, and typically I think they can easily be replaced by the type of information you’ll already find in help files at Google Webmaster Central. But it would be fun to have a Matt alternative. Everyone wants to talk to him, so he could virtually reach out to the masses. Plus, it might actually be an easy way to integrate videos from him and others at Google at Google on topics of concern. He could offer to play some video information on appropriate topics.

Now imagine that Matt can’t solve your problem. I want him to offer you fast support. Call it a MattPass. I want him to say something like:

You’ve stumped me. We’re going to have to look more closely at your problem. We have a standard support form you can use, but I’m giving you something special. A MattPass. This will ensure that someone definitely examines your problem and responds within 48 hours.

Actually, I want anyone to have MattPasses. Consider this. You sign up for Google Webmaster Central. That entitles you to one or two MattPasses for fast support on a problem in a given year per account or maybe per unique domain. You can use standard support, which might get back to you promptly or not at all, depending on various factors. But if it’s super urgent, super crucial, cash in a MattPass that Google gave you for registering with them. It would be an easy way to ensure everyone has a shot as fast support for those crucial problems but also avoid the entire paid support stuff that Google doesn’t want to do.

Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google: SEO | Google: Webmaster Central


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  • http://www.avenuea-razorfish.com chris boggs

    hehe good idea Danny. Womder if those MattPasses could be transferable. They’d be up on eBay pretty quick I think…

  • http://brianmseo.blogspot.com Brian M

    I love the Mattpass idea! But, I’m not sure Matt would agree…

    After all – he would get stuck with all the extra work…

  • http://www.caydel.com Caydel

    Perhaps it might be better to kidnap Matt, tie him up, and stuff him in a closet. Then sell MattPasses to allow people in for 5 minute interrogation sessions…

  • http://seo-theory.blogspot.com/ Michael Martinez

    I like this, although I’m not sure it should have to be Matt’s image they use. Why not cycle through several Googlers’ images? That would help take some of the pressure off Matt.

  • http://www.luckylester.com Lucky Lester

    MattPasses – Good as cash but twice as fast!

    Sounds like a winner to me!

  • http://joeduck.wordpress.com JoeDuck

    Ms. Matt virtual entity – Brilliant!

    So, the rumors that he’s actually been sending one of his two Matt CuttClones to the conferences are false?

  • http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/ Matt Cutts

    Let’s see. Two MattPasses per domain… 100 million domains… multiply and carry the one, okay.

    Uh oh.

  • Danny Sullivan

    “I’m not sure it should have to be Matt’s image they use. Why not cycle through several Googlers’ images?”

    Agreed, I was thinking that you could have different Googlers kick in at different points. That’s also sort of what I was hinting at about using the videos. But I still think Matt would make the best mascot. Alternatively, you could have a choice of male or female guide, maybe have Matt and Vanessa Fox be your choices.

    Matt, understood on the number of domains possibly being an issue. That’s why I said it might have to be account based. And that still might not be a solution, if you had a lot of people set up a bunch of accounts. But it would be fun to experiment with. Maybe it could be tied to how long you’ve had a sitemaps account, size of domain, how recent the site launch is, etc.

  • http://www.royalessence.com Rose Water

    Hey, matt, are you still there?

  • http://nsputnik.com Nick Dynice

    Why not just post your Google questions on Yahoo Answers? Oh!! Ouch. I just search Yahoo Answers and there are people asking about Google search, indexing, AdSense, GoogleBase, general SEO.

  • http://the-blog-life.blogspot.com pittfall

    What about the Matt Cutts is Inigo, Patron Saint of Webmasters?

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