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Below is live coverage of the Ask The Search Engines panel from the SMX West 2011 conference. This coverage is provided by Barry Schwartz of RustyBrickand Brian Ussery aka beussery.

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  • Brian Ussery:Matt: If you treat Googlebot differently you might be detected as cloaking by Google.
  • 1:24:34 PMBarry Schwartz:Matt said there are valid reasons. The test, do you have code specific for GoogleBot, then it is high risk.
  • 1:24:08 PMFabio Ricotta:The last SEOmoz Whiteboard Friday was an interview with Duane – it was awesome http://bit.ly/hv7mdn
  • 1:24:08 PMBarry Schwartz:Bing said, be careful, it can be an issue.
  • 1:23:56 PMBarry Schwartz:Using segmentation programs on your web site, showing one version to another and another version to another — is that cloaking?
  • 1:23:39 PMBrian Ussery:Ask The Search Engines
    You’ve heard the lingo: PageRank sculpting, duplicate content penalties, canonical tags, sitemap structure, nofollow… and most recently a lot about the potential impact of Google Instant. In this session, you can ask questions and get direct answers from engineers from Google, Microsoft and the other search engines about crawling, indexing, ranking and other organic search issues.

    Moderator:
    Danny Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, Search Engine Land

    Q&A Moderator: Robin Aguilar, Principal SEO Analyst, AOL

    Speakers:
    Matt Cutts, Software Engineer , Google Inc.
    Duane Forrester, Sr. Product Manager Webmaster Outreach, Microsoft
    Rich Skrenta, CEO, Blekko

  • 1:22:06 PMBarry Schwartz:Rich of Blekko founded DMOZ and now bans them
  • 1:20:05 PMBarry Schwartz:Duane is the public face of Bing in the forums and blogs…
  • 1:19:39 PMBarry Schwartz:Matt Cutts, Software Engineer , Google Inc.
    Duane Forrester, Sr. Product Manager – Webmaster Outreach, Microsoft
    Rich Skrenta, CEO, Blekko
  • 1:18:31 PMBarry Schwartz: 
  • 1:17:43 PMBarry Schwartz:Here we go…


 

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