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Will the Real Matt Cutts Please Stand Up – Search & SEO Namesakes

One of the first things I decided to do when to do when I started to learn about search engine marketing was keep to myself the SERPs for my own name. I must admit it wasn’t particularly difficult as there aren’t too many web savvy Kelvin Newman’s out there.

Recently I began to feel a bit guilty about the sheer volume of me-ness showing up in Google whenever I carry-out a vanity search; what if there was another couple of Kelvins out there who were nowhere to be found because of my canny online reputation management?

Fortunately for them there is not that many references to my name online, so they’ll might stand a chance, but what about the poor souls who share a name with some of the rock stars of the search industry?

I’m Matt Cutts, yes I’m the real Matt Cutts, All you other Matt Cutts are just imitating – via flickr

I thought I’d do my best to redress the balance by sharing some link love with them and highlighting some of SEO’s namesakes.

[tag]Matt Cutts[/tag] – we’re all familiar with the friendly face of Google’s web spam team. Not surprisingly, given how the blogosphere analyses his every word it’s tough for another Matt Cutts to break through to his rightful place in the SERPs. Which is ironic as he is an actor who’s performed as Munkustrap in Andrew Lloyd Webbers ‘Cats’ which is Google’s M.C’s favourite musical.

[tag]Danny Sullivan[/tag] – Search Engine Land’s top cheese has his own namesake, a US Racing Driver, he manages to scrap his way into tenth place on Google UK. While he may not have established two behemoths of the search marketing publishing world the new Danny Sullivan did come third in the 24 hour Le Mans race, which is pretty impressive.

[tag]Aaron Wall[/tag] – he has written the e-book which is a rite of passage read for anyone learning search engine marketing but his prolific online presence denies another Aaron Wall his share of the limelight.
Although he passed away in 1905 this Mr Wall co-founded the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren in southern Russia before moving to the United States.

[tag]Dave Naylor[/tag] – apparently the nicest bloke in SEO the UK’s own has done quite a good job buying up all the search engine results real estate at the expense of a ‘hyper realistic’ artist. Personally I’m not a fan of this Dave Naylor’s work, it looks like he’s just downloaded some photos and run them through a Photoshop filter, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve some linkage.

[tag]Andy Beal[/tag] – I’m a columnist over at Marketing Pilgrim, so I probably didn’t ought to criticize Andy for his search results monopoly, but he’s got a harder job than most keeping them to himself, he has a namesake who is ‘notable’ enough for Wikipedia. This Andy Beal is a self made millionaire with a penchant for crazy poker bets, like two peas in a pod!

I’m sure there’s more namesakes out there who need help to reclaim their results. If you can find any let us know and we can all do our little bit to redress the balance.

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12 Comments
  • Andy Beal on August 10, 2007

    It’s a tough job staying #1 when the other guy is a billionaire, high-stakes poker player – he tends to get a lot of publicity. ;-)

  • Andy Beal on August 10, 2007

    It’s a tough job staying #1 when the other guy is a billionaire, high-stakes poker player – he tends to get a lot of publicity. ;-)

  • Kelvin on August 10, 2007

    See the there are benefits to my slightly strange name!

  • Kelvin on August 10, 2007

    See the there are benefits to my slightly strange name!

  • john andrews on August 11, 2007

    I share a name with a US senator who lost the election by ONE vote, and then admitted that he himself “forgot” to vote. Try beating that one. Oh, and there’s the famous architect who died and left a legacy of world famous sky scrapers around the world. And of course the very famous restaurant by my name. And a formerly-very-aggressive SEO-type photographer, and a hi-tech, hi-profile CEO (he has since started using his middle initial). Of course I didn’t mention the wikipedia notables (scientist, religious founder).

    At some point it ain’t worth all the hassle to rank #1…but it does make for a nice test bed for SEO sometimes.

  • john andrews on August 11, 2007

    I share a name with a US senator who lost the election by ONE vote, and then admitted that he himself “forgot” to vote. Try beating that one. Oh, and there’s the famous architect who died and left a legacy of world famous sky scrapers around the world. And of course the very famous restaurant by my name. And a formerly-very-aggressive SEO-type photographer, and a hi-tech, hi-profile CEO (he has since started using his middle initial). Of course I didn’t mention the wikipedia notables (scientist, religious founder).

    At some point it ain’t worth all the hassle to rank #1…but it does make for a nice test bed for SEO sometimes.

  • Kelvin on August 11, 2007

    Could be worse john least there’s no criminals or worst of all a bad SEO!

    Shows the difficulties search engines like spock are going to have… well other than their terrible name

  • Kelvin on August 11, 2007

    Could be worse john least there’s no criminals or worst of all a bad SEO!

    Shows the difficulties search engines like spock are going to have… well other than their terrible name

  • john andrews on August 11, 2007

    Ha! That’s good… a bad seo with the same name, a.k.a. a nightmare.

    There actually is a Webmasterworld old timer with my name. Lucky me he’s a good guy, a good webmaster, and has prefered to stay under the radar with a handle all these years.

    I already get emails for the Damn Small Linux guy, who apparently doesn’t always ship his products in a timely fashion.

  • john andrews on August 11, 2007

    Ha! That’s good… a bad seo with the same name, a.k.a. a nightmare.

    There actually is a Webmasterworld old timer with my name. Lucky me he’s a good guy, a good webmaster, and has prefered to stay under the radar with a handle all these years.

    I already get emails for the Damn Small Linux guy, who apparently doesn’t always ship his products in a timely fashion.

  • Christina Niven on August 13, 2007

    Hey– I think you should make the game tougher. All SEOs should rank number one for their first names.

    Matt (Cutts) from Google is number 5 on Google for ‘matt.’ And if that’s not bad enough, the guy who is number 1 has two sites and is also number 7 for the term ‘matt’. He’s got two front page ranks on Google. His name is Matthew Mullenweg, and he deserves cuddos for this accomplishment.

    So, how the heck did he get those listings? Here are his sites: http://photomatt.net/ and http://matt.wordpress.com/

  • Christina Niven on August 13, 2007

    Hey– I think you should make the game tougher. All SEOs should rank number one for their first names.

    Matt (Cutts) from Google is number 5 on Google for ‘matt.’ And if that’s not bad enough, the guy who is number 1 has two sites and is also number 7 for the term ‘matt’. He’s got two front page ranks on Google. His name is Matthew Mullenweg, and he deserves cuddos for this accomplishment.

    So, how the heck did he get those listings? Here are his sites: http://photomatt.net/ and http://matt.wordpress.com/

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