I’ve always had this odd distaste for conference photos, especially the ones where some guy stands next to you, gets his friend to take a photo, and then posts it on his web site as a sign of how you and he are buds. So I usually avoid it best I can. But Todd Mintz over at Portland’s Search Marketing community understands the power of marketing your Google connections, and he really does know Matt Cutts personally, so this picture of him standing with his arm around Matt didn’t bother me so much. But it did give me an idea.
Until I can work out the logistics of getting a full-sized cardboard cut out of Matt Cutts manufactured for my next in-person meeting (I’m think $10 per digital phot of “YOU with YOUR friend Matt Cutts?”), this digital Photoshop version should work. You don’t need to wait for me, just use this template as a template, and you, too can be Friends with Matt Cutts. Insert yourself next to Matt, smile, and post it on your blog or website.
Word is that SEO customers *love* to hear you have a special relationship with Matt, because then you have insider knowledge and can probably get things fixed when you need them fixed, or perhaps even altered in your favor(?) Oh, and it’s a safe bet that Matt won’t be a Googler forever, so better to be friends with him now than when he’s a high-paid private consultant, right? Wouldn’t you like to say “Matt, buddy, you and me we go way back, right” as you put the arm around him and ask a favor? And if he doesn’t remember, just show him the photo.