Google’s head of web spam, Matt Cutts, has been answering webmaster questions in short videos for quite some time now. The videos have often been quite informative, and have tackled numerous issues that common webmasters face on a day-to-day basis.
Now, Cutts is appearing in some longer more tutorial-driven videos.
“Over the past couple of years, we’ve released over 375 videos on our YouTube channel, with the majority of them answering direct questions from webmasters,” says Michael Wyszomierski on Google’s Search Quality Team. “Today, we’re starting to release a freshly baked batch of videos, and you might notice that some of these are a little different.”
“Don’t worry, they still have Matt Cutts in a variety of colored shirts,” he adds. “Instead of only focusing on quick answers to specific questions, we’ve created some longer videos which cover important webmaster-related topics.”
Here’s the first one:
In the video itself, he talks about 301 redirect limits. In this particular video, Cutts answers his own question, which is: “Is there a limit to how many 301 (Permanent) redirects I can do on a site? How about how many redirects I can chain together?”
The short answer is “no.” There is no cap, though it’s best not to redirect one page to too many redirects. 4 or 5 “hops” are dangerous, he says.
Good question though. Hopefully the majority of questions will be as thoughtful as Matt’s. Or maybe we’ll see him answer more of his own questions. I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.