March 27, 2017

Matt Cutts Photoshops

If you’ve ever seen me speak at a marketing conference, you’ve probably noticed a trend – I can’t resist photoshopping Matt Cutts, Duane Forrester, or just any other marketer I happen to be on a panel with. I’ve seen many of my photoshops on blog posts, so I decided to put up an authoritative post with them.

If you want to use one of the below photoshops for your blog, go for it – just provide attribution. I’m not requiring a link (if you choose to link, you can nofollow it if you want.) Just mention my twitter handle (@ryanJones) or my name, or this post, or my personal website at RyanmJones.com – I don’t care how, just please give me credit.

Newer Photoshops – added 7/16/14

When Matt accidentally tweeted a selfie last month I couldn’t help but have some fun with it. Here’s Matt not seeing what’s behind him. It’s probably a thought that many spammers have had too.
mcuttsscream

The above photo was actually requested by my friend Simon, so while I had photoshop open I couldn’t resist doing an alternate version. This one pokes fun at Matt’s celebrity status in the SEO community and how “out of the way” people will go these days to get a photo with Matt.
mattnsimon

This last one reaches all the way back to 1998. I’m sure a few old school SEOs will remember when Ask’s Jeeves butler sailed off into the sunset in retirement. With Matt currently on vacation, it only seemed fitting.
cptnmatt

Matt Cutts Penalty Photoshop

Matt Cutts Penalty

You’ve probably seen this one all over the web. At last count it was on over 100 websites. The evil truth here? I didn’t actually make this one all by myself. A coworker of mine helped me with it – and actually used the opportunity to teach me how to photoshop.

Here’s another one I did of Matt Cutts as a referee. I used this at Pubcon to talk about search engine penalties:
Matt Cutts Penalty Ref

I did one of Duane Forrester for the same pubcon presentation:
Duane Forrester Penalty Ref
Duane’s actually hard to photoshop. There aren’t many source images of him floating around the web. Next time you see him standing next to a solid color wall, snap a photo!

This next image was so good that I used it at two different conferences – Pubcon and SMX. Talking about algorithm chaos and sustainable SEO, I imagined Matt and his team playing a never-ending game of whack a mole with spam websites.
Matt Cutts Whack A Mole

Speaking of never-ending games, I also created a Matt Cutts Version of Flappy Bird.

If you saw me speak at Clickz New York recently, you’ll recognize these images. The first one I did for my friend Erin’s presentation, but she decided not to use it, so I included it in mine. It just fit so well with my theme of “evolution” of link building.

Matt Cutts Preacher

Thou Shalt Not Guest Blog

Speaking of my evolution theme, this one fit perfectly too – however those who didn’t take 9th grade American literature might not get the reference.

Matt Cutts Scopes

Evolution is a tricky question, which is hungrier, my stomach or my soul? Hot dog.

It’s not Just Matt I Photoshop

At SMX East a couple years back I did a metrics panel with @Rhea and @vanessafox – and I couldn’t resist the sports theme that’s so easy to do with measurement. I also couldn’t resist photoshopping my co-presenters. here’s Rhea as a ref (yeah, I like know.. refs again?) and Vanessa as a hockey player.
Rhea Ref

Vanessa Fox Hockey Player

I hope you enjoyed these Photoshops. I’ll update this post as I add more. And again, feel free to use them if you want – just give me some sort of attribution.

About Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones is an SEO from Detroit. By day he works as a manager of SEO & Analytics at SapientNitro where his team performs SEO for Fortune500 clients. By night he's either playing hockey or attempting to take over the world with his own websites - which he would have already succeeded in doing had it not been for those meddling kids and their dog. The views expressed here have not been paid for and belong only to Ryan, not any of his employers or clients. Follow Ryan on Twitter at: @RyanJones, add him on Google+ or visit his personal website: www.RyanMJones.com