Matt Cutts’ first day at Globe Runner

Okay all you doubters, here is Matt Cutts posing with the rest of the Globe Runner team.

Team photo of Globe Runner with Matt Cutts

Bet you didn’t think we could pull all these illustrious names to our humble agency. Fellow newcomer Darth Vader summed up this disappointment best: ‘I find your lack of faith disturbing’.

Seriously, we had no idea that Matt Cutts was a worldwide celebrity — until our site crashed on Saturday. Here’s a three-day snapshot of the traffic spawned by the infamous blog post which, by the way, was written by Bill Hartzer:

Traffic from blog post announcing Matt Cutts joining Globe Runner

After we picked ourselves up off the floor seeing the 10K+ visits to a single blog post, we ran to check out where all this traffic was coming from. Based on that one blog post, here is a list of Matt Cutts’ top 10 fan bases worldwide:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Germany
  4. France
  5. India
  6. Japan
  7. Canada
  8. Australia
  9. Netherlands
  10. Sweden

Twitter was the foremost social media contributor to this deluge of visitors at 25%.

Matt Cutts joins Globe Runner announcement blog post sources of traffic

Not everyone was impressed with our miraculous hiring of Matt Cutts. There was the ritual knocking of Texas:

GRS-matt-4 cropped

Now now Gabriella, Texas happens to have great steaks and no income tax.

Blackhatters were divided. Some thought it was a good stunt.


Others: Nope.


Matt’s German admirers raised an eyebrow, but it was all good-natured.


Our Japanese friends, on the other hand, were horrified. Matt, you’ll have to buy a round of sake the next time you’re in Tokyo.


Perhaps two of the best comments came from Jill in one forum:



Jill could do with a cookie, don’t you think?

If you see the humor in this as much as we do, we’ll buy you a drink the next time you’re in Dallas. Thanks for joining what has been a mighty entertaining conversation (we’ve collected some of the best comments on Storify).

Check out more momentous news announced today, like Virgin moving its headquarters to Missouri, Samsung’s release of the first ever smart phone and smart knife in one, the Galaxy Blade Edge, and our newest employee’s launch of AutoSEO.