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Google Shows Answer Without Any Search Results

Mar 14, 2018 • 7:31 am (78) | by

Google is showing answers in the search results without showing any organic listings or ads or anything but the answer. Yehoshua Coren posted on Twitter a screen shot of him going to Google and Google returning the answer and a button to show search results.

He searched for [time in los angeles] and Google is only showing the answer with a button later on to "show all results."

Here is a screen shot:

How about that, Google not showing any search results for a search query.

Danny Sullivan of Google confirmed it and said on Twitter that this works for searches that bring up the "calculator, unit converter & local time." Google said they are "experimenting with a condensed view to further speed up load time." Google said that searchers "rarely use the full search results" for these types of queries and if they want it, they can click the "show all results" button.

Here is Danny's tweet:

Here are other screen shots:

Here is what the industry thinks about this:

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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