Should Google Make Suggestions a Default for the Search Box?

Oct 12, 2007 • 9:26 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

A DigitalPoint Forums poll asks if there's any benefit to adding Google features similar to Yahoo Search Assist. On one hand, he believes that pre-filling the search results can be detrimental because people will rely on the "popular searches" and not focus on their own search combinations. Do others feel that way?

The poll itself only has 4 votes at the present, and so far, they say that offering search suggestions is a bad idea (2 votes). One person thinks that it's a great idea because it gives users more power, and a final voter thinks that there's going to be no change.

It's hard to say and I assume Google is testing this out. But there are definitely valid concerns, like this one:

the problem I initially see is similar to what you mentioned, that it will kind of eliminate long tail keywords and misspellings because people will start typing them then just use the GS version. I don't like the idea for PPC either as obvious PPC (and SEO) will become much more competitive for already highly competitive terms

What do you think about this? Poll and forum discussion continue at DigitalPoint Forums.

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