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New Features Now Live for Google Suggest

 3:47 am on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm already seeing at least some of the new Google Suggest features [googleblog.blogspot.com] that Google blogged about today:

1. Suggestions are now appearing on the results page search box - not just on the Google home page.

2. Personalized suggestions - the list may be related to your recent searches, if you're signed in. This could be helpful if you found a specific site recently but can't remember the exact query that located it.

3. Navigational suggestions - if your typing looks like you might want a specific website, that suggestion appears at the top of the list, at least until further typing rules it out.

4. Adwords links are now appearing at the bottom of some suggestion boxes.

5. The "result count" column has been dropped, as not being very helpful. I certainly agree with that. Now, if they want to show "total searches last month" I'm all eyes.



 6:23 am on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

I thought it was already rolled out as was able to see all these suggestions from past 1 week, probably a beta at my end...

This is a good feature however, we should be focusing even more on these keyword suggestions for SEO/PPC targeting


 11:40 am on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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On result pages Google now uses the auto completion search suggestions that I've until now only seen on the homepage. Nice.

Just one thing: under some circumstances it kills the enter key, forcing me to grab the mouse and click the button. Might be an Opera issue.

[edited by: tedster at 4:49 pm (utc) on May 21, 2009]


 4:52 pm on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have noticed the same issue in Opera. Google's code is so Ajax heavy these days, and even in Gmail, this means certain features tend to act-up in Opera. Javascript support differences are a cross-browser pain, and Google is focusing on support for IE, Firefox, Safari (and Chrome, of course).


 5:29 pm on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Opera (the company) usually makes quite an effort to make popular sites like Gmail work in their browser, so perhaps they'll provide a fix for this issue in the next release.


 6:04 pm on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well, for now, I've just turned off search suggestions in Opera, and that restores the Enter button's functionality.

I don't usually find the Suggestions very helpful, except as advance warning that I've made a typo. They are interesting, but in a way that usually distracts me from my intended purpose in the moment - and that hurts my efficiency.


 2:39 am on May 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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]I'm seeing a new Google Suggest. Now when I type in something there is a pull down list with suggestions from Google. The "search" and "I"m feeling Lucky" button are moved down below the suggestions. Some searches show a clickable link. Start typing webmasterworld. You will see 3 different links as you keep typing.

How do you get that link. There does not seem to be any pattern to it. I find the results for www. very interesting. Yahoo is first. If I type google I don't get anything but if I type google i I get a link to images.google.com if I do yahoo i I get yahoo.in.

[edited by: tedster at 3:00 am (utc) on May 22, 2009]


 3:59 am on May 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

sweet, finally!


 2:58 pm on May 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

My guess is that search terms will be a little less organic, but more precise.

Top search terms will remain strong and rising search terms will have a tough time rising as people will be more inclined to select a pre-filled search term then finish typing their organic one.

Better choose your top keywords wisely, it may be that if you don't go after the top "google suggested" search terms that you won't see much traffic.

Not bad, but it makes it tougher in competitive keyword markets.


 5:15 pm on May 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

It looks like like Google backed off on the Firefox versions at the moment. No more suggestions on the results page for me, and I'm bck to seeing the "number of results" too, as in the past. All is still the same in IE and Opera, however.

This situation has given me a chance to directly compare the old version of Google Suggest on Firefox to the updated version in IE/Opera. On the legacy (Firefox) version, if I make a one letter typo, such as pressing "m" instead of "n", the dropdown list still retains the "n" suggestions. On the new version, one mistype into a nonsense word and the suggestions list vanishes.


 3:16 pm on May 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

@tedster The best thing about new Google suggest is #2 that now it considers your previous searches while giving suggestions.That is good in a way.
But this happens for me even after I have turned off the google search history feature.
I wonder if they save the personal search history after we have disabled it.

Robert Charlton

 8:38 pm on May 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Amol - Welcome to WebmasterWorld.

I wonder if they save the personal search history after we have disabled it.

Have you tried flushing your cookies as well as disabling your search history?

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:40 pm (utc) on May 25, 2009]


 5:02 pm on May 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Somewhat off-topic, but it never seizes to amaze me at the data they must be crunching. The new suggest feature includes results from recently typed queries. This does not appear to be cookie-based, but rather something that gets stored for each user. I could recreate that for our moderately small number of users, but this (and so much more Google stuff) is done on such a gigantic scale, it blows me away.

Robert Charlton

 7:49 pm on May 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

The new suggest feature includes results from recently typed queries. This does not appear to be cookie-based, but rather something that gets stored for each user.

The question is, if you're not logged in, how do they track the user if not by cookies (or Toolbar)? See this current discussion on browser session personalization, not touching on Google Suggest, but perhaps related to your observations...

Google Patent: Organic Results Ranked by User Profiling


 8:06 pm on May 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'd say recent searches are tracked by cookies. The message I get says "you or someone using your computer", and that's Google's common way of describing cookies in Everyman language.


 1:57 pm on Jun 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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We just started noticing these two new suggestions this morning.

Go to google and do a search for translate and you'll see a specially formatted suggestion for Google Translate. These kinds of results are coming up for a lot of brand queries. We've even seen paid ads show up at the bottom for a couple of queries.

Is this brand new?

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:48 pm (utc) on June 2, 2009]


 5:10 pm on Jun 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

We asked our Adwords rep how the Adwords ads were being chosen but didn't get a specific answer. As far as we could see the only Adwords ads showing up were for the site that was also showing up in the top SERP looking placement - no competitive ads.

I don't really care for the remove feature. When I start typing webmaster the SERP result is Google Webmaster Tools and the second choice is WebmasterWorld with a remove link on it...

Didn't realize it was over 2 weeks old.

[edited by: BradleyT at 5:10 pm (utc) on June 2, 2009]

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