Google's getting really brash with their search modifications these days. The husband told me of a search he did three days ago that nearly had him taking a club to the computer.
I searched for: blue widgets.
And I got: Here is the search for red widgets. Did you mean to search for blue widgets?
Yes, actually, I did mean to search for blue widgets. I clicked on the search for blue widgets.
And I got: Here is the search for blue wadgets. Did you mean to search for blue widgets?
Yes, as a matter of fact, that's why I typed it in in the first place. So I clicked on the search for blue widgets yet again.
And got: Here is the search for blue widgets..
Oh, happy day. But wait - there, in the last position I saw that Google had slipped in a page about blue wadgets after all. As if I couldn't really be serious about wanting to search for blue widgets.
I searched for: blue widgets -wadgets.
And got: A search for blue widgets with a page about red widgets somewhere around the bottom of the page.
I then search for: blue widgets -wadgets -red.
And finally am looking at search results I had hoped to get in the first place.
Now I think, do I quote each term? Will that get me there faster?
Google please stop trying to help me.
So I've been noticing I'm getting highly converting traffic these days. Could it be because people are striving so hard to get their search understood that they're pathetically grateful for any relevant page? And if so, how can this be sustained?
Or are we in the minority? Are searchers really liking Google's superconfident search modifications?