diberry - 6:56 pm on May 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
I agree with Tedster, but I have a site that's ranking very well and auto suggest has not changed. It's like there are days when no one searches my terms. I'm still trying to understand this, but:
This is precisely the behavior I expected to see when eventually some search engine overtook Google's marketshare. Suddenly, being #1 in Google just wouldn't send as much traffic. Now, no search engine ever took Google's market share, but average people I talk to have finally figured out Google isn't the only way to search the web. Depending what they're after, they're going straight to Amazon, Yelp, even social media sites instead. This could totally be diluting Google's share of "searchers."
The reasons these searchers given me for not always using Google are interesting too.
(1) Google just returns [big sites] anyway, so why not go straight to the appropriate big site and use their internal search? (Domain crowding)
(2) Google doesn't always return [my preferred big site] results, and [my preferred big site] is the best for that kind of thing, so why bother with Google? (Yelp is an example of a big site that a lot of people seem to think should rank higher than it does.)
(3) Google isn't great at returning lots of unique results from small bloggers and websites. (Pinterest and other social media outlets are.)
(4) Google results aren't always trustworthy - it's better to ask friends or go to sites where friends review stuff. (I.E., Google isn't the ideal way to find a plumber who can fix your spewing sink without charging you unfairly or doing a poor job.)