Search Features

  • How AI will shape the future of search

    … There is no doubt the search industry has evolved. Just one look at how search engine results pages are currently laid out shows how things have changed. We have come a long way from 10 blue links. But have we gone far enough? At SXSW earlier this month, information access was a hot topic. People no longer head to Google’s search bar…

    Justin Freid/ Search Engine Landin SEO How To's- 22 readers -
  • The future of paid voice search and monetizing the map

    … Last year, Google introduced local search ads and promoted pins to wring a few extra dollars out of Maps. By extra, I mean potentially an additional $1.5 billion in 2017 alone. Maps inherently have local intent; local intent has a high likelihood for conversion. No surprises there. But ads run counter to a quality user experience. We…

    Search Engine Landin SEO- 13 readers -
  • Essential voice search strategies for 2017

    … There’s one thing that remains true about SEO: it’s always changing. One of the big changes that we’re experiencing now in local SEO is the increasing popularity of voice search. Voice search used to be a novelty — now it’s a necessity, especially when you’re on the go with your smartphone or tablet. If you’re a local business, how do you…

    Search Engine Landin SEO- 23 readers -
  • What the heck is machine learning, and why should I care?

    … There are many uses for machine learning and AI in the world around us, but today I’m going to talk about search. So, assuming you’re a business owner with a website or an SEO, the big question you’re probably asking is: what is machine learning and how will it impact my rankings? The problem with this question is that it relies on a couple…

    Dave Davies/ Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 14 readers -
  • Optimizing Google Home search responses

    … search through Google Home, Voice and other Google Assistant-driven responses. Some opinions expressed in this article may be those of a guest author and not necessarily Search Engine Land. Staff authors are listed here. About The Author Brian Ussery is the Director of SEO at Razorfish and a leading authority on Google related SEO issues. He is a Google "Top Contributor" in the search console help forum and a trusted Google partner, who connects regularly to stay in-the-know about new and improved product features. …

    Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 11 readers -
  • Digital assistants, conversational search and the future of local

    … it will with general search. If anything, digital assistants are far more likely to drive local sales, especially considering how effective chatbots have been at doing the same thing. But there’s a catch. You must rank high enough in local search to be selected by the digital assistant. While the competition for the top organic local spots will be fierce…

    Search Engine Landin SEO- 11 readers -
  • Search takes to the cloud as users engage with new actions

    … structured data into their websites and ads, the engines can more easily surface information in new ad formats. This enables the engines to front-load the SERPs with business profile information such as business hours, click-to-call, sitelinks and deep linking into apps. As searchers do more and more of their searching on the go, engines…

    Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 16 readers -
  • The future of the map

    … at the direction future maps are heading — and its implications for local marketing. Going beyond and below the pin Today, the digital map is dominated by the pin. That’s not likely to change. Pins simply make it easy to find locations on a map — too easy to ever fall out of use. However, that doesn’t mean the area around the pin will remain static…

    Search Engine Landin SEO- 8 readers -
  • An experiment in trying to predict Google rankings

    … for which the website is trusted. Preprocessing for these features included turning them into numerical labels and subsequent one-hot encoding. Text features are obviously composed of text. They include search term, website content, title, meta-description, anchor text, headers (H3, H2, H1) and others. It is important to highlight that there…

    Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 19 readers -
  • Why retailers shouldn’t overreact to the voice search revolution

    … If recent accounts on the rise of voice search are anything to go by, the volume of long-tailed queries with more natural language and searches with a question is heading nowhere but up and to the right. This, the argument goes, should in turn impact our digital strategy as we strive to account for the inherent differences in typed search vs…

    Andy Taylor/ Search Engine Landin SEO- 20 readers -
  • The future of voice-related SEO for local business

    … to share thoughts on how you should adapt your local marketing to these developments. But first, a brief recap of some of these announcements. Google Home is Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo. It’s a voice-activated speaker-like device that can intelligently listen to commands, return answers to queries from Google Search, control home automation, play…

    Chris Marentis/ Search Engine Landin SEO- 22 readers -
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