Google Enhances Search Results with Longer Snippets and Better Related Searches

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Google is rolling out two enhancements to its search results pages. One is that search results are now given longer snippets and the other is the improvement on the related searches being suggested by Google when you use a search term that could have many aspects into it. According to Google, these two enhancements aim to guide in finding the right information you need.

Google says that it now targets more queries and more languages making its related search results suggestion more relevant to users needs.  You can see the improved search suggestions at the lower part of your search results page and sometimes on top of the page.

So if you search for “search engine optimization”, you’ll see the following related searches

search engine optimization pricingsearch engine optimization forumsearch engine optimization for dummiessearch engine optimization cost
search engine optimization conference

This search results enhancement would be great when searching for information on a topic which has many subtopics, or has a very wide coverage. You’ll not only get more search variations but also see related search results in various languages.

The other enhancement was something to do with search results snippets. These are the black text that are displayed after the blue linked text of individual search results.

If you use a query which is composed of more than three words, the Google search results will more lines of the snippets, to give you a longer description of what the link is all about. It will also show more of the words that you use as a search query.

So in a way, by giving you longer description of the search resulsts you’d immediately know whether you would need to click on the blue text links to go to the page or stay longer on Google.com site and them do something else becase the snippets have already answered your query. Hence, you stay on Google.com longer that you normally do if you get a search result and the snippets are short enough prompting you to immediately click on the blue text to visit the page and leave Google.com.

Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google, Ask.com, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
Arnold Zafra
  • http://www.TheBrainchildGroup.com Aaron | Brainchild

    Awesome article! I’ve been seeing the snippets and wasn’t sure what they are. I thank you for clarifying.

  • http://pattistafford.com Patti Stafford

    It would be nice to get more relevant search results from Google. Thanks for the news.
    Patti Stafford

  • http://twitter.com/lohithseo lohith

    I have been seeing these results from past 20 days.Google is going for more and more relevant search results.

  • http://www.optimizingtheweb.com Toma – Optimizing The Web

    Great information ! Thank u for this article. I now realize that I’ve seen these snippets but didn’t knew that is something new.

    @TomaBonciu

  • http://www.tamar.com/blogs Naeem Dollie

    This is a great post man. I agree with Patti, it will be great to see more relevant search results.

    Thanks for this great information!

    Naeem