The Google Ajax Search Suggestions you get when you do a search on Google.com give you even more. Now they have Web Definitions.
In addition to the suggestible popular search terms if you type in say “What are Black” it then populates the first box not with “What Are Black Holes”, but with a definition from a database.
This is good for the search giants internet users but bad for many webmasters. If Google users can get the answer without having to visit your page Google may steal/retain a ton of traffic and therefore revenue from those sites that specialize in question answer subjects like about.com and similar.
So another question is how long will it take Yahoo, and Bing to implement similar technology? Will Google keep this up?
Tell us what you think about this new feature, do you like it, love it, or hate it.. and why?
If you rely on search engines for most of your traffic, then you are walking on the edge. Without a proper service or product to otherwise drive your traffic you may one day wake up and find your traffic gone. Just search for the term “banned from google” and the 37 Million + results will tell you this is a very common phenomenon. If you are new to this you might say something like my wife did. “Well if you are banned call Google and find out why?” This is in itself a very realistic expectation, if that is Google offered a service like a phone directory. Start digging and you’ll quickly find there is no number, and that’s just how it is. Why you may ask, do they not have a phone number to call? Well it’s a simple matter of economics and roi. (return on investment). Google has no reason to offer this service. It would cost them lot’s of money, and give them no benefit. Me, Joe Blow, and every Tom, Dick, and Harry would be calling all the time wanting to know why our sites didn’t outrank some other site, and the search engine would then become nothing more than a “human powered directory” of data.
So again just a note, if you rely totally on search for your internet traffic, don’t. It’s very risky. Start today working on a different business model.