The demise of Instant Search

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  1. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 2 years ago

    Google just dumped Instant Search. How do I choose titles for my pages now?

    All suggestions welcome.

  2. Glenn Stok profile image97
    Glenn Stokposted 2 years ago

    Will, Nothing to worry about. Only Google Instant Search has been dropped. That's the full list of SERP results that fills the entire page while you're typing. Since most people use mobile now, the screen constraints limit the use of this feature.

    The search suggestions, on the other hand, are still there and will remain. I think that's what you were concerned about, since we use the suggestions to help find good titles to use.

    And if you want to see the full list, you I can still click on any suggestion to fill the page with the SERPs.

  3. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 2 years ago

    These are the suggestions I get if I type 'tree' into Google search on a browser set to allow Google to suck up personal data:

    They are all searches I have made in the past or pages that I have recently visited.

    I have noticed that if I use a browser which caches nothing, I get the old style search suggestions. In other words, if you give Google no data it reverts to the old style of suggestions.

    Dunno how long that facility will be around, but it is currently the best way that I can find to do a little keyword research .

  4. Glenn Stok profile image97
    Glenn Stokposted 2 years ago

    You need to select "Do not use private results" in your Google settings and save the changed settings.

  5. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 2 years ago

    Instant search is different than Google suggest. If you go to the Google search itself (instead of using the browser URL bar), you can still get suggestions.

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It might be a browser thing. Chrome bumps me into the omnibox nonsense (the address bar) when I search. Firefox does not.

      Maybe I'm just getting old. Details like this are no longer entertaining.

      1. WryLilt profile image89
        WryLiltposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        When it does that, I type in a random word like 'cat', then search from the Google search bar in the results.

        1. Will Apse profile image91
          Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          That does the trick. Thanks for that.

  6. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 2 years ago

    Edit: I forgot to mention this by the way: … rch-279674


    Several years after Google launched Google Instant, they are killing the default search feature to bring search more inline with mobile devices.

    A Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land:

    We launched Google Instant back in 2010 with the goal to provide users with the information they need as quickly as possible, even as they typed their searches on desktop devices. Since then, many more of our searches happen on mobile, with very different input and interaction and screen constraints. With this in mind, we have decided to remove Google Instant, so we can focus on ways to make Search even faster and more fluid on all devices.

    Looks like the important word is 'default'.

    You can still find and use instant search in various ways, for now.

  7. makingamark profile image71
    makingamarkposted 2 years ago

    I don't understand.

    You say you were using Google Instant to choose titles. However Google Instant is all about predictive text - it's got nothing to do with keywords.

    If you want to know what similar searches are that come up in Google based on your search query you need to look down the bottom of the first page where Google lists all searches similar to the search query you used.

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The old style prediction is based on other peoples searches. So it is useful for keyword research. The mobile version offers stuff based on your previous personal searches or visits.

      You can use the closely related searches at the bottom of the page to refine your research, too.

      1. makingamark profile image71
        makingamarkposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I still don't understand. Predictive text can throw up all sorts of words wholly unrelated to the topic. Still doesn't seem a very good indicator of keywords to me.

        I stick purely to the results at the bottom of the page . I just wish they'd left the keywords tool for AdSense alone - at least with that we used to get a sense of volume.

        1. WryLilt profile image89
          WryLiltposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Google suggest is what generates over 500,000 visits to one of my websites per month. It's my main form of keyword research - and all those longtails it throws up have low competition AND don't show in the Google keyword tool. To even show in the drop down, they need at least a few hundred to a few thousand searches per month - so it's a great way to get a high traffic first page results in just days.

  8. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 2 years ago

    It is all these newly coined terms that probably have well defined meanings somewhere in the industry, but are not always obvious, that cause confusion.

    Google suggest, predictive search, Google Instant...

    Often, by the time you get around to working out what they all mean, they are redundant and the feature is discarded, lol.


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