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New White Paper Analyzes Impact of Google Instant on SEM and SEO

Posted on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 by Print This Post Print This Post

Categories - Featured, SEM, SEO

Last week, Google unveiled its new search feature, Google Instant, which promises to provide users with easier, faster and smarter search results.

Google Instant has been called the most significant change to the Google search results since the advent of AdWords.  But how will it actually change user behavior?  And what effect could it have on SEM and SEO?

In an effort to answer these questions, The Search Agency has published a new  white paper entitled “Google Instant: Potential Impact on SEM and SEO.” In the paper, we  provide a detailed overview of the new service, how users are likely to react, and how all this could impact paid and organic search.  Specific topics include:

  • How can users access Instant search? Where is it available?
  • What are the key features for users?
  • How does Google Instant affect a search marketer?
    • Definition of ad impression
    • Tracking of Google Instant
    • Ad Serving Methodology

  • How many users will utilize Google Instant and how will they modify their search behavior?

  • Impact on Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
    • Upper funnel searches may shift toward the torso
    • Long-tail searches may also shift to the middle
    • Partial versions of high volume keywords could get more impressions
    • Click-through-rates could decline for well-known brand terms

  • Impact on Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    • Possible shift in traffic from long trail to mid-tail and head terms
    • Keywords in Google Suggest could take on increasing importance
    • Potential boon for big brands
    • First page and top positions are even more important

We invite you to download the white paper from our web site and leave us a comment with any questions.  And now that we’re coming up to a week after the launch of Google Instant, what changes (if any) have you seen in your campaigns?  Any significant shifts in keyword volume or clickthrough rate?  Let us know.

About Camille Canon

Outside of summer jobs and not-for-profit internships, The Search Agency is my first official place of employment. I recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College, where I studied Art History and German. I am an avid cook, baker, and destroyer of diets. My specialties are cream cheese brownies, biscotti cookies and lemon bars. I am also an Art enthusiast. Living in Berlin enables me to follow a young, emerging Art scene complete with “eccentric” performance pieces and temporarily converted butcher shop galleries. I also enjoy running, traveling, and handy work. Camille Canon +

6 Responses to “New White Paper Analyzes Impact of Google Instant on SEM and SEO”

  1. TM says:

    I was wondering how Google Instant was going to effect SEO efforts.

    I am going to check out the white paper and see what you guys have to say. Thanks!

  2. Magnificent website. Plenty of helpful info here.
    I am sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thanks for your sweat!


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