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Google Still Needs Websites To Help It Answer Questions

Google Still Needs Websites To Help It Answer Questions

By Chris Crum March 25, 2014

As Google’s Knowledge Graph continues to give users “quick answers” to their queries, it reduces the need to have to click over to another website. Google has quietly been serving a new kind of Knowledge Graph-style result, however, which actually …

FAQ Pages Could Boost Your Google Rankings
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In a recent report, Hitwise said that the length of search queries has increased over the past year. Longer search queries, averaging searches of 5+ words in length, have increased 10% from January ’08 to January ’09 they noted.

Ask has an interesting blog post up interpreting this data, and the gist of it is summed up with this paragraph from it:

Searching for Answers Google Doesn’t Have
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A new way of searching is on the way, and will come under the label Wolfram Alpha. This is a "knowledge engine" built by Stephen Wolfram, which allows users to ask questions and receive a single definitive answer rather than a page of results pointing to pages that may or may not have the answers they are looking for.

Links On Yahoo Answers Lose Power
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This isn’t nearly as serious as having a car’s wheels fall off while a prospective buyer takes a test drive.  Still, even as Microsoft tries to push Yahoo into a sale, links within questions and responses on Yahoo Answers have ceased working.

Researchers Question Yahoo Answers

Stanford University researchers analyzed 10 months worth of content from Yahoo’s popular Answers service to learn about the people using it and where it might go in the future.

Yahoo UK Socializes Applications With Bebo

Yahoo services Answers and Music joined social networking site Bebo to tap its popularity with users in the United Kingdom.

Sears Taps Yahoo For Holiday Campaign

Sears has launched an integrated marketing campaign around the return of the holiday Wish Book.

Penalties of Spamming Wikipedia
Spam Wikipedia, and you will end up in one of the most dreaded places in the World Wide Web. Imagine a place where your site appears in the ‘Spammer Blacklist’ and Yahoo! And Google give you the cold shoulder.

SMX Rewind

So much covered, seen and happened in just two days. From FaceBook to Wikipedia and everything about social media in between. Finally, we wind up and take a dekko at all that we and everyone else from the SEM community have covered:

SMX: Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers & Answer Sharing
Web users rely on community-contributed-content sites such as Wikipedia and Yahoo Answers. These sites enable you to communicate directly with an engaged audience. But contribute to the conversation with care. Too much spin and you’re credibility will be shot-and your brand damaged. You’ll come away from this session knowing how these influential sites work and how to participate constructively.

Moderator: Danny Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, Search Engine Land

Yahoo oneSearch Finds Answers And Wikipedia

Yahoo oneSearch has gotten a whole lot smarter – the mobile service is integrating content from both Yahoo Answers and Wikipedia.  Frequent travelers will be happy to hear that airline information is getting added, as well.

WikiAnswers Sees Jump In Traffic

The Answers Corporation, creator of Answers.com, announced today that metrics for its WikiAnswers site have improved by 50 percent since the end of June 2007.

Yahoo Shortcuts Searchers To Enhancements

Popular searches for consumer electronics, medical information, and NFL players now generate Yahoo Shortcuts in the search engine’s results pages.

Ask Makes Smart Answers Healthier

Health-related information from Healthline populates the Smart Answers field in Ask’s search results as an enhancement to the search engine’s ability to handle health queries.

New Search Engine Has Answers
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A new search engine has launched called QueryCat that has indexed frequently asked questions (FAQ) from across the web and made them searchable.

Google Earth Provides Updates, Answers

There’s a fresh post on the Google LatLong Blog, and it’s titled, “Where in the world is…(Answers).”  You see, the post informs readers of various geographic locations that were hinted at earlier.  But if Google was asking (perhaps rhetorically), “Where in the world is an updated image?” the answer would be, “just about everywhere.”

Answers Looks Up Dictionary.com Purchase

Next to that term, Answers Corp found an entry for $100 million, and acquired Lexico Publishing Group.