Google Instant Web Search not Working

Instant Search Feature of Google Search

If you are not seeing the instant search feature of Google search, then, realize that it is now discontinued. Here’s what’s said by a Google employee at

We launched 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.

Instant results made searching very easy in terms of Google providing suggestions for you, so you didn’t have to keep typing and typing or keep pressing the Enter key. Instant Search allowed you to quickly find interesting results with less typing and keyboard pressing. For SEO’s it meant that within couple of minutes, you could get an idea for keywords right through the Google search box for you to target, this was a great time saver because it saved you from typing and pressing on Enter key.

This discontinuation of Google Instant Search prediction in terms of keyword research, selection and targeting is a huge disappointment for search engine optimization specialists because as you tinkered with the search box of Google, you could find great predictions for keyword stemming as well as finding long tailed keywords, quickly.

Sample with Google Instant Search Feature

These instant suggestions will continue to appear under the search bar while you type, however, you now need to select one of them or complete your search query in order to see the search results as opposed to Google changing the results as you typed.

Search Suggestions for How to Get on the First Page of Google in 24 Hours
Shows Search Suggestions for How to Get on the First Page of Google in 24 Hours

How Search Predictions Worked

Search predictions were generated by an automatically without any human involvement. The algorithm worked along these lines:

  • Based on several factors, like how often others have searched for a term.
  • Designed to show the range of information on the web. You might see predictions related to a variety of popular topics.

Autocomplete Settings

Autocomplete is still available using Google Apps

  1. Open the Google app on your mobile device.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu and then select Settings and then tap Auto-complete option
  3. Tap the switch to turn “Show trending stories” on or off.

Now That Google Instant Search is Not Working

All is not lost to quickly find great keyword ideas (particularly finding long tailed keywords which are simple to rank in Google using RankYa SEO techniques)

For each pattern you enter in Google search box, you can still use the common search patterns for finding longer tailed keywords. For example: how to, what is, where is, what does, do I, does it, how does and any other keyword you can think of that would be searched for your niche.

Take a Look at What Others Have Asked Feature

People Also Asked
Shows Google People Also Ask Search Feature

Because search engines including Google is moving towards dominating mobile search market. They have been introducing this new People Also Ask feature.

Whenever you see other search queries shown in Google search as People Also Ask then consider if you too can answer those questions. Keep in mind to not think too much about others having that content already. Because you can create better content, coupled with RankYa SEO techniques will ensure you outrank them all.

Another absolutely important consideration we need to make about People Also Ask feature is that, it is related to the search query you began the initial search with. Depending on your niche, you could even create a single blog post and target all those People Also Ask search queries .

Always Use Google Keyword Planner Tool

Regardless of the reasons you are conducting a keyword research, no keyword research can be complete without using Google Keyword Planner Tool to find keywords and what amount of searches per month you will gain when ranking in Google.

Google Related Searches Still is a Gold Mine for Keyword Targeting

Google Related Search Feature
Shows Google Related Search Feature Screenshot for sample search queries

Each time someone conducts a search using Google, here’s the results breakdown

  • Google shows some Ads on top of the screen
  • And then 10 organic results below those Ads.
  • Recently Google has also been tweaking instant answers (that’s where inclusion for your website is important) through drop down menu options right results page.
  • Lastly, Search Related to “sample search query”

Looking at what Google shows per results page, someone may not find the answers they are looking for, thus, they scroll down the page. Google’s philosophy there is, if a searcher hasn’t found the answers in what it showed, then, perhaps guide the searcher to search for something else Related Searches. This has always been welcomed by SEO experts because can sometimes show long tailed keywords which are not easy to find. Not easy to find, yes, but very once you find them.

There are many reasons , for instance: it helps increase keyword count throughout your website, it allows for internal linking opportunities, it helps you to answer your ideal audience’s questions (which are often neglected by your competitors), it helps built authority on internet, it can help rank your competitive keywords as well.

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