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April 27, 2010

Google OneBox for Similar Pages

Google constantly improves its search algorithms, but not many people notice the changes. Last year, Google has updated the feature that finds similar web pages: it now returns up to 200 pages and the results are much better.

Even if Google shows a link to this feature next to each Google result, few people click on "similar" to find related web pages. That's probably the reason why Google decided to show at the bottom of the search results page an OneBox with pages that are related to the top result, but only if the pages are likely to be helpful and only for navigational queries.

"Since we've been continuously improving this feature and we think it's really useful, we're now going to start showing these alternative sites more prominently," explains Google.

The feature is only available in the US and it's an alternate way to show a list of related searches. Instead of showing similar searches, Google displays a list of pages that are similar to the top result.

If you're wondering how Google manages to find related pages, read this article.

1 comment:

  1. I like how Google claims that they will highlighted "Similar pages" more prominently. My site had always appeared second on the first page after NJ's official tourism site. Now I appear at the bottom of the page, in small type as the first listing in "Pages Similar to" box. Needless to say - this October when they moved my site to that area, clicks for KEY terms has dropped off by 90%.

    This is similar link isn't helpful at all for the visitor or for the developer UNLESS they list the similar to pages right UNDER the the site Google is comparing them to. For NJ Tourism - which I had been listed in the top for years has now gone from 1,000 clicks to only 100.