Google has recently rolled out some changes to their search results pages. If you are an avid Google News user most of these changes wont seem that new but to others its a whole new ball game.
Below is a screen shot of a search for the term Schipul. Much like the Google News search results you are now given a link to ‘Show options’
Clicking on that link opens up a few options on the left side of the screen
This will allow you to see recent content related to that term based on the time criteria. You can even sort by date or even related searches.
Ok, this is really cool BUT I want to check to the Wonder Wheel option.
Google Wonder Wheel
Oh sure its been out since May but it hasn’t shown up on the regular search page until this week. So what is Google Wonder Wheel? It is visual wheel image that shows you related search terms based on your term. Below is a screenshot of Schipul again.
Click on another term and you get another wheel
Google Wonder Wheel, Well So What?
I know you’re probably thinking to yourself ‘Well, Jason I really have no need for more graphs in my life so why is this important?’ Well I’m glad you didn’t really ask. If you’ve ever wondered what Google thinks about your site and its content this will give you a quick idea on that.
If you’ve built your site and you haven’t optimized your content you might be telling the search engines something completely different than you want. Run a simple search on your company and or keyterms and see what Google thinks is related to that. If you don’t show up your web presence might not be big enough or your site isn’t optimized. One way or the other you need to get that fixed.