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Will Google Always Be the Only Option?

Google competition

When you tell someone to search for something online, what do you say? Odds are you have frequently muttered some variation of "Just Google it." You may have even used it to define your own actions. For instance, you could say "I Googled the weather this morning and it looks like it's going to snow." Either way, what's important to note here is that Google has become a verb. Yes, it is the name of a search engine and the company behind it, but we use it in shorthand as an action. This is reflective of how ubiquitous Google is and how many people don't even think about other options.

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10-Year-Old Google Case Heads to Supreme Court

Google Oracle lawsuit

Google and Oracle have been at odds for a decade, and it all centers around the use of computer code. When Google created the operating system for its Android line of phones -- one of the most popular phones, along with Apple's iPhone series -- they used part of a coding language called Java. Oracle, which created Java, said that it was a breach of their intellectual property rights, that it was their language, not Google's, and that Google should have obtained a license. Android was not the only system to use the code, but the size of the system made them a target for a lawsuit, and it's now headed to the Supreme Court.

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Only Half of Searches Lead to Clicks

searches vs. clicks

For many online marketing divisions, the click-through rate (CTR) may be the most important measure of success. Getting that search result in front of people is just the first step. Once you get your link onto the first page of the search results -- after all, most users never even get to the second page, much less results that are even further down -- you still need to get people to actually click that link and visit your site. Then the game shifts to trying to increase dwell times and keep them on the site, giving you a chance to make a sale. Your conversion rate is calculated by looking at what percentage of visitors make a purchase.

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Google Cares About the Quality of Your Content

quality content ranks

It's easy to get pulled into the trap of thinking of search engines like Google as nothing more than computer systems that you need to appease with your content. You start thinking exclusively about statistics and numbers: how many keywords to use, how to break them up, what the ideal word count looks like, where you should put your links, etc. And let's be clear: All of this does matter. It's all an important part of SEO, and it's a complex process to get it right. But don't think that these details are all that matter, as if you can write any content you want and rank well as long as you check off the right boxes. The quality of your content still matters.

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Most Google Searches Are Nothing New

Repeat Google searches

How many times have you searched for the same thing on Google? Odds are, you've done it a lot. Maybe you use Google to get the local news or weather and, rather than using an app or the related links, you just search "local weather" or "local news" every morning. Maybe you tend to shop for the same types of products, so you're always browsing for them, and that means making the same searches. Perhaps you just use Google to find your favorite websites, so you search the same site names every day.

You don't have to do any of this, of course. You can use bookmarks, apps and many other tools to get this information without running a search.

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