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With AI's Help, Searching Becomes More Natural

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Search algorithms over the years have focused on keywords. Often, the way people search most effectively does not at all mimic how they would talk if they were speaking to another person. The terms feel clumsy and unnatural. They work for a computer, which is going through the keywords and matching content, but you end up typing -- or, with the recent focus on voice searches, saying -- things that don't reflect real speech patterns. Essentially, you find yourself consciously thinking about the fact that you're using a computer and changing your communication tactics to match that experience. For instance, when looking for the best restaurant in New Mexico, you may ask a friend:

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Google Increases Privacy, but There Is a Downside

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When you use Google services and devices, the company saves a lot of data about the way you use them, including your location data and your web searches. You can go in and delete some of this manually, and there are ways to turn the features off so that they will not automatically save. However, many people don't do this, don't know how to do it, or plan to do it and then forget to actually take the time to log in and make the changes. To help protect the privacy of their users, Google is now transitioning toward auto-delete options to erase this data, but they warn that it may hinder the way you experience their services.

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Google Offers Insight Into Recent Improvements in Page Speeds for Mobile Searches

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In 2018, in an ongoing effort to enhance user experiences and decrease user abandonment rates, Google made page loading speed a ranking factor. They recognized that today’s online consumers do not have the luxury of spending valuable time waiting for large image files, multiple plug-ins or site redirects to load.

In a recently published blog, Google summarizes the myriad web-wide improvements they witnessed since rolling out this new page ranking metric. Understanding this data is vital for startups looking to launch an optimized mobile-friendly site to attract new clients and minimize user abandonment.

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Remember That SEO Goes Beyond Google

SEO beyond Google

Your search engine optimization tactics likely focus almost extensively on Google. It's a natural move for most businesses, as Google has the biggest market share. After all, some reports credit Google with as much as 90 percent of organic traffic. Even if you debate that exact statistic -- it can differ depending on the study and the year -- it is still clear that Google is the industry leader.

That said, the internet is always changing and expanding, as are consumer search methods. It is very important not to get so focused on Google that you do not consider your audience and the other ways you can use SEO to drive traffic.

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Google Assistant Adding Arabic and Polish

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Google quickly realized that the Assistant artificial intelligence program would be a hit when they paired it with smartphones and Google Home devices, and they've been working ever since to expand and offer it to even more people. To that end, news recently broke that they're going to be adding two more core languages: Polish and Arabic. The changes should happen in the near future -- if you have not seen them already -- with Polish support officially coming first and Arabic support currently "in testing." The exact time frame for Arabic, therefore, is unclear. However, Polish should roll out in the coming weeks.

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