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You may have noticed something odd about Google all of a sudden – rather than waiting until you click the button, Google now starts returning search results while you are still typing out your query. This feature can be turned off, and it is too early to know if this will affect people’s search behavior. IF the feature remains and people use it, I think there are a couple of things you are going to need to keep in mind that relate directly to your site’s search engine optimization.

First, it is going to be more important than every to focus on higher volume keywords. Example: let’s say you have a store in Madison, Wisconsin that sells cheese and you are trying to decide between focusing on the keyword “Madison cheese shop” or “Madison cheese store.” Well, if Google is now displaying dynamic, predictive results, it is going to fill in the search based on which of “shop” or “store” is most widely used. So you will want to optimize for the higher traffic variation.

Another issue may be that the new predictive search will lesson the use of long-tail keywords. Since Google is supplying results while the person types, the searcher may see what he is looking for before he even finishes his query. So rather than finishing the keyword “Atlanta used car dealership,” he may stop at “Atlanta used car.” IF this is what actually ends up happening, then you may have to change the focus of your optimization to more broad keywords. It will be more competitive, but if search engine traffic is important to your business, then it will have to be done.

These are just a couple of examples. And none of this may even happen. It may very well be that people don’t like the feature, or that Google removes the feature, as it has a tendency to do. The main thing for the time being is to watch your stats so you are aware if your traffic changes for the worse because of the change to Google.