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    Default Google drop down list

    When you type into the google seach field it starts to display possible seach entries. WTF is it basing the suggestions on?

    Type the letter 'u' and the suggestions include 'ugg boots' and 'ultimate guitar'. Neither of which can possibly be in the top 10 most popular searches starting with a 'u', nor are they things I have ever searched for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pondlife View Post
    When you type into the google seach field it starts to display possible seach entries. WTF is it basing the suggestions on?

    Type the letter 'u' and the suggestions include 'ugg boots' and 'ultimate guitar'. Neither of which can possibly be in the top 10 most popular searches starting with a 'u', nor are they things I have ever searched for.

    Perhaps they are getting paid for these entries to appear first?

    Edit: When I type in 'u' I get 'utube', 'ucas', 'utorrent' so perhaps the above theory is pants - in answer to your question, dunno!

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    Paid advertising

    HTH

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    Sadly it is wot the yoof of today is searchin for, innit?
    I was miserable and depressed, but CUK turned it all around. Now I'm depressed and miserable´╗┐.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menelaus View Post
    Paid advertising

    HTH
    I'm not talking about the search results but the dropdown suggested searches. They don't look like paid for entries.

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    I'd expect it's based on what is most usually search... best keywords and all that.

    Must have a built in content filter though.... try doing some naughty keywords

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pondlife View Post
    I'm not talking about the search results but the dropdown suggested searches. They don't look like paid for entries.
    It's configurable. Look at the Google Preferences - it's the last option.
    Blog? What blog...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by malvolio View Post
    It's configurable. Look at the Google Preferences - it's the last option.
    I'm not bothered about them appearing, just slightly amused by their complete randomness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pondlife View Post
    I'm not bothered about them appearing, just slightly amused by their complete randomness.
    I suppose it's a quick way of finding out what's cool. Although typing 'a' brings up argos, amazon, autotrader, asda. Common rather than cool, perhaps.

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