As an avid researcher, I always keep an eye on Google’s behavior to analyze the way they keep on changing their search results.
One of the more recent developments to the SERPs is Google's answer box. I find it to be a useful addition by the search engine giant to enhance the accuracy of its search results.
But, before we dig into the answer box, let’s have a short intro about Google's Knowledge Graph.
Google Knowledge Graph was introduced by the search giant in May 2012. The actual motive behind Google's Knowledge Graph is the improvement of search results, thereby providing exact results as required by the user.
Eventually, Google incorporated an "answer box" result into the Knowledge Graph.
Here's an example of how the Google answer box works for a "what is SERP" query in the search bar.
A few weeks ago, according to a Moz study, Google introduced a newly formatted answer box, which lead to a significant jump in the Google Knowledge Graph.
Image credit: Moz
This inspired me to do some digging. In short, I found some fairly astounding answer box results!
On typing this query, I found that Google provided a direct result as well as some data organized into tables.
This answer box also includes images!
Upon search of this given query, you get the direct result plus an integrated brand box, displaying the company's logo.
When you enter this search query, Google returns with an exact result consisting of an answer box for language translation, saving you the time and effort of translating it yourself.
Google is even now generating an answer box incorporating of YouTube links which can clearly be seen as an image in the answer box.
Check out this Twitter exchange I had with Dr. Pete Meyers of Moz:
@Ozaemotion First time I've seen a YouTube video on one of those.
— Dr. Pete Meyers (@dr_pete) November 11, 2014
To conclude, I believe that Google's answer box is a revolutionary transformation by Google! The various different results provide better search results for user queries.
I hope you found this post informative and useful. Please share your experiences with Google answer box in the comments!