Universal Search has recently become one of the most widely talked about topics in Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Google is, once again, a culpable party in this increased exposure. Ask was one of the first search engines to introduce universal search, and a number quickly followed suit. It wasn’t really until Google introduced a similar aspect to its search portfolio that the online marketing industry stood up and took notice.
What Is Universal Search?
Search engines have, for years, indexed textual web pages. When a surfer searches using a particular keyword a list of web pages that are deemed relevant to that topic are displayed. For years, search engines have displayed only textual pages because that is all they have really been capable of indexing. Universal search looks at much more than just the text on a page in order to generate its results. Images, video, blog posts, and news articles are among the results now displayed.
Universal Or Blended Search?
Ask 3D is referred to as universal search because it displays a separate list of results for each of the different media and page types. In comparison,...