How did the trustworthiness of search resultsevolve over the last 12 months ?• There have been 159 changes to the search engine results reported by Google in Q1 2012 to improve quality. 39 last month.• 17.5% feel the results are improving. Only 10.7% feel they are declining. Online Search Behaviour Study 2012 – Copyright
Do you know the difference between sponsored andnatural search results on the search results page?• 1 in 2 heavy users and 2 in 3 light users does not know the difference Online Search Behaviour Study 2012 – Copyright
Do you think the following zones are sponsored ?• Even for those that state to know the difference, the side ads (zone B) are mostly correctly identified as sponsored but the top ads (zone A) much less Online Search Behaviour Study 2012 – Copyright
Which type of link do you trust most ?• One half does not discern, the other half tends to favor natural search results over sponsored search results Online Search Behaviour Study 2012 – Copyright
Please click on the search result you wouldchoose for this query• The first click on the search result pages for a number of sample transactional and informational search queries was recorded as a red dot for the 988 interviewed users (they had the opportunity to skip the question).
Conclusion• The most efficient positions by far are the top 3 sponsored results and the top 3 natural results. => If your business can maintain a position in both, you will capture a quarter to half the search volume• Side sponsored results have been declining for some time (check your top vs other KPIs). => If your business is not visible in natural results and only on side sponsored results you will capture ten to twenty times less search volume.• We demonstrated this search behaviour can be explained by the evaluation belgian users make of the search results and their knowledge and perception of the difference between paid and natural links.
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