Google Search Synonyms Are Found in Queries

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How Often Do Search Synonyms Make A Difference in Searches at Google?

When someone searches the Web, one challenge they face is using the right words to find what they are looking for.

Search engines rank pages based on the prominence of terms from a query appearing on pages. If a searcher doesn’t use the right keywords, they may miss the information they might like to find. Search engines may decide to show pages that show search synonyms instead of the query terms searched with if those search synonyms show results for the meaning that the searcher intended to find.

As a searcher, if you see search results without the keywords you searched for but see words in your results similar in meaning to your query, Google may have returned those by using search synonyms to find the results you may see.

Alternative Spellings of Locations as Search Synonyms

For example, a person looking for web hosting in the City of Ft. Wayne may type the query [Web hosting Fort Wayne] into a search engine. But, they may not see many pages about hosting in that location because the City is usually referred to as “Ft. Wayne” rather than “Fort Wayne.” I find myself often challenged by a similar problem when I look for information about Washington, D.C., or the District of Columbia, or DC. Alternative spellings of locations could be search synonyms because they mean the same place when used.

A patent granted to Google this week is about the search engine rewriting search terms searches with search synonyms to make it easier for searchers to locate the information they intended. In the Ft. Wayne example, this means Google would look for pages relevant for both [web hosting Fort Wayne] and [web hosting Ft. Wayne]. Search synonyms to find other words with the same meaning may help people find information that they first set out to find. For example, it would improve searches around Washington, DC by returning results for sites in DC or the District of Columbia instead of “Washington, DC.”

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Other Examples of Search Synonyms

The Fort Wayne search synonyms example is from the patent. The patent authors provide another example of a search query that someone looking for music for a video they are making might use in a search that they intended to find. Another example from the search synonyms patent is a query such as [free loops for the flash movie]. The chances are that most people offering music that they can use for free for videos will use the word “music” rather than “loops.” They may also use search synonyms for words such as “animation” rather than “movie.” When that searcher types [free loops for the flash movie] into Google’s search box, the search engine might not return pages that provide free music for flash animations because those pages don’t use the words “loop” or “movie,” or the words “loop” and “movie” get used on some pages that aren’t very prominent. The pages don’t rank very well in Google for those terms.

The inventors tell us of the search synonyms patent that as the number of terms in a query increases, this problem becomes more serious:

Thus, documents that satisfy a user’s information need may use different words than the query terms chosen by the user to express the concept of interest. Since search engines typically rate documents based on how prominently the user’s query terms are in the documents, this means that a search engine may not return the most relevant documents in such situations (since the most relevant documents may not contain the user’s query terms prominently, or at all).

This problem becomes progressively more serious as the number of terms in a query increases. For queries longer than three or four words, there is a strong likelihood that one of the words is not the best phrase to describe the user’s information need.

Search Synonyms and Context

search synonyms and context

One of the simpler ways for a search engine to find search synonyms for terms that people use in queries to rewrite those queries would be to use a thesaurus or database of synonyms. The search engine could then look up the words in a query to identify possible search synonyms. There are some limitations to that approach. The most significant is that the meaning of a term often relies upon its context of usage.

For example, “music” is not usually a good synonym for “loops,” but it is a good synonym in the context of the example query above. Further, this case is sufficiently special that “music” is not listed as a synonym for “loop” in standard thesauruses; many other examples of contextually dependent non-traditional synonyms can be easily identified.

When a conventional synonym gets displayed for a term, it can be difficult to identify which particular synonyms to use in the particular context of the query.

Search Synonyms For Words That Appear in Search Query Logs

The patent presents a process for finding search synonyms for words that appear in search query logs. It would then evaluate the quality of those synonyms within the context of a particular query and use those synonyms to rewrite queries and return relevant pages to searchers.

It starts by finding similar queries and performing tests upon those query terms and phrases while looking at information related to those queries.

For instance:

  • The number or percentage of times both terms appeared in search queries within a certain amount of time.
  • The number or percentage of times both terms appeared within a particular user search session.
  • How much alike the search results are the original search query and for a search for a candidate synonym.

Once search synonyms are good replacements within a query, the search engine might offer a modified query using the search synonyms as search suggestions. The revised query might expand the scope of the search results presented to a searcher.

So, someone searching for [Web hosting Fort Wayne] might get a set of search results with a query suggestion at the top of the results with a link to results for [Web hosting Ft Wayne]. Or they might see a set of search results that includes pages that are good matches for both [Web hosting Fort Wayne] and [Web hosting Ft Wayne].

The Search Synonyms Patent

The search synonyms patent is:

Determining query term synonyms within query context
Invented by John Lamping and Steven Baker
Assigned to Google
US Patent 7,636,714
Granted December 22, 2009
Filed: March 31, 2005


A method gets applied to search terms for determining synonyms or other replacement terms used in an information retrieval system. User queries are first sorted by user identity and session. Then, for each user query, a plurality of pseudo-queries gets determined. Finally, each pseudo-query gets made from a user query by replacing a phrase of the user query with a token.

For each phrase, at least one candidate synonym gets determined. The candidate synonym is a term used within a user query in place of the phrase and the context of a pseudo-query. They may check the strength or quality of candidate synonyms. Validated search synonyms may be either suggested to the user or automatically added to user search strings.

How the Google Search Synonyms Process Works

Someone enters a query at the search engine. A set of pages relevant to the query gets returned and ranked based upon their perceived relevance and importance.

The search engine then looks at the query terms and might attempt to identify possible search synonyms for words or phrases within that query. It may use a list made from analyzing the search engine’s query logs.

All queries received over a certain period might create that list. Because of it, potential or candidate search synonyms may then get found.

For example, the original query might have been [free loops for flash movie], and there might be previous queries within the log, such as [free music for flash movie], that may be worth reviewing.

Or, query fragments with wildcard tokens within them might be in [free * for flash movie].

Analysis of information from the query logs about the queries with the candidate search synonyms might.

For instance, how frequently has someone searching for [free loops for flash movie] within a short time then searched for [free music for flash movie] or [free loops for flash animation].

Other tests may also get run, such as the probability that both queries might have many top search results in common if someone searched for both. So, if in a search for [free loops for flash movie] and a search for [free loops for flash animation], there are a certain number of pages in the top 10 (or some other number) that are the same, then “movie” and “animation” are good synonyms within the context of that query.

Search Synonyms Conclusion

The patent includes many examples of how search synonyms might be words that appear in queries. It is worth spending a good amount of time on if you’re interested in how a search engine like Google might expand search results for searchers to include those synonyms.

When I search for [District of Columbia museums], the top result after local results is a page that doesn’t include the word “Columbia.” However, if I look at the cached copy of the page at Google, I am told that “Columbia” does appear within anchor text in links to the page. That may be why it shows up as the top result for my query. But, plenty of pages are also good matches for the words I used to search with.

Google search results for district of columbia museums.

Is Google deciding that other words or phrases on that page are search synonyms for “District of Columbia,” such as “D.C.” Is Google modifying my search results to include that page?

While not conclusive evidence by any means, it is interesting that in the top search result (past the local results) for my query, the acronym “D.C.” gets bolded as one of my query terms. Google usually highlights query terms when they appear in search results using bold text to show searchers that the pages they are returning are relevant for the query used in a search.

There’s no mention in this patent that Google might highlight or display search synonyms in bold text in search results if they expand search results for a query. The highlighting process used by Google is separate, but, interestingly, the search engine bolded the synonym for District of Columbia.

What does this mean for you as a searcher or a site owner if Google uses this search synonyms process?

For searchers, it might mean that Google may add pages to your search results based upon words it perceives as search synonyms to words you used in your query. So, for example, search for something while including the words “District of Columbia” in your search, and you may see also see pages that use “Washington, D.C.” or “D.C.” instead of “District of Columbia.”

For site owners, it could mean that if you target specific keyword phrases on your pages for searchers, other sites that use synonyms for some of the words in your chosen keyword phrases may also show up in the same search results as your pages.

how Google Handles Synonyms and Bold Search Results to Highlight Those Search Synonyms.

Added – January 19, 2010 – An Official Google Blog post was just published. It describes a recent change at Google on how Google handles synonyms and bold search results to highlight those search synonyms. The description sounds very much like the process above, using search synonyms determined in context.

See: Helping computers understand language

Note that the author of that Official Google Blog post, Steven Baker, is one of the inventors on this search synonyms patent.

Matt Cutts also follows up with More info about synonyms at Google

Google also published a patent filing that looks at search synonyms in context. It also uses statistical language models to translate a query into another language and then back into the first language. It would do that to attempt to find more than one phrase or term that may include synonyms within the same context. That approach and the one that I described above could show in many ways. I describe it in the post: How a Search Engine Might Find Synonyms to Use to Expand Search Queries.

I’ve written a few posts about search synonyms. Here are some of those:

Updated July 15, 2019.

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53 thoughts on “Google Search Synonyms Are Found in Queries”

  1. Bill, even with a college education and experience on SEO and keyword research, I still find this confusing. Maybe it’s the level of difficulty or maybe my short attention span. Does anyone else feel this way?

  2. Hi Gregg,

    I did try to keep my explanation as simple as I could, but I can try to take another stab at it. The patent is fairly complex.

    Say someone searches for [fort wayne web hosting].

    Google looks up results for the search, and ranks them. But before presenting them to a searcher, it takes a few more steps.

    First, it looks in a table created from recent queries (a day, a week, or some other amount of time in the past) to see if there are any potential synonyms for terms found there.

    Google sees that a large number of people who searched for [fort wayne web hosting] also searched for [ft wayne web hosting] in followup searches (or in reverse order). Other people searching for [fort wayne *wildcard*] also searched for [ft wayne *wildcard*] during the same time period.

    Google also sees a lot of searches, not necessarily from the same people during the same query sessions, for both [fort wayne web hosting] and [ft wayne web hosting].

    Because of the large number of people who search for both during their individual query sessions, and the large number of searches that may not have happened during individual query sessions, Google may explore the idea that “Fort Wayne” and “Ft Wayne” may be synonyms, at least in the context of a search for web hosting.

    Google may then perform some other tests, and the patent lists a few different ones they could use. One test would be to see if there are a number of shared pages amongst the top search results for each term. Let’s say that three of the top ten pages that show up in a search for [fort wayne web hosting] and [ft wayne web hosting] are the same. That makes it much more likely that “fort wayne” and “ft wayne” are synonyms.

    So, if Google decides that they are synonyms, it might take a couple of steps. The first would be to show a query suggestion at the top of the search results. Someone searches for [fort wayne web hosting], and Google could then show the following:

    Did you mean: Ft Wayne web hosting

    In that suggestion, “Ft Wayne web hosting” would be a link to a search for that phrase.

    Or Google could combine the search results for both [fort wayne web hosting] and [ft wayne web hosting], and rank those results, and present them to a searcher.

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  4. Bill,
    This was a great piece. Do you think this will force other search engines (Bing, Yahoo, et al) to catch up or will it just increase the speed that a more semantic web becomes a reality?

  5. Very helpful. Thanks! Understanding how Google works with these things is generally impossible for me, I know there is logic to it, I just can’t always see it. Appreciate your enlightenment. God bless!

  6. Hi Bill,

    This patent is something that I see for many queries. You can try [miami fl] and you will see the “FL” highlight all “Florida” words. And it happens to all US States. You can try with TX, GA,… . I think this is really useful for users and to return accurate results.

    Thanks for sharing this patent with a great explanation.

  7. Bill

    Great post as ever.Yes on a personal note, I feel it is a good ploy that “G” has come up with this technique of ranking search queries and their synonyms. Having said that, een before a year as you have mentioned in the patent. I got ranked for a term GPS systems in less than a 1 year or so in even for a website that goes by the name satellitenavigation faster. Then i got placed for sat nav and then satellite navigation. Here i consider gps systems and sat nav to be potential synonyms to satellite navigation and just goes to show that it is easier to get placed for synonyms than the actual terms. Thoughts on this point Bill

  8. Hi Fabio,

    You’re welcome. One of the things that we have to be careful about when saying that Google may have implemented something like the method in this patent, which tries to identify synonyms within the context of a query is that Google may be using something simpler for some searches that look like what this patent describes.

    For example, it really wouldn’t be hard for Google to have a thesaurus for some very common synonyms that they could lookup and do replacements upon to expand queries. Including state names in such a simpler system wouldn’t be unreasonable at all.

    I’ve been keeping an eye out for other queries that don’t involve geographic locations. For example, if I search for [automobile dealership jobs], I’m seeing some results that look like they come from a search for [auto dealership jobs] with “auto” highlighted. Are those showing up because Google is expanding my search by using the method described in this patent? Maybe. But, if it were should I also be seeing results for [car dealership jobs]? I’m not sure, but I would guess that I should be.

  9. Hi Vincent,

    Thanks. Bing did purchase Powerset a while back, and it does look like they are using some of Powerset’s technology. Powerset had set up a demo on their site where they were showing how their semantic search worked with Wikipedia, and it appears that has found its way into Bing. It’s hard to tell what each of the search engines might be serving us next when it comes to how search results are selected and ranked, but it should be interesting to watch how each develops.

  10. Hi Marta,

    Thanks. It can be hard to get the big picture – so many different things go into how search engines work. Google has stated in the past that they look at more tha 200 ranking signals when determining which pages to show in search results. Something like what I described in this patent is potentially just one small part.

  11. Hi Shameer,

    Thank you. My thoughts? I like to try to include reasonably related words and synonyms on pages and sites when it comes to creating the content for those pages if possible. While I think that what this patent describes could potentially be very helpful, I’d rather not rely upon their analysis of user-data from query log files as much as taking matters into my own hands if I can.

    I do like your example, and I appreciate your sharing it with us.

    If I were to create a site about coin collecting, I would try to make sure that I included as many words and phrases as possible that might be seen as synonyms or related terms on my pages, such as: numismatics, coin grading, minted legal tender, currency, coin collecting, replica coins, antique coins, mint marks, coinage, doubloons, and more. Some of those terms I select might be highly competitive, and may seem difficult to compete for, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be included. As your site grows, it may just start ranking for those very competitive terms.

  12. I think they have been using synonyms for a very long-time already. One of my first sites was receiving most of its traffic for a synonyms that was not anywhere on the site. This goes back to 2003.

  13. this is the most helpful and insightful post on synonyms in searches that i’ve ever seen. excellent job!

  14. Hi Bill,

    This is what makes the first step a site / business owner have to understand is – its all about their customers’ natural language, what’s going through their head / mind when actually searching for information on a search engine. Many just forgotten search engine optimization is not just about the search engine but their end customers / users.

    Thanks for sharing your ever insightful learnings once again.

    Merry Xmas and happy new year 🙂


  15. This is really interesting – clears up a lot about the way search engines work, though I still don’t pretend to feel like an expert!

    I personally don’t think that the synonym thing is a very good idea in terms of accuracy, but I guess that’s for the guys at Google to decide.

  16. Hi SEO located in Toronto Canada,

    Of course, search engines have also been looking at anchor text, and text that may be associated with links to determine what web pages may be relevant for in searches. That’s true even before 2003. It’s possible that some of the traffic you have been seeing was related to text used in links that point to your pages rather than synonyms that the search engine might have associated with those pages. If Google is using something like this synonym approach, it might be hard to tell where they have because of anchor text, and because they’ve associated other words with pages through a contextual synonym method like this one.

  17. Hi Deric,

    I agree with you completely – understanding what words your audience might use to find your site is one of the most important things you can strive to learn when you put a site on the Web, and publish content on its pages.

    I hope your holidays have been enjoyable so far, and that the new year is good to you.

  18. Hi Ravi,

    I really like patent filings like this one that give us some insights into how a search engine might perform some of the things that it does. There may be some questions about how accurate something like this is on its own, but it is just one of many processes that the search engines may be following. If it helps make the search results even just a little bit better, then it’s a good thing for them to use.

  19. Hey Bill,

    This is really interesting. I think Google has been using synonyms for a while in trying to determine duplicate content.

    Inferring search by using synonyms can greatly enhance the results and pushes the burden of finding/determining quality content over to search engines than to a content creator.

  20. Hi Rajat,

    Thanks. Those are good points.

    It is possible that Google has used some kind of process involving synonyms or related phrases to identify duplicate content. The synonym identification process in this patent is one that focuses upon synonyms for query terms, and expanding those terms, based upon user-data found in the log files of the search engine, rather than looking a content found on Web pages. So, it might not be helpful for finding duplicate pages.

    But, one of Google’s phrase based indexing patent filings does look at related phrases to attempt to identify duplicates. Not quite synonyms, but an interesting approach regardless. It can be found at:

    Phrase-Based Dectection of Duplicate Documents in an Information Retrieval System

  21. Interesting article. I’m a first timer on your site and I must say I am eager to read more of what lies within that head of yours.

    This Context Specific thesaurus that Google would need to implement in order to capture every conceivable possibility for the use of the word “loop” for example might be a tad overkill.

    First off the possibilities of getting tangle into a web of assumptions about the contextual definition of the word for starters , and second , the speed of delivery once this concept comes full circle and the thesaurus becomes larger and larger.

    I might be out in left field on this one but that’s my two cents.

  22. Hi remonatrix,

    Welcome to the site. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    Last December I wrote about another method that Google might use to learn about synonyms within the context of a sentence or phrase, which appears to expand upon the method mentioned in this patent filing. That post was How a Search Engine Might Find Synonyms to Use to Expand Search Queries, and it involved translating a phrase into another language, and then translating it back into the original language, to see if there were other alternative translations when it was translated back. For instance, if I translate “new car parts” into French, and then translate it back into English, I might end up with at least two different alternative English versions – “new car parts” and “new automobile parts.” Given the context, it would appear that “car” and “automobile” would be synonyms.

    The use of language models, whether based solely upon English, or upon translations between languages, seems to be an area that Google is diving into head first. It might seem like overkill, but a statement from Google Vice President for Search Products, Marissa Mayer, last December 14th, told us:

    “Imagine what it would be like if there was a tool built into the search engine which translated my search query into every language and then searched the entire world’s websites,” she says. “And then invoked the translation software a second and third time – to not only then present the results in your native language, but then translated those sites in full when you clicked through.”

    This patent filing on expanded language search came out in January of last year. If Google’s ambitions are this large, then a context specific thesaurus might be a small accomplishment in comparison.

  23. Best piece of content for a long time. And I say it as a PhD in linguistics, having read quite a bit about NLP and working in the field of SEO from 2002.

  24. I have seen this in action quite a bit recently. Like your District of Columbia (DC) example, I’ve noticed that Google has done fantastically in this area. Of course Google knows that I’m from South Africa when I start searching it already has a pretty good idea as to how I might relate certain words. After all, chips here are what others might call crisps in other parts of the world.

    Most noticeable examples I can think of at the moment are all in local search (supporting the idea that Google’s really looking to go local). Cities that your readers may know include Johannesburg, Cape Town or even Pietermaritzburg (start/finish of the Comrades Marathon). Searches for any of these cities with their abbreviated form provides similar results with the JHB, CT or even PMB highlighted as if they were indeed the search.

    I wonder just how long it will take before Google’s assumption on what they know of you will enable it to return truly personalised search results for a search?

  25. Hi Robert,

    Thank you for sharing your observations – it’s interesting to see how Google is taking into account differences in language from different parts of the word in explanding queries and returning results.

    You raise an point that is worth spending some time thinking about – when Google attempts to understand the intent behind a query, how much of that can be said to be personalization? Much of the process behind identifying synonyms within the context of a search relies upon looking at query logs from the search engine for a number of searchers. Personalization would also attempt to try to identify unique characteristics of the actual person doing the search itself.

    This patent doesn’t tell us that Google might only look at query logs for searchers in South Africa to identify possible synonyms, but it would make sense that they would (more so when it comes to queries that include geographic terms). In a few of Google’s patent filings about personalization, they sometimes mention that they might create “profiles” for searchers, for web sites, and for query terms.

    Each of those “profiles” could include information that could be used to personalize search results. A profile for a query term might include possible synonym expansions. A profile for a searcher might include information from past searching and browsing behavior, and groups of “interests” that a searcher might be seen to what to see in pages that they are shown. A profile for a web site might include more information about that site than just what keywords might appear upon a single page of the site.

    So, the expansion of synonyms can be an important part of personalization.

  26. We`ve seen this patent in germany too these days – after a big brand-update (similar to vince early 2009 in the u.s.) synonyms seemed to have incredible influence within the ranking algorithm. Nevertheless they pushed back now after some quite crazy serps on top-keywords with sites on top positions not even including the searched keywords.

  27. Hi People Finder,

    Under the process described in this patent filing, synonyms are identified by an algorithm. It may incorporate a lot of user-based data about searches, query sessions, and search result selections, but it is an algorithmically based process.

  28. Hi pusche,

    That’s really interesting to hear. There’s always been the possibility of some top search results appearing that don’t contain keywords used in a query because of the influence of anchor text pointing to pages, but I expect that if many of the top results don’t, and include a large amount of synonyms instead, that might lead to a fair amount of confusion and concern.

  29. The challenge now moves to optimizing for synonyms that will be served in the SERPs of more competitive terms. Also, a sudden shift in referring keywords, without corresponding optimization work, might be a clue that synonyms are in play.

  30. Hi Richard,

    I think trying to optimize, or optimise, for synonyms and related terms is probably something that site owners should be considering, if they haven’t already started.

    Interesting thought on referring keywords. I’m wondering if Google expands a query based upon possible synonyms if we would see the original query terms in referral logs, or the expanded terms.

  31. Great article. I am also finding the use of synonyms being a relevant factor these days. Makes me wonder though, how far this has come from the LSI issues back many years ago.

  32. Hi Wayne,

    It’s an interesting area to explore, and I think it highlights thinking about the use of synonyms with the content on pages.

    As for LSI, there were a number of companies that were (and may still be) claiming to use “LSI” to help businesses identify keywords to use on their pages that may not have been using quite the correct term or concept, just as there were many who used to claim that there was an “ideal” keyword density for pages of different types. Those methods aren’t helpful, and have never been.

  33. What I find interesting is that, although the synonym concept is great, why the patent process had to be brought into the picture.

    Synonyms are not patentable.

    If we are talking about a specific way to program a search engine to get there OK. But, this idea that everything must be patented is slowing man’s progress substantially.

    For example, IBM this year was awarded over 4900 patents. It is almost as if every time an IBM engineer gets a cup of coffee, their company patents the exact number of steps to the pot.

    Man, in his selfishness, and unwillingness to share information without compensation is virtually and literally making an attempt to close his brother off from anything that might help him lead a better life, unless people are paid for the privilege.

    It’s a sad world to think of the way we use and abuse our God given intelligence. God gives intelligence to us free of charge, and we charge others for its fruits.


  34. Hi Beth,

    Of course, synonyms aren’t patentable, but the process described is, as a automated process that takes a very large amount of user data and attempts to identify synonyms within the context of the words used, and expands searches if there’s enough confidence that expansion is appropriate. If this process was just a matter of looking at the words in a query, and seeing if there were any matches in a dictionary of synonyms, I’d probably be questioning this, too.

    I know that there’s a lot of controversy about software patents, but I wonder if we would see many of the innovations that we do if patents weren’t available. The patent process is intended to spur innovation by granting the ability to exclude others for a limited amount of time for things that are patented. There are other approaches, such as the GPL and open source software which provide an alternative way for people to develop ideas and share their efforts.

    Regardless of how you or I might feel about the patent process, whether it encourages or stifles innovation, the focus of my post isn’t so much on whether or not that process is broken or inappropriate. The fact is at this point that the patent was granted. Going beyond that, what does this process mean to search, to what you or I might see when we perform a search at Google? What might it mean for people who own web sites, and would like those sites to be found at Google?

  35. Wow, you have blown me out of the water. I’ve read that LSI was not a feasible way to index web pages — that it was too large an undertaking — but I assumed the kinks would be worked out, and that at least on a smaller scale, LSI was in place. I guess not. Hm!

    Well, certainly applying synonyms to place name variations is the right place to start.

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  37. Hi M.J.,

    I don’t believe that LSI is suited well for the Web. Approaches like the ones described in the synonyms patent filings that take advantage of a large amount of user-based data, as well as the creation of statistical-based language models can be used to expand which queries are searched for, as well as helping to re-rank search results that different searchers may see. The underlying rankings may still be based upon signals involving relevance and importance, but there’s an ever increasing amount of data that the search engines are trying to use to decide what to show searchers. These synonym approaches are only a couple of them.

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  39. Has google not already started this? Searching for vehicle model names returns the maker sites for those models, and the model name doesnt even appear in the title/desc.

  40. Hi Mandy,

    Google did announce that they would start using synonyms to expand query terms when and where it seemed appropriate.

    I’m not sure that the point that you raise is one that might be associated with the synonym process, however. It is a very interesting topic, but there might be something else that the search engine is doing that causes that result.

  41. Bill,
    excellent article very useful. Thank you! Understanding how Google works with these things is usually impossible for me, I know there is a logic to it, I just can not see him ever. Thank you for your enlightenment. God bless you we put all the learning acquired in this post into practice in the Brazil seo here. thanks

  42. Hi Divulgar,

    Thanks. It was interesting to see a few blog posts from Google on this topic after they had made the change to start expanding queries by showing results for synonyms as well. I’m wondering if we will see even more posts like that from them. I hope so.

  43. hey, this is really a great post but i just want to ask you one question about keyword synonyms…

    which is better option?

    should i use synonums for inner page like:
    “” title would be seo company for home page
    “” that would be seo services…

    or just put keyword on seo company | seo services company name.

    which is better title for ranking relevancy…


  44. Hi mann0410

    Thank you. I’m not quite sure that I understand the question you are asking. Ideally you want to try to identify some keyword phrases that you want to rank well for on specific pages, and treat every page as an opportunity to possibly rank for different terms or phrases. I do like to try to include some synonyms of those specific terms on the pages I’ve chosen for those terms as well.

    So, if I write a page about antique cars, I might use the word “automobiles” on that page as well.

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