When you search at Google, the answers you receive sometimes now include additional questions, that often have the label above them, “People Also Ask.” I was curious if I might be able to find a patent about these questions, and I saw that they were sometimes referred to as “related questions.”
An article at Moz today on the topic was interesting: Infinite ‘People Also Ask’ Boxes: Research and SEO Opportunities. The answers about how these related questions are decided upon seems to have a simpler origin as described in Google’s patent, but it is interesting comparing the ideas from that post with the patent.
I searched through Google patent search for “related questions” and I came up with a patent named, “Generating related questions for search queries”. When I looked at the screenshots that accompanied the patent, they appeared to be very similar to the “People also ask” type questions Google shows us today in search results.
The patent provides some information about how Google gets these related questions.
It appears that Google looks at a query it receives and after receiving …read more