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Free Guide:

Master content marketing to drive more traffic, leads, and sales for your business than ever before

In this free guide, you’ll learn:

  • What should be in your content marketing toolbox
  • How content marketing is different in 2021
  • How to get started with content marketing and measure success

Google confirms demise of Q&A search feature, Question Hub lives on

Even with the demise of the Q&A feature, it's clear Google will continue its focus on providing ways for searchers and publishers to connect over unanswered questions.

By Liz Moorehead

Liz Moorehead also recommends this free guide: What is Content Marketing? Your ultimate getting started guide to driving traffic, leads, and sales through content.

Google confirms demise of Q&A search feature, Question Hub lives on Blog Feature

Breaking search engine optimization (SEO) news from the "G" file... as in, "Google says we can't have nice things." 

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Almost two years ago, Google confirmed it was testing a new feature wherein "dissatisfied" Google searchers could submit questions they were seeking answers to but couldn't find:

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Google would then give publishers and others the ability to answer those unaddressed questions:

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This was similar in spirit to the Google Question Hub (still in beta), which rolled out in testing in the United States earlier this year:

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However, unlike Google Question Hub, the Google Q&A search feature will not live on, as Google has begun letting users of the feature know it was going away this week on April 30:

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Of this change, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Land says:

"This was a popular feature for India based Google Search users. I believe this grew into what we now call the Question Hub, which is a great source of content ideas for publishers.

That being said, Google is constantly testing new features, and adapting those features based on how searchers use them. Since the Google Question Hub is not going away, I suspect some of the Q&A on Google might be replaced with the Question Hub functionality."

In short, while this specific feature may be going away, the Question Hub still remains a potential source of content ideas for publishers who are always on the hunt for something new to create content about, that meets an audience demand, before their competitors do. 

It also shows a continued refinement around the concept of what it means to do inbound marketing well, where you (as companies) rely upon jaw-dropping educational content to drive traffic, leads, and sales. More specifically, what you publish has to be centered around the needs of your buyers and the questions they are seeking answers to – not simply the questions you feel comfortable addressing. 

That's why "The Big 5" business blog topics have proven year after year to drive results across all industries practicing inbound marketing:

Bottom line, no matter what shape or form we may see this trend manifest in Google products (as well as those of other search engines), the questions of our buyers will always reign supreme. 

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What is Content Marketing? The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started

Master content marketing to drive more traffic, leads, and sales for your business than ever before

In this free guide, you’ll learn:

  • What should be in your content marketing toolbox
  • How content marketing is different in 2021
  • How to get started with content marketing and measure success

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