Google Confirms it’s Showing Zero Web Listings for Certain Searches

Google zero search results are back yet again, returning no web links for certain types of queries on the mobile platform…

For some time now, Google has shown zero search listing results for specific queries. Most notably, these include time, conversions, and calculations. Google hides web links when it’s confident it can answer queries without the need for elaboration.

Google Zero Search Results are Back for Select Queries

Google zero search results pertain to cut-and-dry queries. For instance, here’s a screenshot of the current time in New Hampshire:

time in New Hampshire

When substituted for Tokyo, here’s what returns:

time in Tokyo

However, it’s different when it comes to New York, since it’s considered two different queries:

time in New York

Now, here’s an example of a conversion:

Fahrenheit to Celsius

And, here’s a screenshot of a simple calculation:

calculator

Here’s a statement Google provided Search Engine Land about the feature:

“As always, our goal with search is to help people quickly find the most relevant information. For queries where we have extremely high confidence that a user is seeking a calculation, unit conversion or local time, we will show a single result to improve load time on mobile. Since our initial experiment in February, we worked to remove ads and improve the triggering quality for this experience to be sure that we’re serving users what they’re looking for, and we will still provide the option to tap to see more results.”

Owen E. Richason IV

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