If you do a lot of Google searches (who doesn’t?), you may see ‘People Also Search For’ (PASF) when digging up information on a variety of topics. It’s something to pay attention to when doing your website’s search engine optimization or SEO.
The box that you see on search engines for People Also Search For has been around for a long time. But it became much more important for website rankings in Google after 2018.
These days, PASF as well as ‘Searches Related To’ are fantastic tools for companies wanting to find relevant keywords that consumers are using in their searches. You and your SEO team can come up with tons of content ideas that Google itself thinks are of interest in your niche.
Let’s take an up-close look at PASF today, as well as how much it has changed over time. We’ll also detail how your SEO team can get the most out of it to get more qualified traffic to your site.
Most of us don’t know about the history of People Also Search For. No one ever heard of the phrase a decade ago, but now it’s super important, as are knowledge graphs.
Google has a lot to say about PASF, so it’s wise to listen to them. One Googler said recently that it’s possible for Google to answer a question before the searcher even asks. The facts that are shown are a result of what other users are looking for in that subject.
Back in the day, the PASF box was a sort of free agent, especially for searches related to films and related topics. It wasn’t even connected to the knowledge graph. PASF was just at the bottom of the search page results with related images and topics. But smart SEOs can use PASF to boost their Google ranking position.
These days, PASF is usually above Google’s related search field. So, it’s quite simple for consumers to see the differences that the search engine is making for the two features, although they’re very similar.
PASF can provide plenty of options for various topics that are related to a Google search. But Searches Related can offer answers that are more specific.
To put it simply, the earlier versions of PASF provided answers by looking at the things we like in film or music. Following that logic, Google would give us answers that seem to mirror our tastes. But Searches Related just shows varying results for people who asked the same thing.
This all disappeared in 2016. As it is today, the PASF box that was a ‘free agent’ a few years ago is back with the knowledge graph. So, it seems there are two boxes with the same functionality but aren’t called PASF.
And that is what has given us PASF as it is this year. The one we see today, a new type of PASF, has changed a lot. In the latest version, thumbnail images are taken out and every related topic is shown as an organic result. Some say the new version is a mix of PASF and Searches Related.
A lot of research has been done on PASFs and there is much to be learned by studying the data. One survey found that the PASF box shows for about 60% of 15k SERPS that were watched for a week on PCs.
The result change a lot when checked for mobile, though. PASFs showed up more than 85% of the time when mobile and PC were combined.
The stats show that PASF isn’t just an experiment that Google has tried for a bit and may do away with. No, the chances are that PASF will continue to be used and expanded.
Another survey found that 8.8 PASF boxes for every SERPs appear for one keyword. It’s also intriguing that SERPs with as many as 10 People Also Search for showed up even more often. It was also determined that most search results featured PASFs in the top 10!
It is hard to find out where one search page ends and another starts because rank clustering suggests that PASF is highly related to page 1 results.
We can’t say for sure why this is. But we do know the PASF box for PC doesn’t show as many topics when you compare it to PASFs on mobile phones. Stats show that about 95% of PASF boxes on mobile had eight topics, while 96% of PASF boxes on PC had six topics. The others had between two and five. But the #1 isn’t seen because the search engine understand things don’t work as well when there is only one result.
Smart SEOs can get ahead of their competitors by expanding the content on their website to answer PASFs. You can do this by writing interesting content that is related to what you sell or promote, but also answer PASFs.
Also, if you find that people are bouncing when they come to your site, take another look at PASFs for your common keywords. This suggests you should make the page more interesting and informative for these readers.
Choosing one of these to focus on isn’t needed. No need to pick and choose. Just make your website content more informative and longer so people find out more information. If you produce content that gives results for PASF and PAA, you’ll get more people coming to your site. This also will build trust for your site and brand, which are huge helps in Google’s eyes.
It is clear to us that PASF is an incredibly important part of Google search results today! If you want to gain a better search rank, your SEO experts would do well to focus on answering those questions well on your websites.
Hopefully, you have a clear idea of what to do with PASFs to ensure you get the best possible qualified traffic.