Question: What are the search terms that pop up automatically as you type something into the browser URL bar? Are those top related searches?
Answer: Google Suggest refers to the terms that pop up as you type. They definitely come from searches put in by people who are searching. You can tell this from very recent, trending events. For example, recently everyone started buzzing about Michelle Obama’s bangs, and Google Suggest started suggesting that on search. So it’s clear it’s nearly a ‘real-time’ insight into search.
That said, the primary Google search tool is slower but gives volume and value (CPC) data, so it is more useful for basic SEO keyword work. Think of it as your stable SEO keyword tool and the Google suggest as your trending tool. (There is also a tool called ‘Google Trends.’
Related searches is somewhere in the middle. All of these combined are useful as you try to figure out how people search.
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