Question by Bethany Leyshon: How to change google auto-populated search info?
My boss is a Realtor, and she changed offices from one broker to another approx 12 months ago. When I do a search for her name (Diane Peltier) on Google, I get the auto-fill option to have it search for “Diane Peltier Keller Williams”. Well, that is her old office, and she wants me to change or delete the auto-populated response for her, but I have no idea how. Is it possible to make changes to that? I tried googling for info, but I’m not sure what that auto-populated search function is officially called.
Any help is appreciated, Thanks
Answer by Vic
There’s two features on Google search.
“AutoComplete” is the one that drops down a box with suggestions as you type the search query.
“Google Instant” takes it a step further and actually changes the first page of results as you type the search query.
I’m assuming you’re asking about AutoComplete.
You cannot control what appears in here. It is based upon word/phrase association in the pages that Google has found when it has been crawling the web, and possibly to some lesser extent on global search trends.
At best you can report inappropriate suggestions to Google to get them removed, but by inappropriate I mean something rude or offensive or criminal.
The fact it suggests your boss’ previous broker is an indication that Google is in fact doing its job correctly, because it has previously found that text associated with her name on pages that may still be live.
In time it will suggest her new office. The more times it finds her name associated with her new office on web pages, blogs, etc., the more likely it is to suggest her new office.
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