Small publications fear Google's AI Overviews

Google is one of the biggest AI companies in the world and it’s also the biggest search company in the world. That combination seems to be good, but it depends on who you are. Many small publication websites fear that Google’s AI Overviews pose a threat to their traffic. What are AI overviews? Well, you [...]Read More... from Small publications fear Google's AI OverviewsThe post Small publications fear Google's AI Overviews appeared first on Android Headlines.

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Google is one of the biggest AI companies in the world and it’s also the biggest search company in the world. That combination seems to be good, but it depends on who you are. Many small publication websites fear that Google’s AI Overviews pose a threat to their traffic.

What are AI overviews ? Well, you may know this as Google SGE (search generative experience). Basically, when you search for something on Google, you will receive an AI-generated rundown of the information you looked up. So, if you look up how to stay safe while climbing a mountain, rather than getting a list of websites with relevant information, you’ll get an AI-generated explanation.



The issue with this is the fact that those websites that you used to see depend on your traffic to receive ad revenue. Well, with Google’s AI overviews, people will be able to forgo going to those sites, and just get the information from the overview. Obviously, that is not something that people want to happen.

Small publications fear a drop in traffic thanks to Google’s AI overviews Google has been testing out AI overviews under the name SGE since last year. While it was a limited test, some sites have been seeing a palpable drop in traffic. The Washington Post pointed to Jake Boly, a strength coach who writes shoe reviews for a small website.

Well, he reported a whopping 96% drop in Google traffic last year. Either this is a result of Google’s AI experiments or humanity has suddenly evolved beyond the need for sh.