Google officially dropped Q&A Section on Google in Search Results
With Search Engine Land, Google has announced that it is removing the search feature on Google. This was initially launched in India in 2019 for searches, and now Google tells those who have submitted questions or answers that it will leave.
A Google spokesman told us, this does not affect the Google Query Hub functionality, but simply affects users’ ability to respond when people ask questions in Google Search. Google Query Hub is a forum for publishers to view search queries and address these questions with the creation of new websites.
What goes away is the opportunity to contribute directly to these queries for Google Search users, but Question Hub is not gone.
The notice. @ujeshkrishnan shared a screenshot of the notice he received from Google about this going away, here is that screenshot:
Impacting India. Google told us that this feature was only available in India for a select set of topics. Again, this is not impacting the overall Question Hub feature according to Google. Google said that users who submitted answers were notified so they can download their contributions via Google Takeout.
What it looked like. Here is a screenshot I posted in 2019 of the Q&A on Google feature, but the user interface has changed over the years.
Why we care: This was a common feature for Google Search users based in India. I think this is what we now call the Question Hub, which is a major source of content ideas for publishers. That said, Google actively tests new features and adapts them to the way searchers use them.
As the Google Question Hub does not go away, I suspect that some of the Google Q&A features might be replaced with the Question Hub feature.