Google Instant Search could be a pain for SEOs but not always. It can be useful for instant keyword research. The pain comes when you want to show more than 10 search results on a page and can’t find how to turn it off. In the beginning when Google launched Instant Search it used to show Instant is on to the right side of Search box. However people because cleverer and they started to turn it off. So some more clever arse in Google decided to hide it further from the visible eyes.
Even I was not aware of it and kept ignoring it. In IE it always used to grey out the Instant Search option when you go for Advanced Search option to change the settings to show more than 10 search results.
I looked around the search page to find out if there is any settings to get this nasty stuff fixed and then I discovered the settings.
There is a minute settings icon in the top right corner of the browser window. Click on that to reveal Search Settings and then from search settings page you can change the options.
However this is not it. There is more twist to this twisted settings. That small icon doesn’t appear all the time and in all browser. I only see that small icon in IE and not in other browsers, or may be in Chromes as well. But it certainly doesn’t show up in Firefox.
In Firefox it shows the text Search Settings
Just when you thought that is it, there is more to come. In IE that small setting icons only appears for Google.com and not for Google.co.uk where it shows the text.
LOL! sometimes Google can be a real pain in arse.