Google’s Zero-click. Threat or Opportunity

Google’s Zero-click. Threat or Opportunity

What is zero-click? It is when Google shows snippets of information contained in web pages right in the search results.

While this feature is a threat to website traffic, I think it is beneficial for users, and also presents an opportunity for digital marketers.

Threat to website traffic

If you have a website that relies on Adsense, then getting less traffic sounds really scary.

But I’m not sure the impact on income would be significant. It’s the Pareto principle. I think 80 percent of queries for facts and quick answers only account for 20% of the income.

Benefits to the user

I agree that features like this make Google seem monopolistic, but I don’t think they are being monopolistic. The feature does provide users with benefits.

Of course, getting answers quickly is one of the benefits. As a user, I actually don’t want to read a 500-word or longer article if the gist of the article fits in one sentence or paragraph.

But also, snippet information is useful when using virtual assistants. I use it when driving, cooking, and fact-checking my friends 😉

So I don’t think taking zero-clicks out would make everyone happy.


For digital marketers, I believe zero-click will result in less noise in our analytics data.

Which is good for advertising. We get visitors with a higher intent to convert into a lead, customer, subscriber, etc than someone looking for a quick answer to a question.

I look forward to fewer Session Recordings in FullStory of people who get the answer and leave. I look forward to lower bounce rates.

About the author

Michael Diez is the passionate owner and operator of M10DIGITAL, a digital marketing agency based in vibrant Miami, Florida.

With a deep-rooted commitment to problem-solving, Michael thrives on helping small businesses add significant value to their ventures by enhancing their brand, differentiating their product, and effectively communicating their unique value to their customers.