In the beginning, Google matched the words in a searcher's query to the words on a web page and ranks those pages (roughly) based on how many external links each had. Over the years, Google's algorithms have evolved in numerous ways, including with how Google figures out what the searcher is really looking for. Now, for instance, when you search for [U2], not only does Search Engine Land Executive News Editor Matt McGee's site appear at the top of the results (go Matt!), but so do images and video from the band even though the words "images" or "videos" weren't in the query.
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