Automatic Synonym Suggestions for Better Search

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Navigating through an e-commerce platform, users expect a smooth, frictionless journey from query to purchase. However, encountering a “no results found” page disrupts this journey, often leading to frustration and, in many instances, user departure. A staggering 68% of e-commerce platforms inadvertently guide their users to a dead-end, offering no alternative solutions or pathways upon a no-hit search result. This is not a mere inconvenience but a critical misstep in the user journey, especially considering that only a slim 2.17% of e-commerce visits culminate in purchases.

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Moreover, the necessity for precise terminology further complicates the user search experience. A notable 70% of the top e-commerce sites fail to return relevant results for product type synonyms, demanding users to employ the exact jargon utilized on the site. Furthermore, 34% of these platforms do not yield useful results when users search using a model number or encounter a minor misspelling in a product title. This precision requirement can inadvertently exclude a wide array of potential customers who may utilize alternative, yet relevant, search terms.

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The impact of a no-hit result extends beyond a single user interaction. A mere 20% of users will refine their search input if the initial attempt doesn’t yield the desired results, and a concerning 21% would immediately abandon the platform after an unsuccessful search. This not only results in lost sales but also risks losing a customer to competing platforms, potentially permanently. The “nothing found” page is not merely a UX hurdle; it’s a barrier that can significantly dampen conversion rates and customer retention, especially considering that a frustrating search experience can lead to a substantial churn rate of up to 68%.
Enter AddSearch’s Automatic Synonym Suggestions, a feature designed to elegantly sidestep the “no-hit” scenario, ensuring that your users are seamlessly guided to their desired results, even when exact keyword matches elude them. In this post, we delve into the tangible impact of no-hit results on user experience and explore how Automatic Synonyms, powered by sophisticated AI, provides a robust solution, ensuring that every search yields relevant results, keeping your users engaged, satisfied, and on the path to conversion.

Automatic Synonym Suggestions from AddSearch

AddSearch’s Automatic Synonym Suggestions drastically reduces user encounters with no-hit results on your platform by automatically identifying and applying relevant synonyms to initial no-hit keywords. Utilizing OpenAI and ChatGPT, it checks synonyms for contextual relevance, ensuring search results remain accurate and pertinent. Importantly, Auto Synonyms supports multiple languages, ensuring coherent search results for a global user base, enhancing user experience across various languages and regions.

How Automatic Synonym Suggestions works

Navigating through the intricacies of user search patterns and behaviors, Auto Synonyms operates with a level of finesse that ensures users are always met with relevant and meaningful search results. Let’s demystify the process and explore how this feature, embedded with intelligent mechanisms, enhances the search experience on your platform.

Identifying no-hit keywords: The journey begins when a user inputs a keyword that yields no results. Auto Synonyms identifies these no-hit keywords as opportunities to expand and refine the search experience, ensuring that future searches with the same keyword do not hit a dead end.

Synonym search: Upon identifying a no-hit keyword, Auto Synonyms consults a semantic dictionary to find potential synonyms. This step is crucial in expanding the search parameters and identifying alternative terms that users might employ.

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Search against index: The identified synonyms are then used to perform a search against the site index. This step ensures that the synonyms correlate with existing content and products on your platform, providing a relevant alternative to the initial keyword.

Contextual relevance check with ChatGPT: Utilizing the capabilities of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Auto Synonyms checks the contextual relevance of the identified synonyms against the initial no-hit keyword. This ensures that the synonyms not only match in terms of language but also align with the user’s potential intent.

Synonym application: Once a synonym passes the contextual relevance check, it is applied to the initial no-hit keyword. Future searches with this keyword will now yield results based on the identified and verified synonym, ensuring a seamless and frustration-free user experience.

Through this process, Auto Synonyms doesn’t just prevent no-hit scenarios; it learns, adapts, and evolves, ensuring that your site search is not static but is continuously improving, becoming more attuned to the varied and dynamic language of your users. In the next section, we’ll explore the tangible value that Auto Synonyms brings to your platform, enhancing user experience, and facilitating smoother customer journeys.

The Value of Automatic Synonym Suggestions in enhancing user experience

Navigating the digital marketplace demands a user-centric approach, especially when it comes to search functionality. Auto Synonyms addresses this by ensuring that users consistently find relevant results, even with varied terminology, thereby enhancing their overall experience on your platform.

Direct correlation with user satisfaction: Users expect to find what they are looking for without friction or dead-ends. Auto Synonyms eliminates potential roadblocks in digital navigation, ensuring that users are not deterred by misphrased searches or varied terminology.

Potential impact on conversions: Given that only 2.17% of e-commerce site visits lead to purchases, optimizing every user interaction, especially searches, is crucial. Auto Synonyms supports the user’s path to conversion by always providing relevant search results, reducing the chances of exit due to unsuccessful searches.

Enhanced user engagement: The ability of a platform to understand and respond to user search patterns and language nuances fosters deeper engagement. Users, feeling understood by the platform, are encouraged to explore further, interacting more extensively with available content and products.

Reducing user exit rates: Considering that 21% of users might abandon a website after an unsuccessful search, Auto Synonyms plays a crucial role in preventing such scenarios, ensuring that every search yields relevant results and keeps users on the platform.

Automatic Synonym Suggestions not only finds alternatives for no-hit keywords but also significantly contributes to maintaining user interest and navigation, providing a smooth and intuitive journey from discovery to decision-making.

Implementing AddSearch Automatic Synonym Suggestions: A user-friendly approach

Straightforward integration

Integrating Auto Synonyms into your AddSearch setup is straightforward and direct. The feature, once activated, autonomously identifies and applies synonyms, enhancing your platform’s search functionality without requiring continuous manual input or extensive backend work.

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Activating Automatic Synonym Suggestions on your platform is as simple as toggling a switch on your search dashboard.

Support and complementary features

AddSearch provides ongoing support and resources to ensure Auto Synonyms aligns with your platform’s needs and user expectations. Moreover, AddSearch offers a suite of AI-driven features that complement Auto Synonyms, such as “Frequently Bought Together” recommendations, “Personalization” for tailored user experiences, and “Progressive Ranking” to continuously optimize search results. These features work in tandem to provide a comprehensive, intelligent search solution that is not only functional but also robust and user-centric.

Adapting to future needs

Auto Synonyms adapts to the changing digital environment, ensuring your site search remains relevant and user-friendly as your offerings expand and diversify, thereby maintaining a consistent and satisfying user experience.


Effective search functionality is crucial in the digital space. AddSearch’s Auto Synonyms intelligently tackles no-hit search results, utilizing AI to autonomously enhance user searches with relevant synonyms. This not only improves user satisfaction but also smoothly guides them from search to conversion, proving that a smart, adaptive search mechanism is not just strategic but essential.

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