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Search Suggestion Based on User-refer
A good idea to enhance user experience

 3:13 am on Jun 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

people sometimes meet with your site with search engine's results, they found that result basically with a search new word(phrase).

I have met with such a occasion, that a site utilize the search word scratched from client's refer record, they said:
your piror search words "web-analytic novel experience" matched 4,341 results in our site, view the results here.

Has someone met with such a phenomenon? Or do you have opposite idea against it.



 9:35 am on Jun 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

Neroliang, welcome to W.W.

Well, since you ask for opposite ideas:

"Oops, they are actively spying on my surfing and throwing cloaked content on me. Yikes! Where's the BACK button ..." click.

Kind regards


 7:37 pm on Jun 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have used this technique only in the case where a search engine made a mistake and sent visitors to the absolutely-wrong page on my site. I put a temporary redirect in place to correct the problem until the search engine re-indexed the site and corrected the problem in their search results.

Be cautious, because major search engines may see this as a 'tricky redirect' or cloaking, and several of them specifically forbid it.



 3:52 am on Jun 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yes, that's the very occasion that I would mention here.
When the search engine introduce a visitor to my forum, if the post has been deleted for some season, a problem occured.

Usually We show up with a apologizing message, with a search bar for user to attain other content, but after some analysis of the web log, we found people drawed out in most cases.

I hope to implement such a technology to such a occasion, Can you do me a favor in offering some examples that runs in the internet.

Thanks in advance.


 4:56 am on Jun 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Battlemedia is a major site so I think it's fair to use it as an example. ;)

John Battelle has an implementation of this where if you arrive on his site it'll show what Google deems relevant, but his site will also show, in a sidebar, other articles that are related.

You can see it in action by Googling John Battelle + [some search/internet industry related keywords]


 3:39 pm on Jun 29, 2008 (gmt 0)


I can't give you an example, but the basic technique would be to use PHP or PERL to examine the server variable HTTP_REFERER, and if the referrer is a search engine, extract the search parameters passed in the referrer (e.g. q=search+string+from+google), call your on-site search function with the words/phrases found in that search string, and then display the results so that the visitor can choose an appropriate page on your site.


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