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Using Site Search as My Search

 8:46 pm on Mar 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'd like to offer search to my users via any of 3 main search engines and doing a site specific search. Do i need the search engine's permission? It seems like I could use

pulled_from_form_words site:www.myoldebookcommentary.com

to get

Dickens site:www.myoldebookcommentary.com and have the search engines be my own SITE search engine. I just want to know if anyone has seen chapter & verse on this being ok to do?





 1:42 am on Mar 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

Why not just use one of the site search engines offered by Google or Yahoo? They have custom engines that will allow your users to search your site.


 1:53 am on Mar 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

You will need permission to use anyone else's engine on your site - especially if you need to tweak the code to make it work.

The main engines - Google Yahoo etc., - not only give permission, they have a system set up to provide code tailor-made for your site.


 4:16 pm on Mar 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

I use Freefind for my site search. There are other free site search software packages out there too. The problem with Google or Yahoo is that they will only return links on your site that are indexed in their search results index.

I have a dynamic site where new pages are added every few days (the site is about 1500 pages now and growing). Visitors looking for information added in recent days may not be able to find it if I counted on it being in Google's or Yahoo's search results. It might take several days to a week to be included in their index. With Freefind, I can rebuild the search index of my site's web pages anytime I want.


 9:33 am on Mar 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

I would recommend the Google services, free for non-commercial applications and very easy to implement. Plus: Major search engines offer probably the most sophisticated SE technology (=best search results).


 3:56 pm on Mar 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hello wolfadeus,

When you say Google services - some free & some not - which ones do you mean? Do you use these, too?

wrgvt - thanks for the heads up

Thanks to all!


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