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7:07 pm on Mar 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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In another post minapple recommended adding a search box that tracks what visitors search for.

As a non-programmer, I ask, are there any ready-made (preferably free) search boxes out there that one could copy?

9:42 pm on Mar 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You'll need a little know-how to install and configure any site search, but there are a few different options that will provide the information you're looking for.

The best thing to do is to dig around and look at a few demos. There are great suggestions on past threads here and many open source scripts can be found in popular script archives.

11:08 pm on Mar 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I've used Perlfect before, which is one of my favorites for static sites (not sure if it does dynamic sites or not). Anyway, besides being nicely customizable, it has an option to log all queries in an easily-readable flat file.
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You can connect Google Analytics to track your site search regardless of what tool is supplying the results. Not only can you see the search phrases, but you can tie them to usage/ecommerce metrics.
11:15 pm on Mar 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Matthew and arieng:
Thank you!
5:50 pm on Mar 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yep, the Google Analytics "site search" feature is great. Easy to setup.

Not only shows you the keywords users search for, but what pages they searched from and where they landed after searching. It's helped show us what pages needed work, what things to highlight, etc.

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Very Very simple to do with a bit of php.
7:54 pm on Mar 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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We used SiteSearch Pro a few times but have since switched to google's paid search as it integrates nicely with analytics.

[edited by: lorax at 8:06 pm (utc) on Mar. 4, 2009]
[edit reason] no urls please [/edit]

12:27 am on Mar 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Google Analytics offers a feature called Site Search which does exactly what you're asking.

SS data has proven to be extremely valuable for us.

 

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