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I want users that come to my site to be able to put in search terms, and get back relevant results. How can I do this, and is there a free way for me to do it? Or am I gonna have to go out and buy someones software to make this feature happen.
I would think that it is some sort of cgi script, that goes thru and creates somesort of index based on either the html of the pages (content), or uses the meta tags, or maybe both. Am I on the right path???
PS I hope I put this in the right place, couldnt find anywhere else to post this that seemed more appropriate. ;)
For most sites, a free service is more than adequate.
I like Atomz [atomz.com] as you can create a template to look exactly like your pages for the SERP's and in general it's a good alround service.
Google also offer a service for free, though this only works if you're already indexed.
I'm not sure you'll find anything that hasn't been mentioned here.