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Google Offers "No Ads" Site Search to Small Business

$100 a year for no-ad search

   
9:04 am on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Haven't seen it discussed here yet. Sounds very interesting, just wonder if it will allow decent customisation of the results or it will be rather like the co-op search. Also I wonder if it forces google to index the whole of your site or just works on the stuff it has already indexed...

9:22 am on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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For the basic $100 a year fee, Google's Custom Search Business Edition will sift through up to 5,000 web pages. Larger websites can pay $500 per annum to search as many as 50,000 web pages.

"If you have a web site, we already crawl your web site," said Google Enterprise product manager Nitin Mangtani.
"Now we are saying you don't have to manage search within your site." According to Mr Mangtani, companies should be able to customise the new Google search engine within about 10 minutes.

I have a couple clients at this level who outsource their site search, and spend almost four times that amount. The service they get allows them to tweak their own algo within 10 factors or so. If Google's service also allows different weighting of various factors (including meta keywords) this new site search offering could be a winner.

11:34 am on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I would pay even more provided Google will include every page on my website while serving the results. While I love Google in every way, but when it chooses to not include certain pages or put some into supplemental index (fine for its general index), I don't think I will pay it to search an incomplete index.
12:28 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yes, no one wants their own site search to put pages into supplementals. I hope they will remove this from personal site search.
12:57 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I wonder if they will provide query information as well? With the current search, you get *some* query information (when the report works, which it doesn't for me right now) but some of my clients make extensive use of that, so it would need to be pretty complete.
1:34 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google Custom Search Business Edition [google.com]

Specify and prioritize the site(s) and/or pages you want to include in your index

It looks like they've got everything covered.

2:18 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo/IBM collaborated on a search tool for small and medium sized business... and it is free. Works pretty well too. I installed it at my last job and it got rave reviews. Of course it was replacing a sub-par search system... but I was impressed with the product.
2:46 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Just a question guys

Surely the searchs being paid for DO NOT enter the google general search index,

I appears like google offering a google powered search box for large sites like say the bbc, cnn, wikipedia

Okay, the info garnered might well enter the main index , but in view of recent problems with really large publishers like newspapers

I wonder if the main search division would not be kept separate from this "service search division"

just a thought, i am probably reading it wrong

2:54 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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While reading their FAQ's they address the question about WHAT pages are included in the CSBE. It sounds like only the pages that have been indexed by the REGULAR google search bots will appear in your custom business edition.

"Although we index billions of webpages and are constantly working to increase the number of pages we include, we can't guarantee that we'll crawl all of the pages of a particular site. While we can't guarantee that all pages of a site will consistently appear in our index, and therefore be available for search with CSBE, we do offer our guidelines for maintaining a Google-friendly site."

For full answer see [google.com...]

4:23 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)



Sounds pretty simple to me: If your small-business site is already crawled and indexed thoroughly by Google, the "no ads" search product may be useful. If not, it won't be.
6:59 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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We use the Google Mini, but even that doesn't have a way to weigh pages over other ones, although you can insert specific links for specific queries. I wonder if there is an update coming to the hardware buyers.
7:11 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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We add new products to our web store every day. What's the point of sitemaps and a paid service if you can't have every page you want searchable?
8:15 pm on Jul 17, 2007 (gmt 0)



We add new products to our web store every day. What's the point of sitemaps and a paid service if you can't have every page you want searchable?

No product or service is right for everyone. If the suit doesn't fit, find one that does.

5:56 pm on Jul 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'd glad to hear about this. It looks perfect for my needs.

Has anyone tried it yet? I'd like to hear how it works for different people.

4:57 pm on Aug 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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"Has anyone tried it yet? I'd like to hear how it works for different people"

Mee too. Looking for a different site search for a new site to be launched in September. The reading I have done indicates it is probably not a good idea to use this Google search in my case?