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5:19 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Anyone else seeing a search box underneath the sitelinks on .co.uk just search microsoft. Is this just goog testing or will everyone with sitelinks get one?
9:33 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Looks horrid. Google was all about clean, simple design and clear results. That's what allowed them to kill the competition originally. This sort of thing looks like a big step backwards to me - the sort of thing, actually, which might give an 'upstart' new search engine great encouragement that Google could eventually meet real competition - probably from a simple engine doing what Google did originally so well, before the accountants stepped in!
1:50 am on Mar 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am seeing it here in California, same query with the first example.
2:06 am on Mar 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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As a user I think I like it. As a Google Custom Search client I'm not exactly thrilled. From an SEO perspective, talk about authority-looking to the average Joe...
2:23 am on Mar 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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strange nobody has mentioned the obvious.
seems as if this is going to kill site search functions and (cough) greatly expand the google search network...
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It will affect some site search functions, but I don't know that it will be a significant change. It's a change for a certain kind of search.

To get the search box, you need to search for the company/ organization/ or agency name, or the domain name with the tld, not always the way you'd enter a site.

Also, this only seems to be affecting very large or very high traffic sites, and definitely not all of them. Eg, irs.gov gets a box, albeit site:irs.gov shows only about 69,000 pages.

On the other hand, site:webmasterworld.com shows roughly 3.2 million pages, and doesn't get a search box.

site:un.org shows roughly 2.3 million pages, and does, as noted above, get a box.

But there are many major corporations and ecommerce sites with page counts in the millions that don't show up.

For Microsoft in the US, which, as noted, does return a box, site:microsoft.com shows some 16-million pages.

7:27 am on Mar 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This is a slippery slope, unless the companies are hand selected. irs.gov may deserve a special box for an IRS search, but favoring widgets.com over widgets.net or example.com/widgets/ is lame.
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This is a slippery slope...

I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you... but just to play devil's advocate here, is this any more slippery than Sitelinks? You could almost describe this as Sitelinks on steroids.

9:22 am on Mar 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It's a natural evolution SiteLinks and "More Results from [this site]."

Plus Google already offered Site Search on websites. It's like taking it off the sites and putting it back on Google.com.

Clean enough format. Very simple and efficient. It's better than "More Results from [this site]."

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But there are many major corporations and ecommerce sites with page counts in the millions that don't show up.

It does seem a bit random. I imagine that qualification is (at least partly) based on some actual site traffic data, either gathered from Analytics, the toolbar and/or search queries.

As a user I like it, but I'm not convinced that showing this for queries such as "Altavista" is appropriate. "Search altavista.com" doesn't really produce the results that I think most users would expect when they hit the button.

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i do not see anything :(

[edited by: tedster at 6:30 pm (utc) on Mar. 5, 2008]

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