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Today you’ll see a new and improved sitelinks search box. When shown, it will make it easier for users to reach specific content on your site, directly through your own site-search pages.
What’s this search box and when does it appear for my site?
When users search for a company by name—for example, [Megadodo Publications] or [Dunder Mifflin]—they may actually be looking for something specific on that website. In the past, when our algorithms recognized this, they'd display a larger set of sitelinks and an additional search box below that search result, which let users do site: searches over the site straight from the results, for example [site:example.com hitchhiker guides].
This search box is now more prominent (above the sitelinks), supports Autocomplete, and—if you use the right markup—will send the user directly to your website's own search pages.Google Changes Sitelinks Search Box Taking You Straight To a Site's Own Search Pages [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com]
You need to have a working site-specific search engine for your site. If you already have one, you can let us know by marking up your homepage as a schema.org/WebSite entity with the potentialAction property of the schema.org/SearchAction markup. You can use JSON-LD, microdata, or RDFa to do this; check out the full implementation details on our developer site.
However, for one of major retailer, after entering search term into Siteling Search Box, I was taken directly to the retailer's search results page (on retailrer's site) which was not Google custom search.
And this one also had autocomplete? Interesting. I'm still not seeing it except for sites that are just going to site:example.com results.
I've heard hints that there's something in the schema SearchAction that can set the results page
"query-input": "required name=search_term"
But NONE of retailers had Google Custom Search on their website.
'The sitelinks search box appears only for navigational queries and when relevant for users. Google algorithms use a variety of factors to determine when the box appears, including the information on the site and different types of navigational queries from Search users'
So far I'm not seeing anything come up in autocomplete in the search box for my site. I'm wondering if that data will come from what people actually search for in that box and maybe that's why there isn't anything being suggested yet?
"The sitelinks search box appears only for navigational queries and when relevant for users"
Because I can see so many auto-complete queries for my site
Now I'm just worried about the competitor part
I haven't been able to find one yet that is showing auto-complete AND using the redirected search.
In the other thread, you asked about ads appearing. Yes, ads will appear in the results if you are not using your own search just like any other Google search.
Get results only from certain sites or domains. For example, you can find all mentions of "Olympics" on the NBC website, or any .gov websites.Now, why there should be ads running is not acceptable.
[edited by: aakk9999 at 12:08 pm (utc) on Sep 24, 2014]
[edit reason] Exemplified domain names. Sorry, they may lead to a public domains reviews [/edit]
They are appearing with my site-specif auto-complete too
Yes, the point I was missing is that Google doesn't add the auto-complete to all site search functions. It only supports auto-complete when auto-complete is built into the site-specific search.
I'm having a hard time imagining how Google could add its own auto-complete to the Sitelinks Search Box and return the same results the site-specific search engine would return.
As the sitelinks search box appeared with auto-complete queries right under my domain in Google search, I thought Google could have had a better understanding of our site as we had been using Google custom search engine for a very long period of time and started using its own auto-complete. Does that make sense at all?!?
The current site-specific search engine doesn't support auto-complete. As my understanding with auto-complete, they should appear when someone is performing a site search right? I don't see any auto-complete when I'm performing a site search.