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However one catch I have is I don't really want this tool to index some of my landing pages. I have pages that I use for promotions that are on the site, but I don't really want them indexed as "content" per se for obvious reasons.
Any suggestions of the best tools to do this would be appreciated.
along with a robots.txt that blocks the pages you don't want indexed.
If I understand you correctly by including the robots.txt on the pages I don't want found the internal search will ignore those pages when it someone types in a search for something if it comes across that?
I use Freefind for my site search (I can rebuild the site index any time I want), but I don't know if you can tell it not to add certain pages to the index.
One install on a server lets you use it on any number of sites by adding a config file and a PERL script for each. Runs off a CRON. Try swish-e (dot) org
Another that is supposed to be even faster us Swish++, but I've never tried it. It's on Sourceforge.
At my last "real job" I installed a free search engine from Yahoo/IBM. Omni search or something like that. It was software based and worked quite well. And it was free.