Google Tests Additional Sitewide Searchbox Within SERPs

Mar 5, 2008 • 9:16 am | comments (5) by twitter | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

Yesterday, I got a few tips about a new Google search box when you search for certain authority websites (e.g. Amazon, Wikipedia, YouTube, NYTimes, etc.) I haven't seen it myself but Barry was able to reproduce it and blogged about his findings at Search Engine Land. Here's a screenshot of what he saw:

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Why does that search box exist? As Matt Cutts says:

If you do a search like [imdb] it's often because you're looking for a specific movie page. So a search box helps you find and get to that page much faster.

Personally, I actually go to www.imdb.com and bypass Google entirely. But with the flurry of tips and people spotting this new change, I must be the anomaly. ;)

Most people are finding this useful, but one is a bit disturbed by this:

seems as if this is going to kill site search functions and (cough) greatly expand the google search network...

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Comments:

gabs

03/06/2008 03:18 pm

Load of them now.. http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hatfield+uni Most uni's in the UK have them.. :)

Suresh

03/07/2008 06:33 am

I also noticed it when I put a query for new your times. http://www.google.com/search?q=new+york+times&sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B3GGGL_enAU244AU245

chs

03/07/2008 05:41 pm

I would like to bring out a point that no one, points out, - i see this search within search feature as a way for Google to cross sell products / ‘MERCHANTS’, basically where this happens is that for example: I’m doing a search on Google for amazon.com > than I’m searching in the search within search box for apple on amazon.com [and the reason is because I like Amazon so I’m going directly to them] - try it out for yourself you will find that there is sponsored links on that page even if you are searching only from within amazon.com Now this is a way of being able for Google to make more money and promotes your competitors products on your search results page. - Just me observation –

Barry Schwartz

03/07/2008 05:52 pm

CHS, spot on. I was just talking with someone about that. Here is what I said: "it's just a new way for google to generate more searches and make more money --- or as they say, help a searcher find what they want" ;-)

andrew charles

03/15/2010 12:54 pm

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