View Poll Results: Do you provide a search function on your main portal website?

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  • Search is not offered on my main site and I currently have no plans to add a search function.

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  • Search is not offered on my main site but I would like to add it in the future.

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  • I provide a text search function using Google Custom Search.

    3 15.00%
  • I provide a text search for within forums on my site using the forum software.

    3 15.00%
  • I provide text search using some other solution (please share it with us in a post).

    2 10.00%
  • I provide a custom database search function (please tell us about it in a post).

    4 20.00%
  • Something else (please share it with us in a post).

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    Question Do you provide a search function on your main portal website?

    The GPWA website provides several types of search functions.

    • There is a forum search function provided by vBulletin
    • There is a search function in the affiliate program section of the site where you can search for online gaming sites based on a variety of criteria including whether the site accepts players from a particular country and what payment methods are available for to affiliates for their promotion efforts.
    • There is a search function in the portals section of the site that lets you search for portal sites by types of games and by keyword.


    I asked about providing search functions on portal sites a little over a decade ago, but that is ancient history now, so I though it was time to once again ask members here whether or not they provide a search function on their site, and if they do, what type of search function. Maybe you let visitors to your site search it using google (for information about Google Custom Search visit cse.google.com), maybe you use some text-based search on your site, maybe you have a forum search function if you have a forum, or maybe you have a custom search function using information in a database.

    Share with us your thoughts on search on your sites, and tools you think are helpful in providing search functionality.

    Michael

    P.S. The decade-old poll on this topic is here: Do you provide a search function on your portal website?
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    If it is a website with lots of content and traffic then it makes sense.
    A basic non-Google search is fine but if your website can't have that then a Google one might be a good solution.

    Has anyone noticed any benefits of using a Google search bar on your website? Besides the obvious one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PokCas View Post
    Has anyone noticed any benefits of using a Google search bar on your website? Besides the obvious one.
    I think you need pretty significant traffic to make anything tangible out of it, in a previous (corporate) life I looked after a website that was preinstalled as the default website that opened when internet explorer (shows how long ago!) was launched. Into 6 figures of traffic per day and putting a google search bar on the site used to ahieve around 1200 per month in revenue.

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    Few months ago we ran an extensive research about usage of search feature on our websites. After gathering enough data (mostly provided by heatmaps and analytics) we've decided to completely remove it from sidebars, as majority of users never used it.

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    For a forum or a blog it makes sense to offer a search facility. Anything else, IMO it's a waste of space. Used it on a large blog I had, and it was used quite often. Other than that, if it's on by default in a WP theme, it's one of the first things I trash these days.
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    We have a search bar on our main site to search within the site itself as we have recently relaunched it so its quite a big site ( brazen plug - https://www.topbossgroup.com but I personally tend to use the search function the most I think, as its handy for SEO efforts when I want to check my own titles etc. Whether it adds value to visitors at this stage is too soon to tell as its only been up a few weeks.

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    of course.

    logging searches (they are viewable in analytics...) can inform your content marketing strategy - shedding light on gaps in your content coverage that could be developed to harness organic traffic and of course provide value to readers, with calls to actions to also monetise or lead-capture visitors.

    less bounce = more conversions..
    plus, marketing is supposed to be data-driven.. so throwing actionable data like this away when there is no overhead in collecting it seems suboptimal.
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    Text search across the website

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    I have it on by default in my wp theme, not sure if anyone else apart from me uses it though.
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    I have a couple of different search functions on GambleRock. There is a wordpress search for the site's pages and blog posts. Then there's a forum search for the gambling forums. Last is a member search feature for member profiles.
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    I'm using search by post names across site.

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    I used to have one but hardly anyone used it, so I removed it. Whenever I want to search a specific search term on any site, I will just use google.
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    I don't think anyone would use it so no.

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    I have one but that was before I was properly tagging and categorising my articles and I wanted a way for them to be found easy. I may now remove it though...

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    I have one on my site. It gets used a bit and as posted by somebody else above it provides analytics of what people are searching. If it’s getting searched regular enough and it’s not on the site then it gets added.

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    We use article names and keyword searches throughout the site.

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