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Google Custom Search Turns 3, Rolls Out 3 New Features

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Google Custom Search Turns 3, Rolls Out 3 New Features

With it its 3 years of existence, Google Custom Search now has more than a million users serving many tens of millions of search queries daily. Google  Custom Search is also now among the top two widgets available online, used by not only small business entities but some big content network as well. And to celebrate its third year anniversary, Google has just rolled out three new useful features of its Custom Search engine.

Here’s a quick rundown of each of these new Google Custom Search features:

Custom Search Themes — you can now select from among a set of layouts and styles to use for your search results pages.  The theme are easily customizable and won’t lock you into the same uniform format. In addition, a compact mobile layout was also introduced that would look great on Android-powered phone, iPhone, Palm Pre and even on an iPod Touch.

Structured Custom Search — Google Custom Search results will now render thumbnails and actions. You can now also restrict your search results according to these attributes based on the metadata that you provide . Hence a truly structured results for your Custom Search engine.

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Wikipedia Custom Search Skin — Google now puts search across all Wikipedia articles hence providing your users with highly contextual search results when searching within Wikipedia. It will also provide users with topical results based on the link they can find on the Wikipedia article that they are currently reading.  Wikipedia Contextual Search is the subject of another blog post at the Google Official Blog.

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Arnold Zafra

Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google, Ask.com, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web ... [Read full bio]

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