Google Tests Search Box within Search Results

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Both Search Engine Land and TechCrunch are reporting that Google search results page are showing additional search boxes within search results. The search box usually appears if you search for big sites comprised of networks of microsites. If you enter a search term into the search box, Google crawls the sites microsites and display the search results.

I don’t know if it was just me or my Firefox browsers, but when I tried searching for Amazon, Wikipedia and New York Times as examples of site search displaying the additional search box, it just won’t appear. But when I tried using IE7, the entered the same site search, the search box was there. Pardon my ignorance with this web browser thingie.

Anyways, other sites which have the additional search box within their search results include:

  • Bloomberg
  • Wikipedia
  • BestBuy
  • NYT
  • Amazon
  • Microsoft (really?)
  • Associated Press
  • Asus International

Have you seen any other site searches which display the search box I’m talking about? There’s no word yet from the official Google Blog as to what this search box is all about.

Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google, Ask.com, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
Arnold Zafra
  • http://edou-abok.blogspot.com Jimmy

    Yes Arnold. You are right. I tried few of the sites and they are sowing the search field with the result.
    We can make note of the sites below;
    Accenture
    NDTV
    National Geographic
    NASA

    I hope for sure that this search box/field is for the big sites. Thanks for the information.

  • http://www.gseo.in/ Senthil

    Arnold I tried few of the sites and they are showing the search field with the result.

    Sulekha
    Sify
    Naukri

  • http://www.tayaenterprise.com Amir Estawro

    I’m guessing that this feature has to do with Google’s custom search engine as i think all their clients has the option of the inner search box or “More results from …” link .

  • http://www.signonsandiego.com Vandy

    It seems to be working now in both Firefox and IE, and it looks great for our newspaper site, the San Diego Union-Tribune!

    I checked it on a couple of our local competitors, SD Reader and the North County Times, which are a bit smaller than us, and no search box.

  • http://techwhack.com Sushubh

    youtube

  • http://www.blahblahtech.com/2008/02/google-sitelinks-explained.html Wayne Smallman

    I wonder if this is going to get combined with Google’s Sitelinks?

  • http://www.roodlicht.com Ric van Westhreenen

    I tested this and found:

    Alibaba.com
    TV.com

    It looks like it is limited to US websites at the moment and only Google.com.

  • http://www.emailappenders.com/ Brian

    I am wondering why it is not happening in case of ebay

  • http://ledastray.co.uk Laura Francis

    I found it this morning for a local estate agent

    http://icanhaz.com/searchysearch

    In Firefox on a PC. Am most stunned. They don’t seem to have a site search on their site.

  • http://matt-cutts.blogspot.com/2008/03/google-analytics-vs-piwik.html Pratheep

    Let me add some websites to the list,

    ubuntu
    open office
    sourceforge

    Some more websites related to open source. Google always prefer open source.

    The sad thing is, either mac or apple doesn’t have a search box!!!

    Pratheep

  • http://www.kapirisk.com Christophe Odin

    I have seen a search box for rootsweb , I have made a screen copy on http://www.kapirisk.com/dotclear/index.php/2008/04/10/23-search-integre-aux-resultats-de-google

  • http://www.propertygenie.co.za William Fence

    Google made an official announcement about this:

    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/search-within-site-tale-of.html

    Seems you can’t add it yourself – like site links. They decide which sites need it

  • http://www.carloatyourservice.com Carlo/Carlo At Your Service Productions

    Yes, Restoration Hardware (a retailer). Also, for your review… I found this link; http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/search-within-site-tale-of.html