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How to add Google search to your blog

by Brian Brown (follow me on Twitter): February 17, 2007

Pjsearchbox Adding Google search for your blog is easy. Real easy. See the search box on Pajama Market? It's a Google search, but it only searches Pajama Market. Google is great and returns very accurate and relevant results for your search terms.

Not everyone can use Google search on their blog. You can only use it if Google is currently listing your blog in their regular searches, a process called "indexing." As long as your blog is "indexed" by Google, your blog can use a Google search. Being indexed by Google can take up to six months, but many blogs get indexed much faster, sometimes in as little as a week after they've been started.

Finding out if your blog is indexed by Google
Simply visit Google.com and do a search for your blog's name...like "pajamamarket". If your blog appears for this search, or for any search, then your blog has been indexed. Another way to tell is by checking your site statistics. If you notice that visitors are arriving at your blog because of a search they did in Google, then it must mean you are being indexed by Google (this is often how bloggers first discover that Google has indexed them).

Add the Google Search Typelist for Typepad blogs
To place a Google search on your blog, create a new notes-style Typelist called something like "Search" and add the following code for the Typelist's item:

<form method="get" action="http://www.google.com/search">
<div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="0">
<tr><td>
<input type="text"   name="q" size="20"
maxlength="255" value="" /><br>
<input type="submit" value="Search" /></td></tr>
<tr><td align="left">
<input type="checkbox"  name="sitesearch"
value="www.pajamamarket.com" checked /> only search PJ<br />
</td></tr></table>
</div>
</form>

Replace "www.pajamamarket.com" with your blog's URL, and replace "only search PJ" with "only search YOUR BLOG'S NAME." Click "Save" and you've just created your Typelist. After activating the typelist and deciding where in your sidebar you would like the search to appear (I recommend the very top), you can start using your new search tool.

That's it. You're done. Enjoy!

(PS: If you need some instruction on activating or ordering Typelists, just let me know in the comments. I'll be happy to point out where to go.)

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Comments

Great idea! There are many times when I've wanted to refer back to a post on some blog but can't remember the post's title. This is a great help.

BTW, did you know that Technorati also has a widget that does the same thing?

I used the Technorati search box when I first started blogging. I found that it didn't give me very good results. It depends on how regularly Technorati re-indexes your site, and it sometimes forgets about you for months. Yikes!

Also, it's a widget. I hate widgets (see my post earlier in the week about widgets).

The Google search rocks, plain and simple.

Nice. Definitely something I'm adding to my todo list. Thanks Brian.

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