If you’re in search of something particular on a company’s website, what’s the quickest and easiest way to find it? Use the search bar, of course. Internal site search is an important part of the user experience.
Aside from making it easier for visitors to quickly find what they need, having a search bar on your website improves search engine optimization and also helps boost conversion rates. Research from eConsultancy (summarized in a recent Moz article) shows 30 percent of website visitors will perform an on-site search, and those who do are twice as likely to convert. Many companies have a search bar right in the header area of their sites and most have utilized Google’s tools to accomplish this.
However, you can no longer purchase Google Site Search (GSS), and by April 1, 2018, it will be completely shut down. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Google Site Search that are worth considering. We’ve done some homework so you don’t have to.
The Best Google Site Search Alternatives
(Free? | http://zoomd.com/) . We tested the demo on a website I own and it seems very promising and easy to setup. It appears to have an ad supported system with revenue sharing, but we’ve ranked it near the bottom due to lack of information.
- Algolia has two plans: one is free but would display the Algolia logo and the other is $35 a month without the logo.
- Algolia allows up to 10,000 records with the free option and up to 50,000 pages indexed with the paid.
- Our Costs – Our cost would be $300 to install (one-time discount rate). With the free plan, there would be no ongoing costs but you would have a logo on your site.
- More Info – https://www.algolia.com/