Many of us today have a website. Some of them function as blogs, some are link repositories, and some are just shrines to our interests, but all of them have content of some kind. And when people come to our site, they want to be able to find the content they’re looking for:
“Where is that great article he wrote comparing the Zune to the iPod?”
“I want to find that article he wrote on tips for new Twitter users. Where do I start?”
So where do I start?
You can start here: http://search.live.com/siteowner. The rest of my example will walk you through the “Advanced Search Box” option, but there is also a “Basic Search Box” as well.
Step 1: Pick a search type
In this first step, you need to choose a “Display Name” for your search box, as well as the site you want to search. In my case, I am going to use jeffblankenburg.com. I also have another website at juxtaposeblog.com that is a little outdated, but has some good content as well. I clicked the “Add Another Site” button, and now my box will search both sites.
Once you’ve got your site entered, you can already test your search box. There’s a button the bottom right side of the screen. Once you’re done, you can click Next. (If you’re interested in the Search Macros that are available, you can read about them here.)
Step 2: Customize it
This step just allows you to choose a size and color for your search box. I went with Blue, but there’s a few other colors for you to choose as well. Make your choices, and proceed to the next page. That’s where you’ll get your HTML for your web site.
Step 3: Copy the HTML snippet
This step is as straighforward as the title. Copy the HTML they provide you, and paste it into your pages. In my case, I just added it to the right navigation of my Master Page, and it was magically on every page of my blog. Hopefully it’s that simple for you as well. You can see my new search box on the top right side of my blog.