In regards to improving the usability of your website,Â it’s always a good idea to have a search function for your site. It helps the visitor find what they are looking for faster on your site, and it supports your site when simple navigation fails to help a visitor find what they are looking for. Many platforms come with a search engine, like Joomla and WordPress, but you don’t have to rely on them. A great alternative is using Google’s search function, and you can actually make money from it as well.
Search In Action
Here is an example of it in action on this Investment Blog. When using the Google search, the visitor has the option on how to search. They can search all of Google or only the sites content. By default the results page take the visitor to Google to show the results, but you can also set this up to display on your own site.
When the results are displayed Google Ads are also displayed. When a visitor clicks, you make coin. You do lose your visitor though, and that is the downside. It really depends on your sites business model on what you want the visitor to do. Really though, if you don’t have a search function for you site, I would jump on this right away. It’s a win for you, and a win for your visitors. The investment blog also displayed a Tag Cloud which can also support visitors in their quest for your content by quick search. No surprise their biggest word is DOW.
I you are unfamiliar with Google’s AdSense, you can sign up here: Google Adsense. Once you have an account set up, just click on the second tab labeled Adsense Setup, and you are on your way. Good Luck!
And on a side note, I try to avoid getting political, but I am getting tired of these stimulus packages. It’s seems like we are just paying off debt with another debtor. Anybody else hate these things?