Google updates its Search Results with Sitelinks Search Box

Google Stands under World Best Search Engine though performance of the search engine is good! You might have noticed some changes in search results. Yes! It has some new look than before because Google announced a new method to perform a site search on a website with sitelinks search box. Sitelink is nothing but allowing the users to frame relevant links to them by Google. So these things makes the users search simple and to get quick result. Google sitelinks search box allows people to reach their content quickly from search results quickly and in simple manner.

Sitelinks Search Box

What is Sitelinks Search Box?

Its an auto loaded search box which display relevant results for your website. When some users search with some keyword or post Google algorithms recognize it and display the correct search result for the input keyword. They also display a bunch of sitelinks with search box below the search result. If you need more details here check out the official Google Developers page. As seen on Google developers page, the sitelinks search box appears only for navigational queries and for relevant users. While the box appearing Google algorithms uses many factors such as detail of the website and type of navigation queries from the readers.

Google updates its Search Results with Sitelinks Search Box

The above image shows, the box has been moved above the sitelinks in the snippet. While the users type the keyword, the auto-complete results have been added to the search results.

Set Up Site Search Box In Google Search Results

#1 Adding a Search Engine

As Google Algorithms checks out the search queries from the users you need to set up your website with Google Custom Search Engine before. Though the search box direct the users to search result page on your page you need to add perhaps to enable this feature. So if you don’t have before then set up with Google Custom Search Engine now.

#2 Put the markup on Homepage markup should refer your website search queries in the target property of SearchAction. The URL pattern should point to the same domain where the domain was hosted and been searched. In addition, you’ll want to make sure that the URL pattern with the placeholder replaced by an actual query yields a valid search results page on your site. The below markup are the example in Microdata,

<div itemscope itemtype=””> <meta itemprop=”url” content=””/> <form itemprop=”potentialAction” itemscope itemtype=””> <meta itemprop=”target” content=”{search_term}”/> <input itemprop=”query-input” type=”text” name=”search_term” required/> <input type=”submit”/> </form> </div>

#3 Waiting for the Approval

Wait for Google Search algorithms to identify your site as a candidate for the new sitelinks search box.

Guidelines for using Sitelinks Search Box

  • Make sure that your server supports UTF-8 character encoding.
  • Try to Prevent crawling of your site’s search results pages with robots.txt.
  • Set a canonical URL for your domain’s homepage.
  • Add the markup on the homepage of your site.
  • Use JSON-LD or Micro-data.


Do your blog have Sitelinks Search Box? Do you feel this post is informative or not? If yes, then do comments and share this article with your friends. For more information about the Sitelinks search box check the official developers page. Cheers♥♥

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