A few months ago we realized that the regular and advanced search in our left navigation was being hammered so hard that it was slowing the entire site down. On an average day, we deliver a low of 12,000 queries to a high of 35,000 queries and because of that, we’ve dedicated a high-end server to search services only.
Most folks know about our left nav search box, but very few use our advanced search option.
From the ADVANCED SEARCH engine on our site, you can create very specific searches by:
- Keyword or keyphrase
- Which component of the article you want to search in
- Which category (over 300+ to choose from) you want to search in *or* all of them
- Which country you want to search in *or* all of them (very handy if you want to isolate your search to the perspective of someone from your own country)
- Whether you want only Platinum level articles (separates the wheat from the chaff)
- If you want an Exact match or Any match on your search
- And you can narrow your search by word count (very handy for publishers looking for content that matches their word count ideal match)
One of our internal goals is to unlock the quality/quantity of content within EzineArticles.com so that publishers and users of our site can find lightning-fast access to the exact type of content or information they are seeking. We’ll continue for now to use the Google-enhanced search engine on top of the site, but for direct access to the entire database of articles, you’ll want to use the left navigation search engine.
Examples of some typical uses of the advanced search engine:
You’re searching for “halloween costumes” and only want articles over 800 words in length.
You’re searching for “crm” solutions in the “Sales Management” category and only want results from Platinum authors in the United Kingdom.
You’re searching for “angel” [investing] in the new “Venture Capital” category only and you want results from any author in the United States only.
You’re searching for “christopher m. knight” [or your own name for that matter] in the TITLE of any article in any category in any country by any author with a word count in excess of 200 words.
Do you see how this advanced search can help you quickly find very specific content/info within EzineArticles.com?
Any recommendations to us for improvement on our advanced search engine?