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Custom Vs Direct Blog Search - Which One Is Better?

We see an occasional sign of confusion, in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger.
How do I let my readers search my entire blog?
or
Why does my Search not find all of my posts?
Both of these questions - and more - are seen, because not every blog owner is aware of the limitations, and possibilities, of each search technique.

Look at the top of the sidebar, in this blog.

See "Search Me, Direct" and "Search Me, Custom"? That's two gadgets, with a common goal - help you, my reader, find information in this blog. And each gadget works just slightly differently.

The Custom Search.

A "custom" - or "indexed" - search works from search engine cache. All blog content, as indexed, can be retrieved in a custom search.

A custom search lets you display content outside the blog being displayed - and it does that with the blog page, that you are reading, still on screen. This makes it good for contextual searches.

A Custom Search, targeting "dynamic retrieval". See the contextual display, above the existing main page?



A custom search won't work so well for new blogs, for blogs just renamed or published to a custom domain, for empty or "test" blogs, or for blogs that have a problem with search engine indexing in general. For any of these cases, you should consider providing a direct search gadget - at least, as an alternative.

The Direct Search.

A "direct" search works from published blog content. All posts content, immediately when published, can be retrieved in a direct search.

A direct search lets you display the posts as entries in an index page - just as you would view an archive retrieval or label search. It looks more like blog content, simply in a different context.

A Direct Search, targeting "dynamic retrieval". See the index page style display?



A direct search will only retrieve content published in a post. Static pages won't appear in a direct search, even if they are indexed. Nor will content displayed in a gadget be retrieved. For any of these cases, you should consider providing a custom search gadget - at least, as an alternative.

The bottom line.

Neither gadget will replace the other - all of the time, and for all retrieval needs. A well equipped blog may need both searches, as a portion of a properly planned dynamic retrieval strategy.

Comments

How do can i search like q=criteria1 or criteria2? In my blogger, i'd tried q=criteria1+criteria2 seem be don't correct.
Pls help!
LexBlogger said…
I find the Custom Search fits my needs better. Thanks for explaining the difference between Custom and Direct.

What I really need is to be able to search the PAGES that I have added (which I added using the Pages gadget). But both Custom and Direct only appear to search the posts and comments that are on my Home page.

Is there a way to search the comments that I have on the Pages that I have added?


Harry

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