Google gives customers faster Site Search service

Those who use the service to give their sites a search interface now can tell Google when to update its index so new Web pages can be searched.

Google has launched a feature called On-Demand Indexing that lets customers of its Google Site Search service more rapidly include new pages in search results.

With Site Search, Google indexes customers' publicly available Web sites and powers a search engine on those customers' sites. With the new option, customers get an "index now" button that will direct Google to index specific pages so they'll be available in search results within hours, Google said Thursday.

The move extends the greater customer control Google began offering in June with Site Search . To see how it works, check the screenshot below, in particular the "index now" button at the bottom.

Site Search costs $100 a year for an company with up to 5,000 Web pages and 250,000 searches per year, with prices gradualling rising to $2,250 a year for up to 300,000 pages and 500,000 queries per year. Beyond that, customers have to set up a custom relationship with Google.

On-demand indexing lets Google Site Search customers tell the search engine when to update its index. (Click to enlarge.)
On-demand indexing lets Google Site Search customers tell the search engine when to update its index. (Click to enlarge.) Google

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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