Google Mini / Site Search

17 Dec 2010 - 3:29pm
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morville
2010

I'm helping a client to select a new search engine for a web site with less than 1,000 pages. Google Mini and Google Site Search are a couple of leading candidates. One concern I have about Google Mini is that without PageRank (and other social data), the quality of result ranking will suffer relative to Google Site Search.

Here's one example (assuming that Google Search Appliance employs the same algorithms as Google Mini):

http://www.wccnet.edu/search/keyword/auto%2520restoration/

versus entering this into Google: site:wccnet.edu auto restoration

Anyone have thoughts or experience that might be helpful in considering the pros/cons of Google Mini versus Google Site Search (or suggestions for other options)? Thanks!

Peter Morville
President, Semantic Studios
http://semanticstudios.com/
http://findability.org/

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17 Dec 2010 - 4:03pm
hersh
2010

Peter, the important question is: Are all your pages public? Would you in future consider private/intranet pages? If yes, go for mini. Else, go for GSS.

GSS is remotely hosted, can index on request, and results are far superior. Plus, their feature set will address all your current and future needs because they keep adding more. Re: the differences you mention above. The website wccnet.edu must have tweaked the mini programatically. Same with GSS, you can tweak the rankings (using weight parameters and labels) so they work better than a simple 'site:' search on google.

 

17 Dec 2010 - 4:07pm
morville
2010

I believe we'll only want to index public pages, now and in the future. But thanks for raising that question and for the helpful review of GSS features. Cheers!

Peter Morville

17 Dec 2010 - 6:06pm
mcaskey
2008

I've worked on a couple of web apps that used Solr, with no complaints. We used a lot of facets for filtering search results.

-Mike C.

On Dec 17, 2010, at 1:47 PM, morville wrote:

> I'm helping a client to select a new search engine for a web site with less than 1,000 pages. Google Mini and Google Site Search are a couple of leading candidates. One concern I have about Google Mini is that without PageRank (and other social data), the quality of result ranking will suffer relative to Google Site Search. > Here's one example (assuming that Google Search Appliance employs the same algorithms as Google Mini): > http://www.wccnet.edu/search/keyword/auto%2520restoration/ [1] > versus entering this into Google: site:wccnet.edu auto restoration > Anyone have thoughts or experience that might be helpful in considering the pros/cons of Google Mini versus Google Site Search (or suggestions for other options)? Thanks! > Peter Morville > President, Semantic Studios > http://semanticstudios.com/ [2] > http://findability.org/ [3] > >

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