At least once a week I get people asking me the same question, they ask me why I don’t have a search form on my blog.
Most think it’s an accident, while others think I have made a mistake.
Today I am going to show you why I don’t use a search form
…and then you’ll be able to make the decision whether to keep the one on your site.
What Happens When People Use Search?
One of two things happens:
People either find what they are looking for… or they don’t.
If your search form gave them the right result, people feel good, but if your search form failed, they feel annoyed and frustrated, at least to some degree.
It really is that black and white.
No wonder Google pays such close attention to delivering high quality search results.
Now keeping this in mind…
Why Do I Exclude A Search Form From My Web Design?
Here’s the deal:
Despite having more than 1,500 subscribers, GlennFolkes.com is a new blog (I only launched it around 4 months ago).
And the truth is, I don’t update my site daily.
That means, since I don’t have an astronomical amount of content (less than 150 articles), a search form on my site can be doing a lot of harm by unnecessarily pissing people off.
If I had a search form on my blog, when people used it, more than likely they would end up let down than satisfied.
It’s basically a numbers game.
Since I don’t have an unlimited library of high-quality content like google, the chances of people finding a specific article that they may want to search for is pretty low. I do have a lot of great information on here that people will find very usefull, but compared to all the things that people search for, I just don’t have that much content.
And that’s why I don’t have a search form on GlennFolkes.com
But the Question Remains: “Should I Have A Search Form?
That all depends…
If you do have a large amount of content, a search form is vital for good interaction and usability.
However, if you only have a limited amount of content (I would say less than about 300 articles), the answer is “NO!”
And here is the simple reason why:
You don’t want people to come away from viewing your site feeling BAD.
People who feel bad don’t stay or interact and usually won’t come back… unless of course you’re selling them the solution to what makes them feel bad
If You Don’t Use Search, What Can You Do?
There’s actually a far better method to help people find what they want from your site.
And that’s something that I will teach as part of the blogging strategy I am developing. (If you enjoy my articles, you’ll love this).
Now I Pass It To You…
What do you think about the Search feature? Leave me a comment and share your thoughts!