The Sitelinks Searchbox Content Type

There's a good chance that your users, once they have found your website through a Google Search, they will perform a second search directly to your website through the Google Search. In order for them to do that you need the Sitelinks Searchbox functionality to be enabled and setup. Follow the steps below to see how it's done.

For Google Structured Data v3

Navigate to Components > Google Structured Data > Configuration

gsd3-configuration-menu

You will be immediately located in the Global Structured Data Tab in which you can scroll down until you find the Sitelinks Searchbox Section.

gsd3-sitelinks-searchbox-snippet

There are three choices that you can pick from when you enable the Sitelinks Searchbox snippet. Those are the following.

  • Search Component: It utilizes the default search component of Joomla, which is com_search.
  • Smart Search Component: It utilizes the smart search component of Joomla, which is com_finder.
  • Custom Search URL: This option gives you the ability to type your own Search URL in the format, https://www.yourwebsite.com/search?q={search_term}

Once you are done, click "Save".

For Google Structured Data v2

  • Navigate to Extensions > Plugins
  • Search for System - Google Structured Data Markup and click it
  • Click on the Site Data Tab
  • You'll see a panel named Sitelinks Searchbox which holds the following important input fields that need your attention.
    • Search Method: Choose the search method which will be used for the sitelinks search from Google.
      The Search Component and the Smart Search Component options will use the com_search and the com_finder components respectively.
      Use the Custom Search URL to provide your own custom Search URL.
    • Custom Search URL: Type your Custom Search URL in the same format as the placeholder. For example: https://www.yourwebsite.com/search?q={search_term}
      (Active if chosen as a Search Method)
  • Continue filling any other values of the other panels that you might recognise and then click Save & Close.

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