“Joe, why don’t you have a search bar on your blog? ”
And you might think it’s a mistake or an accident.
In today’s blog post you’ll learn why I don’t have a search bar and whether you should too.
So What Happens When People Use Search on Your Blog or Website?
Two things will happen:
Your search bar will either help the person find what they’re looking for or it won’t.
If the person finds what they’re looking for, then great, they’ll feel satisfied. But if the search form fails, then they will feel unsatisfied and will be hesitant to use your search bar again.
It’s that simple.
This is why Google stresses over delivering high quality search results and their constantly improving it.
Why Do I Exclude A Search Bar From My Web Design?
Well here’s the deal… despite having more than 3500 subscribers on my blog it’s still a pretty new website and the truth is…
I don’t update my site daily with good quality content, not yet at least.
That means, since I have a limited amount of content (less than 100 articles), a search bar wouldn’t work and people would feel unsatisfied.
If I had a search bar on my site, it would probably cause people who used it to be more likely let down than satisfied.
It’s a numbers game.
Since I have a limited amount of high-quality content, the chances of people finding an article for their every desire is low. And that’s why I don’t have a search bar on my website.
But the Question Remains: Should You Have A Search bar?
That all depends… If you do have a significant amount of content, a search form is vital for good usability.
However, if you’ve have a limited amount of content (less than 50-200 articles), then I would say, “no”.
And the reason why is simple: You don’t want to put people in the position of feeling dissatisfied when browsing your site.
People who feel bad don’t stay and usually won’t come back… unless of course you’re selling them the solution to what makes them feel bad.
Now I Pass It To You…
What do you think about the Search feature? Are you going to keep it on or remove it. Let me know in the comment section below and share your thoughts!
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