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Every blog should include a search feature. If a reader has to click on every page or in every category to find what they are looking for then they may leave out of frustration. Adding a search feature will make your reader happy and it is easy to do.

Many of the Blogger templates do not include a search box. These simple instructions will show you how to add one to your blog.

Note: These instructions are for Blogger.com (Blogspot) blogs.

Add search box to blogger

Follow these simple instructions:

1. Log into your Blogger.com account.

2. Click the Layout tab from your blog Dashboard.

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3. Click Page Elements.

4. Click Add a Gadget above the section you want to put your search box in.

5. Click the plus sign next to HTML/Javascript.

6. Type Search this site (or whatever you want) in the Title box or leave it blank.

7. Copy and paste this HTML code in the text area.

  • To modify the width of the search box change the size=”XX” number.
  • To center the search box add <center> before <form… and </center> after </form>.

<form id=”searchthis” action=”/search” style=”DISPLAY: inline” method=”get”><input id=”search-box” name=”q” size=”25″> <input id=”search-btn” value=”Search” type=”submit”></form>

Add a simple search box to your blog

7. Click Save.

8. Click Preview.

9. You may have to drag the search gadget into a new area until you get it positioned where you want it to show on the blog.

10. To test the search functionality click View Blog.

Add a simple search box to your blog

Now you have a simple way for viewers to search your blog and the results will appear embedded in your blog so the reader isn’t taken off onto a new page or a site that doesn’t look like yours.

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