Dashboard Result Management and Ranking

Site Areas allow you to curate search results by increasing or decreasing the importance of certain site areas by URL patterns, as well as exclude content.

Boosting Ranking with Site Areas

For example, you can decide to boost your product pages higher in the search results and lower the importance of your press releases.
The default ranking is 100%. To boost, select a weight higher than 100%. To reduce ranking, choose a weight under 100%.

Picture of Site areas user interface in AddSearch dashboard.

To set up site area weights:

  1. Log in to the AddSearch Dashboard and go to Site areas.
  2. To boost all pages in the search results that reside in /products/, you can just input /products/ into the text field and select a weight higher than 100%, say 150%. Conversely, if you want to reduce the importance of an area, select a weight under 100%.
  3. Site area weights are applied in real-time after they are saved. The only exception is exclusions, that require a re-crawl. You can wait until the normal re-crawl has run, or you can re-index individual URLs or all of your documents from the Dashboard’s Index tools page.

Please note that these patterns will be matched against URLs in the order they are listed. Arrange the list so that the highest priority patterns are on the top and don’t put too generic URL paths above specific ones.

Site area weights are wildcards by default. Site areas can be defined with regular expressions with a regex: prefix. For example, regex:.*contact-us$ would match all the URLs ending with contact-us.

This feature has been designed so that there’s as little maintenance as possible for you as the site owner. When creating new content, you don’t need to worry about how it’ll appear in the search; once you’ve decided your weight rules, you’re all set.

Excluding content with Site Areas

You can exclude an entire site section or a single page using 1) Site areas to set exclusion rule and 2) updating the status of the indexed to excluded with the Index tools re-crawl with the following instructions:

  1. Login to your AddSearch Account
  2. Go to Site areas under Manage results
  3. Click Add new url +
  4. Insert the page URL you want to exclude to the input field
  5. From the drop-down menu choose Excluded
  6. Click Save to submit changes

Picture of Site areas exclusion rule in AddSearch Dashboard.

Recrawl for changes to be visible.

For more information visit our documentation on exclusions.

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