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Search functionality in SharePoint 2013 Preview includes several enhancements, custom content processing with the Content Enrichment web service, and a new framework for presenting search result types. Additionally, there have been significant enhancements made to the keyword query language (KQL). A hot topic within SharePoint 2013, below is a summary of some of the enhancements within search in the new version of SharePoint.

Search Engine Optimisation & Analytics: Search has dramatically improved in SharePoint 2013 (see my colleague Marwan’s post specifically about SharePoint 2013 @ Much of this is due to analytics moving into search. The Analytics Processing Component in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview runs different analytics jobs to analyse content in the search index and user actions that were performed on a site, to identify items that users perceive as more relevant than others.

Content Search Web Part: This new web part is cool, but it may take a demo to understand its power. In many ways this is the next generation of the previous Content Query Web Part - "The Content Search Web Part displays content that was crawled and added to the search index. You can use category pages when you want to aggregate content that meets certain criteria or parameters. For example, in an intranet scenario, all company events are maintained in a list that is shared as a catalogue. A query is issued from the Content Search Web Part to return all items from the search indexes that are specified in the query”. (See the Microsoft blog on ‘What is new in web content management for SharePoint 2013’ for more information).

More to follow on Web Content Management features soon, but in the meantime, take a look at my colleague Will’s article on SharePoint 2013 for WCM.

Also worth exploring for Search enthusiasts are these articles:

Manage the search schema in SharePoint 2013

Create and deploy a thesaurus in SharePoint 2013

Overview of Search Schema in SharePoint 2013

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 6:57 AM | Back to top

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Seems SharePoint 2013 has well integrated various SEO factors quite well. Is this good news for SEO people or bad?
Left by Steve - SharePoint Developer on Dec 11, 2012 11:54 PM

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