March 2022 Newsletter
Use our new support email address to contact us, update your referrer URL policy, share your feedback about the new search.gov website.
New Support Email Address
Use email@example.com to Contact Us
We have changed our support email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and are in the process of updating this information throughout our website. From now on, if you need to contact us, please use this new email address. Thank you for your patience!
Action Item: Referrer Policy Update
Help Us Better Track Your Search Experience
One helpful metric we track in your search experience is the URL of the webpage your visitors were on when they ran their search. This appears in the “Referrers” table in your search analytics.
Previously, the default Referrer Policy allowed the full path of the referring page to come through, as long as the site maintained the same level of security (“no-referrer-when-downgrade”). As of late 2020 and early 2021, most major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) now default to “strict-origin-when-cross-origin”, which means we only get the domain or subdomain as a referrer, rather than the whole path of the page they were on.
If you do not see the full referring URLs in your Admin Center analytics, you will need to update your Referrer Policy to allow the full URL path to come through to us.
We recommend setting your website’s Referrer-Policy HTTP Header to “no-referrer-when-downgrade”, so that you can see full URL paths and query parameters as referrers in your analytics. Read more about the referrer policy and how to set it.
Search.gov Website Redesigned
Let Us Know What You Think
The new Search.gov website has been live since January 2022. We redesigned and rebuilt it to better support federal web teams, both existing customers and those interested in learning more about our service.
Now past 90 days after it was relaunched, we ask you to please share your feedback by completing this brief survey. As usual, your input is very important to us. Thank you for your time!
Want to learn about the latest features, fixes, and focuses of the Search team? We post monthly Release Notes on our website.