This help manual follows the order of settings that are available in the Search Admin Center.
Take a look at our Search Site Launch Guide for step by step implementation details. Or if you’re an existing customer relaunching a website, read our Website Redesign Checklist.
Help documentation about the indexing process can be found here.
3rd party tracking
Domains (plus advanced options to add or filter URLs.)
* For questions about indexing, including sitemaps, see links below.
i14y drawers (this option will only appear if your site is enabled for i14y)
Best bets: text and/or graphics
Display overview (including job openings, Federal Register, and health topics)
Brand (font & colors, image assets, and header & footer)
Custom No Results page
Custom Search Page Alert
Search Results API access key*
Search Results API instructions*
Type-ahead API instructions*
i14y API instructions*
* These APIs are available for use on official government websites only. You must be a Search.gov customer. Sign in is required. Keys and instructions for each can be found under Admin Center > YourSite > Activate Search.
Additional Help Resources Not in the Admin Center
How to get search engines to index the right content for better discoverability
Getting Started video (4 mins) (External link)
Go-Live Check List
Masking your domain
Website Redesign Checklist
Resources for Developers
Upcoming Training and Video Recordings
Do you have other questions or comments about how our service works? Email us.