How do I – Add a Search Keyword and visual Best Bet in SharePoint 2010?

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in How Do I...

If you have content that you wish to raise in the search results for users, you could do that by adding Search Keywords and Best Bets to the site collection in question as follows: 1. Start by navigating to the home page of the site in question. 2. Click “Site Actions” at the top left of the home page. 3. On the dropdown menu, click “Site Settings” image[23] 4. On the Site Settings page, under the Site Collection Administration section, click “Search keywords” image[26] 5. On the Search Keywords page, you’ll see all the defined keywords for the site collection. 6. Click “Add Keyword” to begin the process of adding a new keyword. image[29] 7. In our example, we have a Word document named “Site Inspection Checklist” that we wish to add to best bets. 8. In the Keyword Phrase we enter the search term “Site Inspection Checklist” 9. In the Synonyms we can add phrases that users may use to search for this document. In our example, we used “Inspection Checklist”, “Inspection Check List” and “Site Inspection Check List”. You can add as many as you want, all separated by a semi colon. image[32] 10. Now click the “Add Best Bet” link to add the Best Bet for this item. 11. Start by adding the URL of the target item. 12. Next add the Title of the item and description and then click “OK” to add the Best Bet. image[35] 13. The Best Bet is now listed on the Keywords page. 14. Continue by filling out other details and then clicking “OK” to complete the process. image[38] 15. Now you can test Search on the target site and the newly added Keywords and Best Bet should surface to the top in the search results.



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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