How do I – Define a new Best Bet Keyword in SharePoint 2007?

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

OK, I know this is pretty easy to find, once you know where it is, but I searched for a good instruction set for this and found nothing. So I figured I’d just blog this quickly. To define a new Best Bet, you have to use Keywords. This is done thus:

  1. From your site home page, click “Site Actions/Site Settings/Modify All Site Settings”.
  2. Under Site Collection Administration, click “Search Keywords”.
  3. On the Manage Keywords page, click “Add Keyword”.
  4. On the Add Keyword page, click “Add Best Bet”.
  5. On the Add Best Bet popup page, enter the Target URL, Title and Description of the best bet and click “OK”.
  6. Back on the Add Keyword page, enter the Keyword Phrase, Synonyms (separated by a semi colon), Definition, Contact Person and Expiration Date and click “OK”.
  7. The new keyword and best bet should now be listed.
  8. Testing by searching for “My Phrase” should yield the Best Bet. You can customize where Best Bets show up on the results page. In our example’s case, it was set to be the first results in the list.
  9. A search for any of the synonyms should yield the same result.
 

Cheers
C




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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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