SharePoint Online provides a powerful search engine that enables users to quickly find the information they need. However, the quality of search results depends largely on how well the site is optimized for search. In this blog post, we’ll explore some best practices for optimizing your SharePoint Online site for better search results and also discuss PowerShell scripts that can help you achieve this.
Use Managed Metadata:
Managed metadata is a hierarchical collection of centrally managed terms that can be used to tag content in SharePoint Online. By using managed metadata, you can ensure that your content is consistently labeled, which can improve the accuracy of search results. PowerShell script can be used to create and manage term sets and terms.
Customize Search Refiners:
Search refiners are used to filter search results based on specific criteria such as file type, author, or date. By customizing search refiners, you can make it easier for users to find the information they need. PowerShell script can be used to create custom refiners based on managed metadata.
Optimize Page Titles and Descriptions:
The page titles and descriptions are used by the search engine to index the content of the page. By optimizing these elements with relevant keywords, you can improve the visibility of your pages in search results. PowerShell script can be used to update page titles and descriptions.
Use Friendly URLs:
Friendly URLs are human-readable web addresses that are easy to remember and type. By using friendly URLs, you can make it easier for users to find your content and improve the visibility of your site in search results. PowerShell script can be used to set friendly URLs for pages and sites.
Enable Searchable PDFs:
PDF files are a common format for documents, but they are not always searchable by default. By enabling the searchability of PDF files, you can ensure that their content is included in search results. PowerShell script can be used to enable PDF search in SharePoint Online.
By following these best practices and using PowerShell scripts, you can optimize your SharePoint Online site for better search results. PowerShell scripts can help you automate the process of managing and optimizing your site for search, making it easier and more efficient to achieve your search optimization goals.