Google launches hosted site search for businesses

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Mountain View, Calif.—Google on Tuesday said that it has released Custom Search Business Edition, a hosted enterprise site search, to provide search results that are customized and integrated into a business’ Web site.

The search leader said that CSBE builds on the Google Custom Search Engine, a hosted search solution introduced in October. The new edition provides greater flexibility and support to enterprises, according to Google. It costs $100 a year for search up to 5,000 pages and $500 a year for up to 50,000 pages.

“While many of these businesses invest in search advertising and search engine optimization to help customers find their business, customers are left on their own to navigate content once they land on a site,” said Dave Girouard, VP-general manager, Google Enterprise, in a statement. “As Google continues to make search technology more accessible to businesses of all sizes—first with our appliances and now with hosted search services—we are reducing the hurdles of cost, complexity and time so that small businesses can help customers find what they need every step of the way.”

Separately, Google is introducing a new mobile service for consumers that will help them search for mobile content such as ringtones and games, according to reports.

—Carol Krol

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