Google’s John Mueller recently stated that a sitelinks search box is rarely shown for sites in search results.
Further, the appearance of a sitelinks search box is not at all influenced by implementation of structured data markup.
Mueller discussed this topic during a Google Webmaster Central hangout held on April 28.
A question was submitted by an SEO who mentioned their boss is upset with them.
After implementing all the correct structured data markup, Google is still not showing a sitelinks search box when the business is searched for.
Here’s what Mueller had to say in response to this issue.
Problem: Sitelinks Search Box Not Shown in Search Results
A sitelinks search box is a way for people to search within a specific site from the search results page.
Site owners do not have to do anything to get a sitelinks search box to appear.
However, there is structured data available for customizing how a sitelinks search box will appear when Google decides to show one.
Whether or not the structured data is used will not impact Google’s decision to show a sitelinks search box.
In fact, Mueller says this feature is “rarely” shown in search results.
That’s confirmed by a message in Google’s official developer document about sitelinks search box structured data.
“Important: Google doesn’t guarantee that a sitelinks search box will be shown in search results. Additionally, using the sitelinks search box markup doesn’t make it more likely that a sitelinks search box will be shown.”
Keep Expectations Realistic
Mueller mentioned that he sees people