Boost results through properties

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This topic is intended for administrators and developers with administration access rights in the Optimizely Content Management System (CMS).

Optimizely Search & Navigation has default properties, such as Title, Summary, and Content, automatically mapped to corresponding content properties. Each property has a weight setting that affects search result rankings. You can adjust the weight settings, which is called boosting.

Boost weight settings if your site has specific and well-defined content types. For example, if your site hosts scientific articles whose summaries are generally well-written and of great importance, increase the Summary weight so it has a greater impact on search rank.

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Change weight settings

  1. From the edit view, select Search & Navigation Configure > Boosting. Default properties are displayed on the left of the screen.
    • Title – Content title. For Optimizely Content Management System (CMS) content, it is typically the Name if not specified by the developer. For crawled content, it is the <title>-tag. For custom types, the title is, by default, the SearchTitle property if not specified by the developer.
    • Content – Web page content.
    • Summary – The introduction, summary, abstract, or similar property type.
    • Document content – An asset's content, such as a PDF or Word document.
  2. Click a check box to change a property's weight in the Weight column.
  3. Click Save.

Notes about changing weight settings

  • To test the impact of property weight changes, click Preview the boosting effect from the right side of the Boosting screen.
  • To revert the changes, click Reset to default values from the Boosting screen under the list of properties.
  • These settings affect search results for all content types and all languages on all websites in your implementation.