Yahoo! added a new query parameter that automatically turns on the SearchMonkey Enhanced Result for the site you’re searching to get more complete answers on Yahoo! Search. This new parameter will work with any app that’s in the Yahoo! Search Gallery as well as any official app. (To make an app official, a site owner just needs to authenticate their site using Site Explorer and then associate their app with their site when they make it sharable in the Developer Tool)
How it works: To use this functionality, you just need to append a few parameters to a typical Yahoo! Search query string. Here’s a quick example:
- Start with a standard query string: http://search.yahoo.com/search?q=u2
- Add the site restrict parameter: &vs=last.fm
- Add the SearchMonkey app ID parameter (case sensitive): &sm=xho
- Final result: http://search.yahoo.com/search?q=u2&vs=last.fm&sm=xho
This query string can be generated using whatever mechanism you choose, including a simple search box on your site or blog. It works with both Infobars and Enhanced Results — as long as the app is either in the Gallery or is official. If you accidentally try a SearchMonkey app along with a site restriction that doesn’t match, the results will look like a typical site-restricted search.