See for example this google query for wikipedia; the first result has both sitelinks and a search box to search within the website.

My site only has sitelinks. Is there anything I can do to make the search box appear?

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I think that the search box appears at the discretion of Google and their algorithms, but I have heard that having a CSE set up for your site can increase the likelihood that the box will appear, though this hasn't helped with any of my sites.

  • Google decides based on your sites popularity, user keywords and function.
    – Kevin
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 5:41

This is a little late, but you can now mark up your website with JSON-LD to add a search box below your site links.


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    I think that is still discretionary isn't it?
    – TBB
    Commented Jun 10, 2016 at 19:46
  • It is yes. I've had the code sat on my site for about 6 months and Google still haven't added a search box for mine. Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 21:07

When your site will have a PR of 8 or more maybe you will get the search box in Google results too. Just kidding, I think Google placed it there only for Wikipedia, but it's interesting, it might be something experimental and maybe one day Google will place such search box for any site that ranks 1st in a his results.

  • Whoever place a -1 could at least take the time to explain why. Commented Aug 16, 2010 at 18:03
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    I can't tell you why the person down voted you, but I can tell you that you are absolutely wrong about it only being there for Wikipedia: google.com/search?q=time+and+date That search for time and date should bring up timeanddate.com as the first result with a search box. Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 1:32
  • @George Marian: thanks for taking the time to explain, cool, didn't know it. Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 16:40

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