While thinking of search strategies for a web application, I realized that a lot of queries can be handled by searching the meta-content instead of the content itself. By meta-content, I mean content about content, e.g., classification, tags, title, intro or authors of an article. Especially in the case I was looking at the meta-content was rich enough to accurately answer a lot of search queries. It was only some specific keywords that could not be handled, but many of those keywords were not accurately handled by the indexed search as well.
Does it makes sense to give higher priority to searching the meta-content? Because that can not only increase accuracy and specificity, but it can also save a lot of processing cycles. And if so, would an improvised information architecture help us improve our meta-content search? What do you think?