This first is free for everyone to use and is great for websites that are not approved for AdSense.
The second is only for those who have an approved Google AdSense account. AdSense for Search is a great way to make a few more pennies or more each day. If you don't already have a Google AdSense account you can learn more about it here.
If you start with the first option and later get approved for Google AdSense, you can update the search engines you created with the first option to monetize them.
See instructions for adding a normal search engine first, or jump straight to AdSense for Search...
How to Add a Normal Google Search Engine onto Your Website:
Click on the blue button at the top-right of the page that says "Sign in to Custom Search Engine" to sign in.
Here you will be able to see all of your search engines, create new ones and edit old ones. If this is your first time, you will won't have a list of search engines yet.
You'll here that I have several. The top six ones were created with Google AdSense and have been monetized – hence it saying (partner CSE) under the edition. More on those ones later.
The last one, however, is the very first custom engine I created before I started with AdSense.
So go ahead and click on either the Add button or New search engine. It will take you to a page that looks like this...
You can make your search engine search more than one website. This is really handy if you have more than one. As soon as you add one website, a new line will appear to add another.
Next, select the language for your CSE and adjust the name of your CSE.
If you would like some advanced options, expand the arrow to see them. Otherwise, click on the blue button at the bottom that says "create" and you'll be directed to this next page...
However, if you'd like to customize the look and/or settings, you can either expand the Edit search engine on the left and click on Setup or click on the gray button that says "Control Panel". Either way, you'll be directed to the Setup Basics...
Click on each of the tabs and pick the settings you'd like your search to have. When you're finished, remember to click on the gray button at the bottom that says "Update".
You can also change the look and feel of your search engine by clicking on that tab to the left.
On the right you'll see a preview of the search button! Simply click on the different options until you find the one you like, or go to the customize tab to explore more options.
At anytime, you can go in to edit your custom search engines, delete them, or add new ones. They can be as simple or complex as you like. Either way, you now have a free search engine to add to your website!
Just one little side note: Whenever someone does a search through your CSE with this free version, the results will show up in a pop-up window. If you'd like more control with this, you'll either need to upgrade to a pay account, or use the AdSense version below...
How to Add AdSense for Search onto Your Website:
First, sign into your AdSense account and go to the "My ads" tab up at the top. From there, click on the "Search" tab on the left side of the page. This will take you to the page where you can create, edit or delete monetized custom search engines...
Pick a name for your CSE. Make it recognizable by calling it something to do with where you will be placing it on your site.
For instance, I have two on my blog. One is called "Search - Blog" – this one rests up at the top of all my blog pages. The other is called "Search - Blog Side" – this one rests in my blog's sidebar.
Select whether this search engine will search the entire web or only sites you select. I recommend the later for obvious reasons.
Type in some Keywords to help tell Google what type of ads would be good to display above the search results. Some great keywords to have are any that relate to the content you have on your site. You can list as many or as few as you like, or you can even leave it blank. Though, I don't recommend leaving it blank since you want to better target your audience.
For instance, I choose keywords like "crochet", "amigurumi", "barbie" and "pattern" because those are type of content I have on my own site.
You'll also want to check the "Use SafeSearch" if you'd like to keep pornographic or sexual content out of your search results page.
Select the country or territory, language, etc. to define your search according to your preferences.
Choose whether or not you'd like to "Use popular queries". This gives your users a chance to see what others are searching for on your site. I have mine set to 10, but you can make yours whatever number you'd like to have or have none at all.
Expand "Custom channels" to add one or more channels to this CSE. Custom channels basically makes it easier to keep track of stats based on size or location, and also makes it possible target advertisers for those channels. You can learn more about it here...
Expand the "Search box style" to adjust the look, feel and size of the actual engine.
There are 7 options for the look and feel: Select the one you prefer
- The first places the "Google™ Custom Search" logo directly inside the search box.
- The three on the left place the "Google™ Custom Search" logo below the search box and you can choose whether to have a white, gray or black background. I recommend this option for places on your site where the width of the space is narrow like in a sidebar.
- The three on the right place the "Google™ Custom Search" logo next to or to the right of the search box and again you can choose whether to have a white, gray or black background. I recommend this option for places on your site where the width of the space is great.
The Text box length determines the width of the search box. The standard is 55 characters. Simply adjust the number of characters to the width you need.
To give you a better idea of the sizing, I have the one at the top of my blog set to the standard 55 characters and the one for my blog's sidebar set at 25 instead.
Now it's time to decide the Ad style. Expand it to make your selection from the list or use the custom settings in the next tab.
All that remains before you can get the code is to determine where the search results will be displayed.
You have three options to choose from:
- On a Google page in the same window.
- On a Google page in a new window.
- On your own website using an iframe. *I recommend this option.
Options #1 and #2:
If you would prefer one of the first two options, you can add a Logo image (such as your business logo) and a destination for your user to go should they click on it.
Simply copy the image address or URL and paste it into the Logo image URL field. Then, type in the website address you'd like to direct people to such as your home page into the Logo destination URL.
Finally, decide whether you would prefer the logo to be placed above or beside the search box.
The third option for displaying the search results is the one I recommend since it will keep your users on your website.
For this option, create a page on your website where you can display the results. Copy the URL of this page and paste it into the URL where search results will be displayed field.
Finally, adjust the pixel width of the results area by adjusting the number in the Width of results area field. The standard is 800, but your website page may be wider or narrower.
Now it's time to add your search engine code to your site!
Depending on the settings you chose for your Search Box Code, you may see 1-3 boxes of code like shown below...
The second box of code called the "Search results code" is for those of you who elected the third option of embedding the results directly onto a page on your website. You'll need to add this code onto the page you created for displaying the search results, and you'll do this for each search engine you create.
The third box of code called the "Popular queries code" is also for those who will display the search results on your own website. Like for the search results code, you'll add this code onto the same search results page you created for your website and do the same for each search engine you make.
And that's all there is to it!
A Few Important Notes About Google AdSense CSE:
- Currently, there is a limit of TWO Google AdSense Custom Search Engines MAX that you can add to any given page on your site. I recommend having one at the top of your pages and another either at the bottom or in your sidebar.
- I recommend creating separate search engines for different areas of your website to better keep track of the pages that are more productive.
- As a publisher, you'll earn 51% of the revenue Google recognizes from the clicks and actions after the clicks.
- Anytime you want to make changes to your search engines, simply click on the title from the list and make the changes you need to make. *Please note that making changes to the search engines or particularly the search engine channels may cause the current targeted bids to be lost.
- You can find the search engine code(s) you need by clicking on the "Get code" link under the title of the CSE in question.
You can learn more by visiting the resources below...
Be sure to check out the intro to this series for upcoming lessons or lessons you may have missed!
Wishing you a marvelous day. See you again soon for lesson 8, where we'll learn how to make Product Blocks...