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We are using the standard Google Adsense Code in our search results right now but most times nothing comes up.
They need a code where we can put Search="<%Imput_Words%>" and when we paste it on our search result pages it would be dead one every time.
I'm sure they will look at doing this for us publishers that do not wish to run another search engine but keep our own with Sponsored Results...I hope :)
I love the horrible HTML code they generate.........what a joke.
"Do not edit the code becuase we like our own handmade code with errors in it"
Why is it if you are "signed up" for this you cannot un sign up yourself. I do not want any part of this gimmick by google, but I am "signed up" for this "program" and you cannot remove the "program" from your account.
I hope I havent been duped into paying some revenue percentage for this search option.
I just created a new site with over 20,000 pages and just happened to be looking for a search script, so this sounded good! but am getting no results because none of the pages are indexed yet.
What if you just want the option for people to search your site and not the web? Is that possible?
I really want to remove that seemingly out of place google logo next to the search box too...
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* How much are the "fees"
* Splitting the form over 3 lines to fit in a narrow column
* Prefilling the search box
If more people write them, a theme will emerge at their end.
I recall someone saying that they use google adsense on there "search engine", but they get no relevant ads, and yous aid you wish you could just choose keywords. Well, maybe you could use an Iframe with the google ads in it and in white text write some keywords. Make sure not to check the frame support thing when you create your ad code and wha la! You choose your own keywords...I am not totaly sure if this is against the TOS or not, and I am not totaly sure how it will work with Iframes (I only use Iframes when the PHP include function will not do what I want).
Another thing is, just having your logo at the top of the page is kind of dull...unless you have an extrmely simple desing, it isen't goign to match with your site at all...your think they could let you link to a header file you created somewhere else on your site...it would save google a lot of bandwidth and make us happy at the same time.
As for custum search box sizes and what not...I was thinking that maybe you could have the adsense search box code in a seperate file and have another forum that when a user submits to, a PHP script would call up the file with the google code in it and automatically stick the search term the user submited into the google form completely from the background, so it appears that the user went directly though your own forum...and sense you are technically not modifieing the google's code, you would nto be breaking the TOS...however...dont' ask me how to do this...I haven't goten that far in the PHP manual yet ;-)
In my brief browsing I saw a few things that could be improved, most notably the integration into your own website (or more correctly, lack of integration) and the text "Revenue from WebSearch ads may be offset at the end of the month by fees applicable to WebSearch".
I didnt see mention of these 'fees' tat 'may' be offset.
I would like to know what they are before launching this service on my network.
I had one, but payment from them was sporadic and unreliable.
The thing is, however, I learned that a simple search box alone didn't do nearly as well as a search box, below which were certain search terms relevant to my site... so search box, and links below for specific related terms...
If google did this, it would be awesome, and the results would surpass their wildest dreams, I'm sure...
they use google adsense on there "search engine", but they get no relevant ads, and yous aid you wish you could just choose keywords. Well, maybe you could use an Iframe with the google ads in it and in white text write some keywords. Make sure not to check the frame support thing when you create your ad code and wha la! You choose your own keywords
It doesnt appear to be against the terms, as Google even has a reply to such a thing:
Our targeting technology is not optimized to serve ads within an IFRAME. If you placed the AdSense code in an IFRAME, your site may display less targeted ads or public service ads. For better results please implement our ad code directly into the source of your web page. Once you make these changes, relevant ads may not appear immediately. Until we are able to re-crawl your site, which may take up to 30 minutes or more, you page may continue to display untargeted or public service ads.
I would still guess that it's an iffy move... if Google wanted us to picking our keywords, it would have been one of the first options avail.
FWIW, on of my site's has a rotating thought of the day... yesterday it was "My neighbor has a treadmill & a riding lawn-mower" And, of course, Google seemed to ingore ther other 95% of content & served up nothing but lawn-mower ads all day.
Day like that I wish I had more control over which ads were shown.... as continually going to the URL filter gets kinda old.
Under the address section you also have to register as an Individual or a Business - this needs to be done for payments to be released in future.
Also suggests that you can not change your details at a later date....as I will be changing from an Individual to a Business shortly just creates extra admin for Google when people get in touch with them to change these details (as there are some reasons why people would.)
I also want to really know what these mysterious "fees" are. Don't you just love that it's not only a secret what Google will pay you in revshare for being an affiliate but now also a secret what they will "charge" you and bill you as well for being an affiliate?
Adding search looks very promising...
Consider the widgets!
We have a site about blue widgets. Our visitors also regularly surf looking for stuff about green widgets, but they also look for bodgits, wodgits and cradgits.
So now if they use the Google search on our website, we might get some revenue from adverts that we would never have got before.
I'm afraid I can't see the negative side of this.
I agree. Most of us get a huge percentage of traffic from google anyway. We are sending it right back into the pool to get recycled plus a percentage oftraffic we get form other sources. It is brilliant!
Google adverts on their own results and they keep it all.
Google send us traffic.
Google adverts on our websites they keep a percentage.
Us sending traffic BACK into the pool, adding also to the pool, in front of Google adverts and google keeps a percentage.
I have set it up as a site search on one of my sites (10,000) pages and obviously there is potential for anyone who is using it as a site search just to have a serp returned with no or few pages from the site but plenty of sponsered results (9?).
Also with a site search I would prefer my pages to be before the sponsered results.
I will see how it goes on one site to start with.
Not that I'm going to do that just yet :)
I'm sure I would get more clicks with ads ONLY targeting the nich topic of my site. Site search ads are really untargeted in the context of my site, since it only target a single searched word , and has no clue to grab the general context of my site as adsense usually does well on regular pages with reccurent words.
So I forsee the system to generate few clicks since most of the ads served will appear really untargeted in relation the the topic of my site.
[edited by: brakkar at 9:49 am (utc) on June 18, 2004]