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AdSense Search Results Now On Your Own Site
celgins




msg:3046333
 12:20 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Shown as "New" in Adsense, has anyone looked at the information below:

Now you can display AdSense for search results within your own site! Plus, we've updated our reports to provide performance details at the ad level.

Maybe I'm slow, but I get an error when looking for more details.

 

shogun_ro




msg:3046338
 12:35 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Here is the link:
https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=44705&sourceid=aso&subid=ww-ww-et-asui&medium=link

celgins




msg:3046430
 2:27 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks. The link wasn't working for about 30 minutes, but seems to be functional now.

greatstart




msg:3046439
 2:38 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

I just set it up on one of my sites. I works real good, and I hope it improves the search CTR.

netmeg




msg:3046451
 2:51 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

So if I understand this right, you can make a page on your own site for search results to land on.

Now, can you put AdSense ads on that page as well? It's not really a content page, so I'd think not. But I don't know why they didn't mention the possibility on the page about the new feature.

celgins




msg:3046463
 3:00 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

From Google regarding the question: "Can I display ads on search results pages?"

Google ads can be placed on search results pages.

Alternatively, Google AdSense for search offers publishers the opportunity to provide search to their users, and to earn money from Google ads served to the search results pages. By simply adding an AdSense for search box to any web page that meets our program policies, publishers can offer web search (and, optionally, site search) and benefit from Google-hosted, customizable, and monetized search results pages.

This should hold true for any of your sites' search results pages. I would think a page partially generated by Google should be no different.

OutdoorWebcams




msg:3046672
 8:41 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Very nice - but have I missed the point where I can adjust the font of the search results? Neither the style (Serif) nor the size (14pt?) fit my site...

James_Hatts




msg:3046711
 9:43 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

The width of the search results needs to be adjustable. 650 px is too wide for many layouts - especially three-column ones - to work at 800*600.

greatstart




msg:3046977
 2:33 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Now that I look at it, the height is not quite long enough. At 1300, the bottom gets cut off.

Hubbard




msg:3047579
 8:32 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Works beautifully on my site. But I read that Google would prefer we don't show ads on search result pages so I made sure not to include any Adsense units on the results page. I would like it if they allowed us to configure the width and height. Oh and give use Google Suggest's livesearch.

WolfLover




msg:3047598
 8:40 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hey, I just want to clarify because I'd like to see how the search results page looks on my site.

Are we allowed to put a search term in the Google search box on our site to see the search results page as long as we do not click on any ads?

I just want to make sure as I do not want to see it bad enough to risk being banned!

WolfLover




msg:3047600
 8:44 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Works beautifully on my site. But I read that Google would prefer we don't show ads on search result pages so I made sure not to include any Adsense units on the results page. I would like it if they allowed us to configure the width and height. Oh and give use Google Suggest's livesearch.

Ok, this could mess me up. I have my AdSense code configured so it shows up on all pages of my site as it is too much work to add it to individual pages when one's website has about 700 pages.

Is there a script or some code I can use to make the AdSense code NOT show on the page that shows search results within my site?

The code I have now puts the code on all pages, so not sure how I would add a new page without the code showing up on it.

Also, where does it say that we cannot show our ads on the search results pages? I want to make sure I am doing what is within TOS. Thanks.

celgins




msg:3047610
 8:49 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Now that I look at it, the height is not quite long enough. At 1300, the bottom gets cut off.

Yes. I noticed this as well in reference to the height attribute. In reference to the width attribute, maybe Google defined (650) since it does fall under the traditional (720) pixel width of many banner ads.

Are we allowed to put a search term in the Google search box on our site to see the search results page as long as we do not click on any ads?

Yes... as long as you do not click on the ads. It would be nice if there was a "preview" button established to view search results.

WolfLover




msg:3047630
 9:00 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes... as long as you do not click on the ads. It would be nice if there was a "preview" button established to view search results.

Ok, I just put in a search term in my Google search box and see my results page.

First, since I had not ever done this before, I had obviously wrongly ASSumed that it only showed paid results. So this is probably why I've never made much money using the search feature because first of all, your visitor puts something into the search box, goes to the search results and if they do not happen to choose the paid results we get nothing. No click money, and the visitor is gone.

Now, with the sites opening up on your own site, perhaps that will work out better.

How many here actually make decent money from Google search being on their site? Do you think it takes away from the AdSense clicks?

Hubbard




msg:3047646
 9:11 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

This is what Google says on https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=44053&topic=8425 in response to the following question:

Can I show ads on AdSense for search results pages in my own site?

"We ask that you don't place any additional ads on pages with framed search results. However, you're welcome to place an AdSense for search box on the page so your users can continue to search if they haven't found what they're looking for."

I don't know if that is a suggestion or if are they explicitly saying no to ads.

In case they are saying no then you could create new PHP includes for your results page that do not have Adsense code in them. That is if you know what you are doing. I only ever work with hand made websites with full control over bit of code. Some of you who use Wordpress etc may find things harder.

[edited by: Hubbard at 9:14 pm (utc) on Aug. 15, 2006]

WolfLover




msg:3047664
 9:23 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

I don't know if that is a suggestion or if are they explicitly saying no to ads.

In case they are saying no then you could create new PHP includes for your results page that do not have Adsense code in them. That is if you know what you are doing. I only ever work with hand made websites with full control over bit of code. Some of you who use Wordpress etc may find things harder.

In this particular case it is an ecommerce website where a template is used provided by the hosting provider. I have control over most everything except not sure what code to put on the search results page to make it NOT show my AdSense code that is on every other page.

ASA if you are reading this can you let us know for sure if it is against TOS to have ads show up on the results pages that are on our own sites. I really do not see how it hurts because lets take this example:

Visitor A places a keyword in the Google search box on my site. Visitor A shows up on my search results page and perhaps not seeing what he is looking for in the search results maybe Visitor A then notices my AdSense ads and clicks on one of those. Either way, the visitor has clicked on an advertisers ad. Either way, the advertiser pays for the click. Either way, the advertiser gets my visitor to their site, which is the main purpose.

I hope we get clarification soon.

If it is against TOS to have AdSense ads on the search results page, then can anyone here provide me with the code to place on the search results page itself that will make that one page NOT show my AdSense ads?

Thanks for any advice, it really is appreciated.

Hubbard




msg:3047790
 11:02 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Wolf, send me a pm if you want me to take a look at your search result page's source. If it is PHP based I can fix it for you.

FattyB




msg:3047901
 12:58 am on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

This looks pretty good.

I have dropped them a line about sub domains. Since we use them for the site sections is means the results on domain.com are really poor. Whereas the same search on subdomain.com are great. But only 3 are allowed in the default I think so trying to see if can add the rest...

But regardless this makes using the site search far more appealing and seemless for users.

adfree




msg:3048257
 8:46 am on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Adjusting the results width does not work, stuck to the designated length, does not fit into my page, what can I do?

rehabguy




msg:3048347
 10:54 am on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

You know, why can't google use a logo from a secure folder on their help pages so I don't have to click on: "This page contains both secure and nonsecure items - Do you want to display the nonsecure items"?

This seems like such a novice mistake on their part.

And the way I read the update is that you can't just slap an adsense box on your search results page, but you can now put an "adsense for search RESULTS tag" on your page, and they will suck in the search results under your URL (in an IFrame) without having to go to google.com.

This could be really helpful - I think I'll try it out on a couple of my sites.

maximillianos




msg:3048478
 1:09 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've had Google recommend ad placements on my site's search results page. So I think it must be okay?

berto




msg:3048509
 1:34 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Adsense ads on on-site search results pages might be nice, but how will they be context sensitive to the search query? When the mediabot comes calling, it will find some JavaScript on the search results page and whatever other generic site content you might put there (standard header, menus, footer, etc.). Expect to see, at best, ads targeted to the general theme of your site and, at worst, ads that have nothing to do with the individual search query. This sounds like a recipe for near-zero CTR, so from a monetization standpoint, what's the use?

Hubbard




msg:3048645
 3:38 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Adsense ads are relevant to search results pages (I saw this before I removed them). Bear in mind that the search results bring up two Adsense units of their own, one on top and the other on the bottom, which means if you are allowed to display extra adverts you are restricted to only one ad. Remember its three total ads per page.

Anyone recieving confirmation that it is ok to display ads?

[edited by: Hubbard at 3:39 pm (utc) on Aug. 16, 2006]

berto




msg:3048687
 4:11 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Okay, the ads within the search results may be relevant, but does all revenue from those ads accrue to Google (much like regular Google search result ads at www.google.com)? That still leaves the question: ads that we put in place outside the search results--i.e., at the page top, along the sidebar, at the footer, ads that we the publishers will profit from--will they be context sensitive to the search query? Like the ads directly within the search results, will they be targeted on the fly and in real time? And if not, won't the vast majority of clicks (all?) go to the real-time targeted ads within the search results and very few (none at all?) go to our publisher specified untargeted ads on the page periphery?

Hubbard




msg:3048788
 5:20 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

They are contextually relevant and all the money is yours. The question is are we allowed to show an Adsense unit next to search results.

jetteroheller




msg:3048989
 8:02 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I just started to test it. Search result page in my standard layout system

navigation: dark blue with white text

content: white wiht black text

The navigation should show a 300x250 box blended in the navigation, dark blue with white text.

But on the 300x250 block is white with black text.

Only when it's called by search results.

When I visit direct http://www.example.com/search.htm

The 300x250 block shows like expected dark blue with white text

Erick_L




msg:3048990
 8:03 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Works great on my site except the height leaves a big empty space at the bottom.

your visitor puts something into the search box, goes to the search results and if they do not happen to choose the paid results we get nothing. No click money, and the visitor is gone.

They'll stay within your site if you make them search your site.

Ok, this could mess me up. I have my AdSense code configured so it shows up on all pages of my site as it is too much work to add it to individual pages when one's website has about 700 pages

Ouch! That's why I put a text link on every pages search and this link leads to a single Google search page.

Hubbard




msg:3049073
 9:16 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

The big space at the bottom only happens if the search term doesn't display enough ads. A search result will either show no ads, an ad unit at the top, or one at the top and one at the bottom. The height of the layout if fixed to make space for the top and bottom ads if they show up.

If we are allowed to show an extra ad unit don't use large square units. They look ugly and don't blend. Use a skyscraper to one side or a wide banner at the bottom.

spander




msg:3049101
 9:32 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've set it up on my site, and it works great, however if the visitor's Google prefs are set to show more than 10 results per page, then that also seems to be in effect for the site search as well, and the results for page 2 and on don't fit in the iframe.

I sent a bug report to Google about that, so let's hope they fix it up.

Also, if you want to adjust the width, put this in the page where the iframe is to appear:

<style>
#googleSearchUnitIframe iframe {
width:600;
}
</style>

No other style attributes, such as scrolling, seem to work as G over-rides them in the js file.

Hubbard




msg:3049133
 9:49 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

<style>
#googleSearchUnitIframe iframe {
width:600;
}
</style>

That doesn't do anything for me. I put it on the result page and also tried placing it in the css with an! important attached. Nothing changed. Where did you put it?

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