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12:45 pm on Jun 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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New Google Site-Flavored Google Search

...you can customize search results based on the content of your website. Simply fill out a profile based on your site's content, generate the search box HTML, and then paste this HTML into your pages. Users who search from this search box will have the option to "flavor" their results based on the profile you've created.
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Let's say though I typed in "free widgets" and at the top of the search comes a box with 4 web searches regardless if I used search Google or my website.

If someone clicks on one of the 4 boxed ads, aren't they credited to my adsense account? I mean, let's say I have no real competitors since all I have on a certain site is information for attracting traffic.

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On their site it says regarding Google WebSearch:

"Customizable filters. Filter competitive ads from partners with whom you have exclusive relationships, or others you want to block. "

and

"Customize search results to fit with the look and feel of your site, and profit from clicks on AdSense targeted advertising that appears on search results pages."

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glenv,
I think that this is completely seperate from the newly released WebSearch, although it might be nice if they were integrated together for the circumstances that you mention.
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yep, you are absolutely right. I thought we were talking about the Websearch. My fault
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There was a French based search engine, I think named Voila, that had different flavors of themed searches all drawing from the same DB back in the late 1990's. It seemed to be a similar idea to this.

This might hurt niche directories.

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Looks like another "gee whiz" tool to keep afloat in the media.

From a site owners point of view, I also do not see why anyone would want to use this. Who in their right mind would want their users to visit other related sites?

The only ones who will probably have an interest are those who are scrambling for gmail addresses and have pure content sites where exit traffic is not a concern.

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"From a site owners point of view, I also do not see why anyone would want to use this. Who in their right mind would want their users to visit other related sites?"

Lots of sites that aren't trying to make a profit, such as educational or informational sites, would consider it a benefit to give their users personalized search for their topic area. Visitors certainly appreciate it too. :)

I can see the school of thought of "never send my visitors anywhere else but my domains," but I think many searchers appreciate, value, bookmark, and return to sites that offer services like this. I'd say that folks can try it out and play with it; if they don't like it, or are concerned it might send a visitor to a competitor--don't put it on your domain. Some site owners will find that this will improve their users' experience and decide to use it.

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>>think many searchers appreciate, value, bookmark, and return to sites that offer services like this.

Yes, like Google :)

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I think many searchers appreciate, value, bookmark, and return to sites that offer services like this.

That's certainly true of information sites. It might not be as true of a highly focused e-commerce site that's geared to once-in-a-decade purchases.

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I can see the school of thought of "never send my visitors anywhere else but my domains," but I think many searchers appreciate, value, bookmark, and return to sites that offer services like this

Such as..I can see the radio button option, "Search Yahoo" right below the search field in Google, maybe even set as default...?

Why not offer MySite searches as default? Only if the site has no result for that query, offer regular Google results as alternative, that would make Google popular, me thinks..or charge a fee per search for getting the insite exclusive?

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