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I'm wondering if Adsense would work well enough to be placed on the search results page. Considering that the search function is widely used the number of different URLs that are created could be quite extensive and thus I wonder about the targeting of the Adsense ads.
Now you mention it I don't have the search query in the page title; I'll have to give that a try.
This leads to a couple of questions:
1. If I place a restriction in robot.txt for Google not to crawl the search results page will it still load ads on that page?
2. If it loads ads what criteria are being used to assess the content of the page? URL, page title, content?
I managed to get the search terms to appear in the page title and also now have AdSense displaying on the search results page. After 10 days the CTR is slightly below the site's CTR but certainly acceptable. The eCPM for the search results page is above the site average.
The ads produced by Google for the keyword search are best if the topic is within the nature of the site. However, I am somewhat pleasantly surprised that Google will also display relevant ads for keywords that are off-topic for the site. For instance, my site focuses on business issues but a search for something not associated with the site, like the name of a TV personality, often (but not always) produces an ad related to this keyword. In fact, better yet, the ads will appear even if my internal search results show no matches for the search terms. Thus, the use of search terms in the page title may be useful in helping Google determine what ads to load.
While 10 days is not a long enough period to test this, I do feel there probably is reasonable value to be had with placing AdSense on an internal search results page.