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Surely the earnings from this will be lower:
unless I have completely misunderstood, G track the impressions from the image next to the search box.
Your CTR is when someone performs a search, but you only get paid if someone clicks on a paid advertisement on the results page. Therefore I'd expect the CPC to be considerably lower then Adsense, if people are getting 30% of their Adsense revenue from this then that suggests it is working extremely well (if I've completely misunderstood how the system works I apologise in advance).
Also, I'd imagine that the Google 'charges'; will be taken off at the same time - but like the earnings they will never let us know the details.
No. This isn't correct or else my impressions would about 500 times than that of what they report. It is probably based on searchs or ad groups shown.
"Your CTR is when someone performs a search, but you only get paid if someone clicks on a paid advertisement on the results page. Therefore I'd expect the CPC to be considerably lower then Adsense, if people are getting 30% of their Adsense revenue from this then that suggests it is working extremely well (if I've completely misunderstood how the system works I apologise in advance)."
Impressions are when someone searches and ads show up. A click in the reports is when someone clicks on an ad. Clicks divided by impressions which give you a percentage -> CTR. EPC would "appear" to be affected in your example above because you are adding in non-ad clicks. Adsense stats don't count non-ad clicks. At least this is my understanding.
Which is surprisingly high in my opinion. There just isn't enough data to support this nor enough searches as of yet since I am just testing.
This is not so much an original feature [WebSearch], I've had it installed on my sites for several years, especially since many free alternatives stop at 100 or so pages on your site.
Now it might pay me something?
Along with the already AdSense largesse?
I can't believe it.
On the down side, the new code doesn't work compared to the old. AdSense will rectify that.
FYI, after 3 days, I'm seeing WebSEarch CTR pretty much line with what I see with Adsense, although EPC is about 10% of my AdSense EPC.
My search EPC is quite low, too, but CTR is about 5 times my content CTR for the month to date.
Bad news: Only a small percentage of my visitors use search, so income from AdSense Search is likely to be a tiny fraction of my revenues from content ads.
I've already linked to it from my search page as another option for my readers, just because it's so useful to the kind of novice searcher who searches on broad terms like "europe" or "japan" or "sydney" rather than "europe travel" or "japan tourist information" or "sydney hotels."
Site-Flavored Google Search
Another thing is yes, google should have a header and footer option to allow you to integrate the search into your site if they would like more webmasters to participate. I was already using a site search powered by the Google API, which integrated into my site nicely, while this one looks very unprofessional. I am still not sure which one to use as this one does have the option of providing revenue, but at a lower EPC, is it really worth sending vistors to competitors sites?
I just altered mine and now it looks really good. 133 pixels wide so fits perfectly down the right hand side. Jazzed up the look slightly as well.
"We do allow limited customization of the WebSearch code with written permission from Google. At this time, however, publishers are not permitted to modify the background color of the WebSearch box. Please do not modify the code in this manner."
Frustrating, but there you have it.
However, we have emailed Google because technically this search page doesn't have much content on it and the TOS say the search box page should.
Will be interesting to see the response.
Europeforvisitors did the same sort of thing ...
europeforvisitors - 7:33 pm on June 18, 2004 (utc +2)
Lipik, thanks for pointing that out, but I'm not displaying the search box on an empty page. The TOS state, "Each Web page(s) that contains a Search Box must also contain other content related to Your Site," and my search page does.
My latest implementation of the search page includes a table of contents with links to the main menus of my site. So having a separate search page (rather than a search box on every page) allows me to provide the equivalent of a top-level site map for my main site and my "sites within the site."
BTW, it's easy to see why Google requires that the search box be on a page that contains other content related to one's site. If there were no such requirement, we'd see massive sites that consisted of nothing but keywords and search boxes.