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12:35 pm on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've put an adsense search box on my home page. And I want people search with this tool so I tell them "You may type in your search term in the text box and click the Search button". But I did not ask them to click the ads after the search result appears.

Does it break the TOS?

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I can not imagine, that such a text would increase the usage of the search box.
1:24 pm on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Some people do not know what search engine is!
1:32 pm on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I dread to think what your site looks like!

I expect you use the phrase "click here" in most of your anchor text as well?

Good site design is the key to enabling people to use your site properly. If you're having to resort to telling users what to do then it's a sign that there's a problem with your design.

Users should know intuitively what to do.

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I dread to think what your site looks like!
I expect you use the phrase "click here" in most of your anchor text as well?

Good site design is the key to enabling people to use your site properly. If you're having to resort to telling users what to do then it's a sign that there's a problem with your design.

Users should know intuitively what to do.

I disagree with most of your post unless his site is for webmasters in general.

Users in general dont know what to do.
- You should help them with a simple design.
- All your headings must be clear and to the point.

Instead of what you have try a shorter version...
Search this website:

As long as you dont mention Ads, then you should be fine.

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Every night at 9:00PM, I must tell my daughter : hey,it's time for sleep!

But I need not to say the same words to my father.

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Every night at 9:00PM, I must tell my daughter : hey,it's time for sleep!

But I need not to say the same words to my father.

Beautiful!

3:44 pm on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"Every night at 9:00PM, I must tell my daughter : hey,it's time for sleep!
But I need not to say the same words to my father."

Good point. There are tons of NEW internet users coming online each day -- and they have no clue

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like, "what is a mouse?" and "what is right click?"

I get that all the time. :(

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Instead of what you have try a shorter version...
Search this website:

I think most general users know what search this website means. If not then they should not be able to get to your website through searches.

That is my advice talking from experience.

RJ

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Just today I had someone who has owned a PC for at least three years ask me what a floppy disk was, and whether that was different from the "other thing (the CD-ROM)". I kid you not.
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I added s seatch once never ot moneyty from it so when you search with it does it give you money when they search or when they click on a link after they search. or what
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"Search This Site Using the Power of Google"
3:52 am on Mar 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Once again -- Does it break the TOS?
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I don't think intructional text angers the Google gods. I might fire your copywriter though.

Just don't modify their search code.

M

3:21 pm on Mar 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I disagree with most of your post unless his site is for webmasters in general.

Users in general dont know what to do.
- You should help them with a simple design.
- All your headings must be clear and to the point.

Err, isn't that the same as what I said, "Good site design is the key to enabling people to use your site properly.

Whqat exactly do you disagree with? It seems to me that we're talking the same language.

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Instead of what you have try a shorter version...
Search this website:

Exactly!

I'd personally go with the phrase "site search" as the text on the button which is adjacent to an empty text box.

It works for Google. They don't seem to be suffering.

Consitency is key. As a general rule, see how a majority of sites do it, and copy! Users learn by recognition & repetition. If your search feature looks different to everybbody elses, there's a chance they won't recognise it as a search feature.