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The search term 'homes' produced a results page with ads top and bottom that was too long and got cropped off badly at the bottom.
Please everybody build a list of words that do this and send Google your experience with the search results being cropped so they will drop the fixed height.
If I browse my site without using the search I cannot get it to crash. Weird.
I also tried removing all my banner ads throughout the site thinking they might be the problem. But it still happened (again, after using the search frame).
Anyone else seeing this or am I just an isolated case?
What would otherwise be great (showing search results on same website) is seriously marred because the results often don't fit in the area Google alots itself. Oftentimes the ad box at the bottom of the results is cut off. Or the page numbers (when there are more than one page of results) are cut off. So the top of the search results says "Results 1 - 10 of about 120 from www.whatever.com for #*$!" but there's no way to advance to the next 10.
THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM.
I would never have something like that live on my website if I had created it myself. Google, the wonder company, worth umpteen billion dollars, hasn't gotten this right yet? I AM DISGUSTED!
I don't have any formatting issues(implemented this search feature on Saturday).
What I am noticing is this:
1) The size of the search box, logo and option to search Web or Domain is absolutely, ridiculously large. Why not just a search box and a submit button? I'd even take just the Google logo, search box, and search button. Why do I want to give users the ability to search the web from my website? Anyone have any success in getting approvale to remove the Web/Domain option?
2) Payout seems really low, like 1/4 to 1/5 what a typical ad click makes. Maybe it's smart pricing because I just implemented the feature? But if it doesn't increase over the next 2-3 months, I'll be removing the feature and just buy a GSA. That way I can have the search box look however I want it to.
Ok, so maybe we can put AdSense ads on the page, but I opted not to, just in case, and because I thought it was too ad-centric with the ads from the search showing too.
Now, you are not supposed to put AdSense ads on non-content pages, like replacement 404s, for example, but is there any prohibition against putting the search box on a 404? Seems to me like that'd be a natural, but I don't know if Google sees it that way.