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10:01 am on Feb 12, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I don't see many "search" type discussions.

Certainly not nearly as often as in past years

Are others using these features? Are these features being avoided for some reason (s)?


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6:37 am on Feb 16, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I removed the feature and went back to my own internal search system when I began receiving warnings in my then webmaster tools account. Duplicate content and lots of url issues if I remember correctly. I had it implemented to open a page on my site which I styled to make look like my site(somewhat). I think they also stopped letting me customize the appearance at some point, it's been a long time now.
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Thanks for the response.

I guess I need to implement my own internal search somehow.

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9:31 pm on Feb 23, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Just use DuckDuckGo for site search, I do. No need to reinvent the wheel to create your own internal search engine. The code I use is this (edit the values k7, kg, etc to change colors and stuff):
<form target="_blank" id="search" action="https://duckduckgo.com/">
<input type="hidden" name="sites" value="example.com" />
<input type="hidden" name="ka" value="h" />
<input type="hidden" name="kg" value="g" />
<input type="hidden" name="k7" value="w" />
<input type="hidden" name="kj" value="#004080" />
<input type="hidden" name="k1" value="-1" />
<input type="hidden" name="kx" value="g" />
<input type="text" name="q" maxlength="22" placeholder="Search" />
<input type="submit" value="Search" />
</form>
9:41 pm on Feb 23, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I use it but unfortunately the first 4 links are ads and it's not a good user experience if you use it as an internal search engine. Wished you could turn it off.
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Depending your on site/host config, most times it makes more sense to have your own INTERNAL search built in for the USERS. All kinds of options out there in that regard, but do be aware that some of your host/capacity will be put in play. BTW, these are USER perks, not adsense perks.

Disclaimer: I walked away from a number of adsense "features" years ago. Just concentrated on the basic biz and had better results. Each site is different, each result sought will be different. Test Test Test!
10:44 pm on Feb 23, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I use it but unfortunately the first 4 links are ads and it's not a good user experience if you use it as an internal search engine. Wished you could turn it off.

This is posted in the AdSense forum so ads in search results are to be expected. You are looking for something different than the OP is looking for.

p.s. Here's a simpler version of my code:
<form target="_blank" id="search" action="https://duckduckgo.com/">
<input type="hidden" name="sites" value="example.com" />
<input type="text" name="q" maxlength="22" placeholder="Search" />
<input type="submit" value="Search" />
</form>
12:01 am on Feb 24, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Oh by the way the k1 = -1 in my previous example disables ads. So you can run a site search DuckDuckGo box with no ads on the results page. Try that with Google LOL!

You can see the other great custom parameters for DDG here: [duckduckgo.com...]
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Thanks to everyone who replied.

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10:48 pm on Mar 28, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Google only indexed about 1/3 of my site in 20 years, so, needless to say, I don't use Google search. I use Freefind, and it's great!