Make a Google Custom Search For Your Blog, and Make Money64
Do you know that every time a person searches your blog you could make money?
Why should you use Google Custom Search?
Because the WordPress search function isn’t the best. WordPress just lists every post with the search terms in it, with no priority given to the most relevant posts. Also, WordPress search doesn’t allow you to make money from it, but Google Search does.
Give the page a title like “Search Results”. Don’t enter any content now. Deactivate the comments and pings, and publish the page. After that click “View Page” and copy the URL from your browser’s address bar and save it somewhere for later.
2 - Go to the Google Custom Search Engine page and click the button that says “Create a Custom Search Engine”.
Google will ask you to login. If you already have a Google account you will be redirected to the configuration page. If you don’t have a Google account, you will have to create one (It’s free!).
- Insert the Search Engine Name;
- Insert a Search Engine Description;
- Insert some Search Engine Keywords;
- Choose the Search Engine Language;
- Select “Only Sites I Select”;
- Insert your Website URL (Click on “Tips on formatting URLs” for more information).
- Select the “Standard Edition” option;
- Check the box;
- Click Next.
Click on either of the 2 images below to see screenshots of the completed form.
I would change the color scheme for the results that are displayed. Choose wisely, and try to use the color scheme of your website.
If you don’t have an AdSense account, choose “I am a new AdSense User” and you will be redirected to a Google page were you can create one. After you have created your account you can follow the next steps.
Before you do this, you will have to be signed up to Google AdSense for Search. If you aren’t already, you can do so by signing into your AdSense account and selecting “My Account” and then “Account Access”.
Then try clicking Submit in your search engine page and all should be fine. If you haven’t done it right, you will get an error saying: “Your account does not have SearchAds. Make sure you are signed up for AdSense for Search and not just AdSense for Content or Referrals.”
Next insert the URL of the page were you want the search results to appear. Remember that URL that I told you to save in at the beginning of this How-to? Now it’s time to use it. That will be the page were the search results will appear.
Now scroll down and there you have the codes that you need to place on your site or blog.
Copy the first code and paste it were you want your search box to appear (usually the Sidebar).
The second block is the results, based on the keyword or text that the reader entered in the search box.
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