Google Custom Seach Engine = Brilliant! CSE Troubleshooting Tips


The Google Custom Search allows a simple addition of code to your site that creates a customized search engine run by Google.   This is often added via your adsense account (under ads / search) and it is a brilliant way to add search to you site that helps monetize your peeps with google advertising placed next to a list of your web pages.

HOWEVER I just spent a bit too much time fixing a simple problem so I thought I’d start a list of Google Custom Search Troubleshooting tips:

ONE:  It’ll only show indexed content so be sure to create a sitemap for Google. Also a good idea to place some links to your pages from other sites  so Google can find them more easily.

TWO:

be sure to add  *.*  to the specific URLs you want to custom search.     For our RetireUSA retirement custom search I needed to add this to the URLs box to make sure it picked up all of our indexed content:

http://www.retireusa.net/*.*

http://blog.retireusa.net/*.*

Check out our Retirement Search tomorrow at RetireUSA.net

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About JoeDuck

Internet Travel Guy, Father of 2, small town Oregon life. BS Botany from UW Madison Wisconsin, MS Social Sciences from Southern Oregon. Top interests outside of my family's well being are: Internet Technology, Online Travel, Globalization, China, Table Tennis, Real Estate, The Singularity.
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One Response to Google Custom Seach Engine = Brilliant! CSE Troubleshooting Tips

  1. horatiox says:

    Adsense/content seems to be more trouble than it’s worth. And note Google’s new “threshold” criteria: they don’t release any profits until the blog’s made over $100! Now, maybe for a high roller blog like Duck.com that’s every few days. For many that’s a few months (or year).

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