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Google AdSense for Search

Google AdSense for search is a fantastic way of making off your website or blog, you also get a cool search bar on your site which users can use to help them navigate around your site.

Anyone can get Google AdSense, its completely free to join, and can be a very useful addition to your site, and a good way of earning money.

Below is a step by step, illustrated guide of how to set up a Google AdSense for search.

First you need to log into your Google Account, to do this go to Google homepage, and click sign in (in the top right corner). Now sign into your Google account.

If you don't have a Google Account, below the Sign in box, there is the option to create a new account. Click create now and then fill in your email, make up a good, hard to guess password, and then say what country you are from.
Log in to your Google account

Go to Google Home and click Settings then Google account settings. Google Account Settings

On the next page, in "My Products" you should see that AdSense has appeared. Click on this, which will take you to Google Adsense home. My Products - AdSense

Once you are logged into AdSense, click on AdSense Setup, and then click on AdSense for Search. You will then AdSense for Search

Then click Get started ». Get started »

The next page is fairly straightforward. You need to choose your:
  • Search Type - The entire web, or just your site/selected sites I recommend selected sites rather than the whole web

  • Selected sites - The sites you want it to search (if not the entire web)

  • Optional Keywords - These are only really relevant if you are searching the whole web

Then fill in the site language, country etc. Then when you are done click Continue >>.
Continue >>
On the next page you can select the size and style of the search box. You can also choose the length of the search box. Leave this at its default unless you know you need it to be a specific size to fit in a gap on your site. When finished, click Continue >>. Continue >>

Now you need to choose whether to host the results page on your own website, or on Google's. I personally host it on my own site, however this is very hard to explain how to do. If you have a basic understand of HTML, you should get the hand of what Google is asking you to do, if not just click "Open results on Google in the same window" or "Open results on Google in a new window". You can then customise the colour settings. Finally when you are finished, click Continue >>. Continue >>

Now you need to name your search engine. Also make sure you tick the box that says: "Your use of these AdSense for Search features is subject to additional terms. By ticking this box and clicking 'Submit', you are agreeing to these terms" - as long as you do agree.

Click Submit and Get Code, then copy your search box code onto your site and voilà!
AdSense for Search Code

Finally, the fun bit. Leave your search ads to earn you money. Every time someone searches on your site, and clicks on one of the adds on the search results page, you will earn a little bit of money. Once you have earned £60 BPS or $100 USD you will be sent your payment!
AdSense for Search Earnings
You can review how much money you have earned by going to Google AdSense home.

Here is my search box - why not test it out, to see what a Google Custom Search is like.

Good luck with AdSense!
Need any more help? Go to Google AdSense Help.

Links: Google Adsense

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 9th December 2009

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