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October 24, 2006

Google Custom Search Engine

"Google is launching Customized Search Engine, a program where individuals' and organizations' can tailor the search results on their personal Web sites to better accommodate audience requests. The Custom Search Engines also enable users to monetize their search results using Google's AdSense – a program where Web site publishers can make money when visitors click on the Google ads displayed on their site. Google officials say the Custom Search Engine also allows its users to modify their search results so they are branded to look like their own."

Google Custom Search Engine, available at lets you actually create a search engine. You give it a name, a description, some keywords, a list of sites where to search, and you may allow other people to improve the list. You can restrict the search to the list of the sites you specified, or just emphasize them in the search results. The style of the search result pages can be customized and you can add a logo, like in AdSense for Search. The search results can be hosted on a Google page or can be displayed in a page from your site. You can even use Google Ajax Search instead of the standard formats. The ads displayed in the SERPs can be connected to you if you have an AdSense account.

The search engine can be improved using annotations (a set of labels that describe a page), that work like in Google Co-op, and can be added using Google Marker.

Here are some custom search engines from: Macworld, Intuit and a small search engine about Google created by me.

The new product is a combination of AdSense for Search and Google Co-op that makes it easy to create a search engine focused on specific topics.


  1. Upon checking this out, three features stood out:
    1) You can exclude sites that you do not want in the results
    2) You can easily do so using the Google Marker
    3) Anyone can volunteer to help

    So we decided to throw up an experiment to encourage everyone to mark spam sites to be excluded from search results.

    Working together as a community we may be able to radically improve the quality of the search results (or perhaps just get in a blacklisting war?)

    The result is Putch -

  2. This service is really really great. And it could become even better if it were easier to label sites.

    If you want to improve my search engine about Google, you can join here or you can try it from the search box below.

  3. My example Search for unprotected live webcam streams found through a variety of clever search techniques done with the Google Co-op custom search engine tool.

  4. Check It's a directory for custom search engines created with Google Coop.

  5. New Google CSE searchengine lauched! SearchHacker, Quick searches for many different file types like:
    mp3. mid, wav, au, wmv, avi, mpg, mov, mpeg, doc, xls, pds, txt, jpg, rar, torrent... you name it, can come in very handy! Have a look:

  6. How do you add a logo to custom google search engine? It has a thing for a url but what if your logo doesn't have a url how do you do it?