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Google Custom Search Engine offers very similar functionality to the Google Site Search but comes with a major disadvantage: ads. If you’re not a nonprofit or school then you’ll be stuck with ads. On the plus side, you can monetize the ads by connecting your Adsense account, but you’ll still likely be advertising for competitors.
Google CSE has changed a lot since the closure of its two corresponding products. Google Custom Search used to be a free site search supported by Google ads. That’s right, if you install CSE you will be showing ads of other businesses (and even your competitors) on your own website.
As of today, Google CSE offers different plans for different business needs as well as lots of customization tools. Yet its design limitations, ads, lack of speed made many of former Google search products’ customers look for a better solution.
How to add a Google Custom Search Replacement to your Website
Here we will visit the steps required to add the ExpertRec Custom search engine to your website. This is one of the easiest setup processes of all the available options out there and is highly recommended.
- Navigate to https://cse.expertrec.com/newuser?platform=cse and signup with your Google ID.
- Enter your website’s URL when prompted. You can select a server location near you and add the URL of your sitemap if you wish to. These will be auto-detected otherwise.
- You can play around with the settings and customize the UI as the crawl runs. Once it is complete, you can check out a fully functional demo before taking the search to your website.
- You can take the search to your website with little to no effort. All you need to do is to paste the code snippet available on the dashboard on your website.
ExpertRec comes with more customization options that you can explore. You can read this article to find a more detailed guide on the installation and configuration.