Adding Google search bar is one of the easiest ways to let your site users discover content within your site. Google search bar is also a good way to monetise your website traffic since Google shows search ads inside your website. How do you go about doing this?
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There are two easy ways to do this-
- Google custom search bar.
- Expertrec custom search bar.
Method 1: Using Google custom search
- Google custom search bar-
- Go to https://cse.google.co.in/cse/
- Click sign in to custom search engine.
- Enter sites to search and click create.
- Click on receive code
- Add this code to your website. If you are on wordpress, you can use a plugin called elementor that will do this for you. If you are on other CMS you can contact your developer and ask him to add it to all the pages where you want this search bar to be shown.
- Once you add this code to your website, you will be able to see the google search bar in your website pages.
Though this might sound great to have google search on your website, there is no free lunch. Google shows ads to cover up for this service. Now say, your site is about shoes of brand X. when people search on your site for a shoe you have, Google shows an ad of your competitor brand Y and places it above your site results. Your visitors are going to believe that you indeed are recommending brand Y yourself. If you are going to monetise your visitors, then this will drastically reduce your income.
Second, no one really likes ads. In my opinion there is nothing like “non intrusive” ad. Ads are Ads and they are bad. I wouldn’t like to force my visitors to watch ads while they are searching on my website. Method 2 will give an alternative but paid solution for this problem.
Using expertrec custom search engine:
- Go to https://cse.expertrec.com?platform=cse
- Enter your website URL.
- Enter your sitemap URL if available.
- Wait for crawl to complete.
- Get code.
- Add the code to your website. You will get a search box for your website similar to this.
- You can control the look and feel of the website inside your control panel without coding.
Happy searching. Here is the signup link again https://cse.expertrec.com?platform=cse