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"See More" Google Custom Search (Lite) - Increase Adsense revenue!
Mod Version: 1.2.3, by tpearl5 (Coder/Designer) tpearl5 is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (3 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 39
Released: 19 Jun 2014 Last Update: 16 Sep 2014 Downloads: 284
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ForumSetup.net’s “See More” Google Custom Search will allow visitors to easily find similar content on your site and increase your Adsense revenue! Many sites that have this modification installed have also reported a bump in pages per visitor and a decreased bounce rate as well!

How does it do this? A “See More” link is inserted in the first post of a thread. If a user is coming from a search engine, the keyword they used to search will be used to link to a Google Custom Search to find more similar content on your site. If the modification cannot get the keyword or a user is browsing your site, the title of the thread will be used instead. The free version of Google Custom Search inserts relevant ads, increasing your Adsense revenue at the same time.

Features:
  • Displays search results within your site (does not go to Google)
  • Statistics in Google Analytics
  • Customize the See More font and link
  • Change “See More” text to whatever you want
  • Change the HTML around the See More link
  • Option to show popular queries & the time period they are from

Pro only features:
  • Option to show the See More link to members or specific usergroups
  • Turn off showing the thread title as the See More link
  • Choose from 4 different locations for the link (before/after first post, before/after signature)
  • Replace the default vBulletin search box with Google Custom Search
  • Option to show the replaced search box to members or specific usergroups
  • Removes link to ForumSetup.net in footer

Case Studies & Reviews

Case Study: cellphoneforums.net
Cell Phone Forums saw a number of different positive metrics immediately after installing See More Google Custom Search. The See More link is set to display just below the first post content and thread titles are turned on.

  • Bounce Rate decreased by 5.5%
  • Pages/Session increased 12%
  • Avg. Session Duration increased 10%
  • Search page RPM: $15.88
  • Adsense revenue: 64% increase


Case Study: nikonites.com
Nikonites also did well and saw better numbers with See More Google Custom Search installed.
  • Bounce Rate decreased by 2%
  • Search page RPM: $9.39
  • Adsense revenue: 23% increase

Review: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...2&postcount=89
Review 2: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...1&postcount=86

Results will vary depending on site traffic and subject matter.

Installation

Google Custom Search Setup
  1. First, you'll need to set things up with Google Custom Search if you haven't already. We are already assuming you have a Google Adsense account setup and it is linked with Custom Search
  2. Go to https://www.google.com/cse/create/new
  3. Enter all information and click Create
  4. Under "Edit search engine" go to "Look and feel"
  5. Click "Full width" and click Save
  6. Go to "Setup"
  7. Click the "Make money" tab, and make sure "Search Engine Monetization" is on and your AdSense account is hooked up
  8. On the "Basics" tab under the Details section click - "Search engine ID"
  9. Take note of your Search Engine ID


See More install & setup
  1. Once you download the package, unzip it
  2. Upload gsearch.php to your forum root
  3. Install the product xml under the admincp. Plugins & Projects > Manage Products > Add/Import Product (at the bottom)
  4. Go to Settings > Options > "See More" Google Custom Search
  5. Insert your pub id as noted in the last step of the previous section
  6. If you wish to change how the results page looks the template is named see_more_gsearch
  7. That's it!

Release Log
  • 6/18/14 - 1.0 - Initial Release
  • 6/20/14 - 1.0.1 - corrected issue with Google ID verification
  • 6/28/14 - 1.2.1 - Added option to display popular queries on search results page & choose the period of time they are from – Caching of search page template – Fixed validation error with Google Search ID - Fixed an issue where links were not appearing for some setups – Removed search page centering – Added support for different character encoding.
  • 7/24/14 - 1.2.2 - Fixed character encoding issue - Added Who's Online location
  • 9/16/13 - 1.2.3 - Fixed another character encoding issue - Added mobile style support

The lite version adds a link to ForumSetup.net to the footer of the search results page and thread pages. The pro version does not have this and adds some other features. To learn more, please see this page.

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Old 22 Dec 2014, 16:51
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Hi,

Is there a sample website in English which this feature is installed on correctly and working we can see / try ?

Thanks Rory
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Old 23 Dec 2014, 00:58
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Originally Posted by rory2000 View Post
Hi,

Is there a sample website in English which this feature is installed on correctly and working we can see / try ?

Thanks Rory
Why not install it on your site or a test site and test it out?
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Old 23 Dec 2014, 01:16
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Originally Posted by rory2000 View Post
Hi,

Is there a sample website in English which this feature is installed on correctly and working we can see / try ?

Thanks Rory
The two sites mentioned in the first post have it installed.
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Old 23 Dec 2014, 21:13
Gadget_Guy Gadget_Guy is offline
 
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Just installed on my site.

Working fine so far.

For those that can help guide me.....

How can I track the mod via Adsense and Google Analytics?

Anything I need to add or change to see what the results are?


For those that are using the pro version.... Did you enable this for your members?

What about using the adsense search instead of the VB search? Any negative feedback?

If you enabled it for members, did you get any negative feedback? I get enough grief having ad banners for members to the point where I only have a footer ad for members. Guests have full ads everywhere.



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  #140  
Old 24 Dec 2014, 15:54
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I track it in AdSense, you have special report for custom channels as this mod uses custom search integration. So, money earned with this mod you'll see there. Don't know about GA, didn't checked where info would be shown.

And you don't need to do anything (of course, you need to install this mod following instructions and conect custom search with AdSense).
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Old 25 Dec 2014, 12:14
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Originally Posted by Alan_SP View Post
I track it in AdSense, you have special report for custom channels as this mod uses custom search integration. So, money earned with this mod you'll see there. Don't know about GA, didn't checked where info would be shown.

And you don't need to do anything (of course, you need to install this mod following instructions and conect custom search with AdSense).

Can you tell me how you did this? I cant seem to figure out how to connect this search to a custom channel...
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Old 25 Dec 2014, 12:38
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You don't do that. You just need to configure custom search how do you like it and in tab Make money you need to associate it with your AdSense ID. After that everything works, ads shown on your custom search pages are linked to your account.
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Old 25 Dec 2014, 12:51
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I believe I am. I'm showing ads: (see: http://www.forbbodiesonly.com/moparf...s-street-strip)

I just don't know if its connected to a custom channel or not, or does it do that automatically?
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Old 25 Dec 2014, 16:05
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If you just show ads, that means nothing. Google shows ads until you purchase option without ads. Only thing is, if Google shares earnings with you or not. You need to connect your AdSense account to receive some money from your these ads.

As I said, you do this in Custom Search CP->Choose your site (I have more than one, if you have only one maybe you don't need to choose your site)->Setup->Make Money. In that tab (Make Money) you connect your AdSense account.

If you did that, you see your AdSense ID there. And money starts to come. And it's not channel. It's type of product.

Go and see custom search ACP, it would be much clearer there what you should do.
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Old 26 Dec 2014, 20:32
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i pay for pro vrsion but every time i enetr Google Search ID i get the following erroe massage
Error:
You did not enter a valid value for this setting.

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also can i add my adsense ad unit in serach result page after queriesperiod , and where i need to insert ad code
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Old 27 Dec 2014, 00:10
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Originally Posted by khalled View Post
i pay for pro vrsion but every time i enetr Google Search ID i get the following erroe massage
Error:
Thanks for purchasing! You did not enter a valid value for this setting.

attached screan shoot
You can ignore this as long as the ID is correct

Originally Posted by khalled View Post
also can i add my adsense ad unit in serach result page after queriesperiod , and where i need to insert ad code
You can't add additional ad units on the search results page, no. The ads that are displayed should already have your ads displayed, so you really don't need any more ads.
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Old 27 Dec 2014, 00:14
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i have a dark theme installed on my forum do do i remove the white google custom search text from the search box or alter it?

BTW i bought the paid version.
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Old 27 Dec 2014, 00:16
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Originally Posted by Gadget_Guy View Post
Just installed on my site.

Working fine so far.

For those that can help guide me.....

How can I track the mod via Adsense and Google Analytics?
For GA, there is a report under Behavior > Site Search - the query parameter is still q , so nothing should have to be changed.
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Old 27 Dec 2014, 00:18
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Originally Posted by kemraj View Post
i have a dark theme installed on my forum do do i remove the white google custom search text from the search box or alter it?

BTW i bought the paid version.
Thanks for purchasing!

You can modify the template 'see_more_gsearch_form'
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Old 27 Dec 2014, 00:23
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Originally Posted by Alan_SP View Post
If you just show ads, that means nothing. Google shows ads until you purchase option without ads. Only thing is, if Google shares earnings with you or not. You need to connect your AdSense account to receive some money from your these ads.

As I said, you do this in Custom Search CP->Choose your site (I have more than one, if you have only one maybe you don't need to choose your site)->Setup->Make Money. In that tab (Make Money) you connect your AdSense account.

If you did that, you see your AdSense ID there. And money starts to come. And it's not channel. It's type of product.

Go and see custom search ACP, it would be much clearer there what you should do.
I am associated -- the only thing is the revenue doesn't show under the custom channels like was said earlier, it shows under the Products tab
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