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GTSearch: Google™ Custom Search Engine
Mod Version: 1.00, by Princeton (Coder/Designer) Princeton is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (33 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 384
Released: 06 Nov 2007 Last Update: Never Downloads: 2979
Not Supported Auto-Template Additional Files  

Now you can have your very own Google™ Custom Search Engine tailored specifically for your web site.

Why GTSearch: Google™ Custom Search Engine?
  • Help your visitors find what they're looking for
  • Invite your friends and community to contribute
  • Make money with AdSense for Search
Custom modification brought to you by Joe Velez (aka Princeton vbulletin.org Admin).

1.0.0 VERSION (download GTSEARCH.zip)

This is a "No Template Edits" modifications.

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What is a Custom Search Engine?

A Custom Search Engine is a tailored search experience, built using Google's core search technology, that prioritizes or restricts search results based on websites and pages you specify. Your Custom Search Engine can be tailored to reflect your point of view or area of expertise. With a Custom Search Engine, you can:
  • Apply your website's look and feel to the search results page.
  • Provide search refinements within results pages to make it easier for searchers to find the information they're looking for.
  • Add sites to your search engine's index as you surf the web.
  • Invite friends and trusted users to co-edit and contribute to your search engine.
  • Make money from your Custom Search Engine by participating in Google's AdSense program.
Once you've defined your search engine index, Google will give you a simple piece of code for a search box to place on your site or blog. You'll then have the option to choose various customization options to make the look and feel and functionality of your search engine your own.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q)
What exactly does this modification do?
A) It integrates your CSE with your site - results are on your site not on a Google-hosted page.

Q) Can I run Adsense ads on the same page?
A) No, it's Adsense Google's TOS. To earn money, you will need to associate your CSE with your Adsense account. You can do this by clicking the "Make Money" section of your custom search engine control panel.

Instructions
  1. Upload gtsearch.php file to vbulletin root (same place where global.php file is located)
  2. Install GTSearch: Google™ Custom Search Engine product file
  3. Create a Custom Search Engine @ google.com
  4. Want to make money? Follow directions as instructed in the Make Money section of your CSE page.
  5. When completed copy/paste Code to GTSearch: Google™ Custom Search Engine vBulletin Options.
  6. Done




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  • November 6 2007 - GTSearch: Google™ Custom Search Engine release
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Old 06 Nov 2007, 21:22
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woot First!

Installed

Thanks for this.. I might make some money from google now!
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Old 06 Nov 2007, 22:03
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Will this mod conflict with google adsense?
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Old 06 Nov 2007, 22:25
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This is fracking great. I was hooked on the idea of the Custom Search and have seen some sites online doing really well with it. I didn't want to divert from my site's 'feel' - this is the ideal solution.

A big thank you.
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install and works great !!!!


One thing Princeton is there a way i can center it? the way it looks it is to the left of the page.

thanks pb
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Old 07 Nov 2007, 00:12
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I'm receiving the following error:

"The URL is not valid and cannot be loaded."
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Old 07 Nov 2007, 00:34
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Doesn't this mean that users will only be able to search in threads that are visible to guests?
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Old 07 Nov 2007, 01:05
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thanks much
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Old 07 Nov 2007, 01:31
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Downloaded and installed...

Followed directions to the tee. Also made sure I included the url to the gtsearch.php within the CSE code.

Worked a couple of times...but getting a lot of Google Internal Server errors.

It was fun while it lasted...but must uninstall since it's really serving no useful purpose if Google can't handle the query.

May be nice...once all the bugs are out of it...

So at this point, I really can't click installed, since it's not functioning properly.
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Old 07 Nov 2007, 01:39
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Originally Posted by Warden-B- View Post
Will this mod conflict with google adsense?
it's against their TOS - do not add google adsense .. you will earn money when visitors click on Sponsored ads in the Google results

Originally Posted by Michelle View Post
Doesn't this mean that users will only be able to search in threads that are visible to guests?
whatever google can index is available

Originally Posted by Saviour View Post
Downloaded and installed...

Followed directions to the tee. Also made sure I included the url to the gtsearch.php within the CSE code.

Worked a couple of times...but getting a lot of Google Internal Server errors.

It was fun while it lasted...but must uninstall since it's really serving no useful purpose if Google can't handle the query.

May be nice...once all the bugs are out of it...
check your settings; check your plugins .. Google doesn't produce errors (at least as far as I'm aware)
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Old 07 Nov 2007, 01:40
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What is the template addons, it doesn't work with my style by default.
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Old 07 Nov 2007, 01:44
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Do you know why I'm getting the error message I stated above?
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Old 07 Nov 2007, 02:00
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I'm getting an error. I have added the GTSearch box now, but it still seems to try to use the standard search when I enter any text into the Google box.

However, since the standard box is empty (when I use the google box), it returns an error that nothing matches the search terms.
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Old 07 Nov 2007, 02:03
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Originally Posted by youradhere4222 View Post
Do you know why I'm getting the error message I stated above?

You need to specify in the CSE what the url will be to display your results...

Example: http://www.yourdomain.com/forums/gtsearch.php

Make sure you specify the landing page...gtsearch.php.
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