Google Custom Search is the best way to let your readers search your blog. It is just like giving the readers the power of Google search just this time the scope is limited to your blog alone. It is one of the most handy tool for each and every blogger out there. Its easy to setup and starts working the moment you put it in your blog. In this tutorial we will see how to embed a Google Custom Search Box into your blog and some tips related to it.
Some Thing You might want to Know
When a Blogger blog is created , a Custom Search Engine dedicated to it is also created with it. So technically speaking you might even not need to make your own Google CS Engine ( To Enable This just add a Search gadget from the Layouts ) . But wait here is the thing , there are some limitation attached to this search engine. Here is list of few
With this said , it is would be far better choice to go with a Google Custom Search Engine rather than the inbuilt Search Engine for your Blogger blog
<form action="/search"> <input id="q" style="width:150px;" name="q" size="70" type="text" /> <input value="Search" name="sa" type="submit"/> </form>
The results are more graphical but the way it functions is a bit unknown and the results sometimes can be a little off-target. No data related to queries is available
Now as we have seen how any other alternative is as good as Google Custom Search ,lets see how to implement it in your blog.
Why is GCS Good ?
Well some features that make it
With so many features you might be asking whether its really free ….. Yes its all free to grab. There is a Business version available too but as thats for businesses !
Finally How To put it in your Blog !
Follow the Steps below and you will have running on your blog in no time
1. Go to http://www.google.com/cse/manage/all and Click the New Search Engine Option in the Left
6. The Custom search has been setup for you and your blog is ready to be searched !
This is the most basic version of the Google Custom Search , now lets get started with some customizing
Note: For every change you make , 90% times you will have to put a new code in place , so I suggest you make all the changes and then only add the new code in your blog
Getting the images to be Indexed
Go to the Basics Tab and under the Search Preferences check the Enable Image Search option and Save Changes
The ability to show a result which is define by you when a reader enters a specific query
Hope you found the tutorial useful , feel free to ask any question or share your thoughts on it.