Now is the time to do it, well, if you are looking for a really easy way to do it, then Google has an option for you, it’s called [tag]Google Co-op[/tag] and it is a piece of cake. You create your account, name your search engine, change whatever settings you want to change, select the sites you want to search, and bamm, a brand new search engine. Check out the one I created at Serpsville.com, a technology only search engine. Note: Site is really bare, I need to create a logo and any about text I can think of. When you are searching for hardware or software help, you don’t want to see prices, you want help, so why include everything else? You can even let other people help you create it and edit it, a true user community search engine. Even if no one else uses it, it will be useful to me as Google’s results aren’t near as good as they used to be.
I did get some errors, so this is definitely still in beta, there are a couple things I couldn’t get to work, I figure someone else has had to report the same things by now, so hopefully it will get fixed soon.
We’re thrilled to tell you that the search for your own search engine is over. Today we are launching the Google Custom Search Engine. As you might imagine, it’s a simple and straightforward product to use and understand. In a matter of minutes you can create a search engine that reflects your knowledge and interests; looks and feels like your own; and, if you choose, you can make money from the traffic you receive through Google’s Adsense program. You can even invite your friends and trusted community members to add to and help build your search engine. Source: Google Blog
Michael Arrington from TechCrunch says,
This isn’t new – Rollyo, Eurekster and Yahoo already have similar products. But Google is also offering, as an option, to bundle the service with Google Adsense ads and share revenue with websites that embed the custom search engine into their site. Only Eurekster currently shares revenue with users. Yahoo’s product, which got a lot of press at launch, has barely been mentioned in the nearly three months since then.
For bloggers, using Google Co-op may be a better choice than the built in search feature. A search engine can be created that searches just a single site, and Google search is generally better than search features included with blog software, and with the addition of Adsense this will generate a separate income stream as well. Source: TechCrunch
Lots and lots of Buzz and new posts about Google Co-op, but lots of them seem to be me two’s and look at my new search engine type posts, just like this one.
Added: Here are some great examples from Vik Singh and an EECS student at UC Berkeley,
So what is it? It’s called Google Co-op, a platform which enables users to build their own vertical search engines and make money off the advertisements. It provides a clean, easy interface for simple site restrictions (like what Yahoo! Search Builder and Live Macros offer) but on top of that a ridiculous number of power user features for tweaking the search results. The user has control over the look and feel (to embed the search box on their own site), can rank results, and even (multi) tag sites to let viewers filter out results by category. Source: This entry was posted in Google, Search Engines. Bookmark the permalink.