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Exploiting Google Custom Search: A BHer's Guide to Making an Easy Automated $1700/month!

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  1. turbopugsleylx

    turbopugsleylx Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hello All,

    This is a method I read about in the past and adapted it to my own needs. Use your brain when following this guide and I am SURE you can creatively create tons of cash using this little explored facet of Google.

    Lets Get Into Some Details...




    Background



    Google Custom Search has been around since late 2006 and it really didn?t make the huge impact I thought it would in the SEO....That is until it was adapted for my uses :ridinghor

    I figured out that Google Custom Search gave me a brand new way to link together and cross promote my entire network of niche sites, and I thought that was pretty neat.

    But let?s stop for a sec and evaluate three things that make GCS especially useful for us SEO?s and Affiliate Marketers, shall we?

    ? GCS engines can be highly targeted, returning extremely relevant results. This means that we can create a GCS that will satisfy the search needs of our site?s users based on their specific interests; and a satisfied user is a loyal user.

    ? GCS engines allow us to return results only from the websites we choose. This means that we can set up a GCS to promote only those sites within our network. So if we have a mini-network on home development, our GCS can be set to only return those relevant results from sub-sites within our network. For our mini-network on home development our GCS might return results from sub-sites that provide mortgage offers, information on concrete polishing, or how to select granite countertops. This allows us to cross promote the sites within our network instead of having visitors turn to our competitor for more in-depth information.

    ? GCS is made to be monetized. You can display your Adsense ads in your search results and thus can make money from the increased impressions when people search within your GCS.



    Diggin Deeper



    From the standpoint of SEO, GCS is like shooting fish in a barrel because it lets you bypass the usual google.com search completely and in so doing, you bypass your competition! Of course, as I?m sure many of you who have played with Google Custom Search have already seen: your search engine is only as good as the number of viewers you can funnel through it. Meaning, if you have a GCS that only does 20 searches a day then you are really not going to see any tangible benefit to having it setup on your domain.

    The hardest thing about making your custom search profitable is getting traffic to it. Often people add GCS to their website as an afterthought. Maybe they just feel like it is a cheap & easy way to provide search functionality and increased accessibility to their users. That is all well and good, but we aren?t just trying to make our site more accessible, we are trying to make some extra money, and this implementation of a Google search is rarely profitable because only a small percentage of your websites visitors will ever use it.

    As of this post, I am running a HUGE amount of different GCS engines. I have a GCS engine for every single niche I am involved in. Every time I start a new niche, one of the first things I do after going online is to create a GCS for it. I constantly maintain and update my GCS? settings and configuration, adding and removing websites from each niche network. This is a lot of work, but depending on the subject matter for each niche, the profit returned from the GCS alone can rival the profit I make on the niches individual websites themselves.


    But still, we face the same problem. My many GCS engines are useless and won?t make a cent unless I am providing them with a sufficient volume of visitors performing searches.

    Rather, what we need is a way to take every one of our visitors interested in that given niche and direct their attention towards using nothing else other than our niche?s GCS to find the answers they need. This is where my evil plan unfolds...:peace:

    The secret here as with all BH is thinking outside of the box. Sure lots of websites offer inline search functionality or something similar to GCS, but how about offering a search-based service outside of a proper website? How about getting people to search for answers in your niche without ever even visiting your website, and without ever even knowing your website exists in the first place?

    What I am referring to here are desktop widget platforms like Google Desktop or (my favorite) Windows Vista Sidebar. Even web-top widget platforms like Netvibes, Facebook and more. For the sake of this post, I am going to focus solely on Windows Vista Sidebar. Now I know vista is a bit outdated right now....but use your brain on how to adapt this....(think iPhones, Blackberry, Facebook Groups, Facebook PPC etc etc)

    Out of curiosity, I started messing around with was the sidebar widgets. They have made it incredibly simple for people to create and publish their own widgets to the Windows Live Gallery website for other people to download and use. Also, Windows Vista Sidebar widgets can be very lucrative since there aren't many people who have made these sidebar widgets!

    A Vista sidebar widget is comprised of simple HTML and an XML file that acts in many ways like a PAD file does in as much as it identifies your widget and its provenance. If you know how to copy-and-paste and some basic HTML, then you can easily create a desktop widget.



    Time to Take the Red Pill



    Finding the proper niche is key to doing large search volume. Be SPECIFIC. For example, one of my most high traffic search engines was one that enabled people to interpret their dreams.

    Realizing that people love to know what their dreams mean, I did some brief research and compiled a database of dreams and their meanings. Then I created a website around that database and did all the usual SEO stuff on it, got it indexed and laid in some Adsense ads just for good measure.

    Next, I went to my Google account and set up a custom search engine. The setup interface allows you to target your search engine to a pre-defined list of websites or to have to search the entire web. For my purpose, I made the custom search engine return results from ONLY my website that I had made around the dreams database I compiled. That way, not only do I stand to profit from the ads displayed in the SERPs but since all the SERP results are for pages on my site, I am funneling traffic into my site which in turn shows more of my ads.

    After going through all the setup steps, Google spat out the code for me to copy-and-paste into the HTML for my Sidebar Search Widget.
    I am not going to go into detail on how-to create your widgets as it is extremely easy to do and you will be able to figure it out on your own with a little help from a Google search on the topic...

    So my little search widget was designed with nice clean interface and a snappy title and then I published it to the Windows Live Gallery website. Within one week, over 1000 people had downloaded my widget to their desktop sidebar. Getting that kind of desktop real estate on peoples computer screens is something that most internet marketers would KILL for. My search box is on their screen every day and it continually sends their requests to my website.

    The important part is repeating this process on many different subjects. The more subjects you cover, the more search volume you will pull. The beautiful thing here is the sky is really the limit. If you want to pull in that $50/day I?ve been talking about, then you better be prepared to create a GCS for every niche you are in. And you better be prepared to present each of your GCS? in a different widget for each platform. Ie: Create one widget for Netvibes, one for Vista, one for Google Desktop, etc, etc. Once you get the hang of it, you will find that you can create a simple template for each platform and then just plug in the different GCS code into each one. The sky is the limit man!


    To find new cutting edge content crawl http://www.archive.org/index.php and make a website database easily. You can also utilize Google or Yahoo Trends to get Volcanic ideas for widgets

    How about creating a database of Bible verses, and then creating a Bible Study search widget that funnels all searches into that website? How about creating a website of food and drink recipes and making it searchable via a desktop widget?


    Ideas, Ideas, and More Ideas....


    The databases provided give you an excellent leg-up in creating websites with large amounts of information that are perfectly appropriate for Google Custom Search widgets.

    Another Idea I brainstormed is to use Paid Traffic/Paid Semi-Targeted Visitors (I use www.xgcmedia.com for this) to toss them onto a juicy landing page offering your free widget that does whatever (interpret dreams, daily doggy obedience steps, famous quotes, healthy recipes etc etc use your brain)

    Another thing that can be done is paid sign ups...like how some people literally buy sign ups for their offer, for their free ebook to get those people on their email list, for their free software download....these purchased sign ups can be used for your widget download(check the link above for this type of service)

    Here are some other widget ideas to get you started:
    -Lyrics Search Widget
    -Torrent search widget
    -Ebooks search widget
    -Video Game Cheats Search Widget
    -Myspace Layouts Search Widget
    -Baby Names Search Widget
    -Restaurants Search Widget
    -Celebrity Gossip Search Widget
    -Product Recalls Search Widget
    -Software Search Widget
    -Bible Verses Widget

    In parting, here some more food for thought for all the BHer's:

    Instead of just relying on Adwords for profit, how about a desktop search widget that returns Amazon Books with your Affiliate Link?

    Think Think Think Guys! This is where the real money is.



    Conclusion


    The success or failure of this method, like every money making technique, depends on how much creativity you employ, and how much volume you push.

    Further, the number "1700" is completely arbitrary; it makes for a nice round number and a good title for a post. Truth is, if you are smart and play it right, there's no reason you can't pull in alot more than $1700/day (alot more...think outsourcing...think about how much iPhone widget, Blackberry App World, Crackberry make just from sales of all sorts of widgets like these!).

    On the flip side....If you go about this all half cocked about it you probably won't do nearly as well. So if you are about to gripe and whine about not being able to pull $1700/day (which is pretty easy to do) then take a step back and ask yourself if you really are doing everything right and pushing enough volume.


    Hope this helps guys!
    Turbo
     
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  2. angelas111

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    very cool. like it alot.
     
  3. dirtylittle

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    There are many ways to exploit google. I like this one. I personally run another method that exploits google and I am doing pretty well with it.
     
  4. THUNDERELVI

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    Wow, very good post, I have never thought of this idea, thnx a ton!
     
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    Bravo ! Thanks for the ideas !
     
  6. Salto

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    wow, after my second read i finaly got it, its a great idea.

    may i ask how many ppl downloaded your widgets yet? And you just make money over your website with that right? (1700$) ?
    do you have a nice tutorial for those widgets? :)
     
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  7. johnbly341

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    Wow, really interesting idea. I need to come back to this post when i have more time to really think about it and plan a strategy. I'm in the process of building a network of sites in one niche and this idea could work perfectly for me.

    My head is spinning with possibilities. Thanks!
     
  8. CoolAdvisor

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    really great method, thanks!
     
  9. eshera

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    Subscribed to thread, going to have to re-read and noodle this. Thanks, got some good ideas with this!:)
     
  10. loverboy69

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  11. turbopugsleylx

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    If this will help you guys here's some resources to help ya get the ball rolling...

    Resources:

    Below are some resources for creating sidebar gadgets
    http://archworx.wordpress.com/2006/11/05/how-to-create-a-vista-sidebar-gadget


    How to develop widgets? Try this search
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1B3GGGL_enIN245IN248&q=how+to+develop+widgets&btnG=Search

    If you are still getting that feeling of being stuck in the mud heres a big hint.....goto to freelancer.com and hire a widget developer And ask him to place your search code....he will know what to do if he is worth his salt..

    Submit your widgets :
    Some websites allow to submit your widget and after some googling you can find them. So search and submit your widget. Suppose your widgets are downloaded by thousands of peoples so amazing the potential of earning and after sometime it will be automated earning and you just have to edit websites occasionally in your custom search engines that can be done easily in your account here http://www.google.com/coop

    Hope these help!
    Bon Apetit!
     
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    One of the best written and informative posts I have read on this forum.

    Awesome.
     
  13. chota_hanuman

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    ^^ I have to agree. This has given me an idea. Btw, is there a way to reverse engineer a sidebar? Anyway to change and manipulate content ?
     
  14. IamNebula

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    I wanted to be subscribed to this thread. I have just bought a website with over 160 pages of content. This idea would be great for it.

    Thanks for posting this technique
     
  15. blackhatworldvi

    blackhatworldvi Newbie

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    1700 a day? 0.o?
     
  16. spirit bay

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    Have GCS on a couple web sites, and now I see how badly I screwed this up. They were an afterthought when they should have been making me money all this time. Have a bartender training site with drink recipes that is just begging for a widget. Before I try freelanc*r, our there any widget gurus here on BHW?
     
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    Really great method :)
    Thanks!
     
  18. areyouserious

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    dude,

    This is awesome... well done.
    hey everybody after you read this post... just close your eyes and think about what you search for everyday on g00gle and let the ideas flow.

    Thanks brother for this one...
    Seriously
     
  19. digitali16

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    Man that post was just awesome and while it will take some effort to initiate this sounds awesome I really like that it points out NEWER low competition areas to market your site and products on for free. I just have to set this up and be consistent with it. Thanks for taking the time to lay this all out op.
     
  20. wizzardz01

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    Hey , i see this is really nice method . But confuse me a lot xD
    And I have some n00bish question ...
    Ok , i never before do anything with CSE , and I now go on CSE google site and see what is it exactly ... So i think i have some basic undestanding about CSE ...Btw i am not sure did i undestand , when you tell to have a network sites for one niche , you mean u have a lot of domains for 1 niche? Can be used for this subdomains ? like if my niche is DIET , then i put updiet.dietniche.com , fastdiet.diteniche.com , bla bla bla ... can this help? Or need to have for each one domain ? :) and do u thninking about SEO or you just recieving traffic from you CSE ?

    Thanks a lot :p this is for now i think i will try this method , and i think i will ask you more and more questions if that is not problem :p ?