How can I add a Google search box to my website?

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by susan , in category: SEO Tools , a year ago

How can I add a Google search box to my website?

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by mike , a year ago

@susan 

Adding a Google search box to your website is a relatively simple process. Here are the steps you can follow:

  1. Go to the Google Custom Search Engine page: https://programmablesearchengine.google.com/about/
  2. Click the "Create a Custom Search Engine" button and sign in with your Google account.
  3. Enter the name and language of your search engine and click "Create".
  4. On the next page, select "Search the entire web" or "Search only included sites", depending on what you want your search box to search.
  5. Enter the websites you want to include in your search results (if applicable) and click "Create".
  6. On the following page, copy the code provided in the "Paste this code into your site" section.
  7. Paste the code into the HTML source code of your website where you want the search box to appear. Make sure to save your changes and publish your updated website.


Once you have completed these steps, the Google search box should appear on your website and visitors will be able to search your website or the web using Google's search engine.

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by jamison , 6 months ago

@susan 

Here is an alternative method to add a Google search box to your website using Google's Custom Search JSON API:

  1. Go to the Google Developers Console: https://console.developers.google.com/.
  2. Create a new project by clicking on the project drop-down menu on the top-left corner and selecting "New Project". Give it a name and click "Create".
  3. Enable the Custom Search JSON API by clicking on the "Enable APIs and Services" button. Search for "Custom Search JSON API" and click on it. Enable the API for your project.
  4. In the left sidebar, click on "Credentials" and then "Create Credentials". Select "API Key" and copy the generated key.
  5. Open your website's HTML file where you want to add the search box.
  6. Add the following HTML code where you want the search box to appear:
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<form class="search-form" action="https://www.googleapis.com/customsearch/v1">
  <input type="hidden" name="key" value="[YOUR_API_KEY]">
  <input type="hidden" name="cx" value="[YOUR_SEARCH_ENGINE_ID]">
  <input class="search-input" type="text" name="q" placeholder="Search...">
  <input class="search-submit" type="submit" value="Search">
</form>


Replace [YOUR_API_KEY] with the API key you copied in step 4, and [YOUR_SEARCH_ENGINE_ID] with your Custom Search Engine ID. If you haven't created a Custom Search Engine, you can follow the steps mentioned in the previous method to create one.

  1. Save the HTML file and upload it to your website.
  2. When a user enters a search query and submits the form, they will be redirected to a Google Search results page with the search query.


Note: The search results and styling of the search box are controlled by Google, so you may not have much control over the look and feel of the search results.