Fixing Google Custom Search Engine Monetization Saving Issue

As a blogger using WordPress, I recently switched to Google Custom Search Engine instead of the default search box, just to give better user experience when searching the whole blog. Google Custom Search Engine not only index the posts of a blog, but also the comments left by readers who often bring nice content for a blog.

However, there is a slight disadvantage of Google Custom Search Engine compared with the search box of WordPress. Google Custom Search shows advertisment based on the queries searched. Of course, it is comprehensible that Google relies on ads revenue whenever offers “FREE” services to users.

Fortunately, you can get part of the ads revenue if you have a Google AdSense account. Google does offer a “Search Engine Monetization” tab at the control panel of Google Custom Search Engine to link the ads with your AdSense account. But I found there is a bug of this setting. As some people already posted:

Custom Search Settings Hang on “Saving” When Adding Adsense Account Info – Won’t connect to AdSense.

Turning on the butter “on” of “Search Engine Monetization” does not work, it stucks at “saving” status but “Google help page” still tells you can do it. I presumably joked that maybe Google discourages users to turn on the Monetization feature since it shares ads revenue with users.

Google-Custom-Search

The question is how to fix the problem. I found a solution.

Simply go ahead to your AdSense account page, make a new custom search engine under “My ads” (“Custom search engines” of “Search”).

Google-Adsense

OK, go back to Google Custom Search control panel, you will find a new search engine with the edition “Free – (partner CSE)” is out there. The “Search Engine Monetization” feature of the new one is already on and associated with your AdSense publisher ID. You can also set up the new search engine as you want before you put the search code to your website.

Google Search Engine Monetization

Have fun and make money from Search Engine Monetization of Google.

13 thoughts on “Fixing Google Custom Search Engine Monetization Saving Issue

    1. 土木坛子 文章作者

      Google AdSense is not so popular in China. This post is not so interesting for readers who do not use Google AdSense and Custom Search Engine.
      As you know, most of readers of my blog are Chinese (or at least originally), but I think the post is pretty useful to guys who face the bug on the whole internet, that is why I wrote this post in English.

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    1. 土木坛子 文章作者

      哪能呢。就是为了方便广大用ADSENSE的非国人们,中文网站用ADSENSE的人应该不多——收益实在太低了。

      其实这篇博文用中文很简洁的:

      Google自定义搜索可以使用自己的ADSENSE账号关联,如果有广告点击,广告收入就不会全部归GOOGLE,而网站主人亦有收益。但是Google自定义搜索设置界面有个BUG,如果在CSE里添加一个搜索账号,再开启ADSENSE广告计划,会发现永远是在保存状态,即无法开启。

      实际上,要到ADSENSE广告设置里新建一个搜索广告单元,然后CSE界面上会自动出现这个搜索单元,如果有需要可以进一步进行一些高级设置,再将搜索代码复制粘贴到博客网站上相应的地方。这样就能成功开启ADSENSE广告计划。

      真不知GOOGLE是故意这样设置不让网站主分享它们的广告收入,还是真的不知道有这么一个BUG。

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  1. 心爱seo

    作者你好,我也遇到这个问题了.你说的办法不行啊.

    现在adsense的后台无法添加搜索广告了. 新建的广告单元只有展现的广告.

    哪里有搜索广告添加?

    我的也是无法选择那个搜索引擎获利的按钮.

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  2. 心爱seo

    楼主你现在在美国吧?

    你给我的adsense链接地址我打开之后立马报错

    我们此时无法处理您的请求,对于给您带来的不便之处,我们深表歉意。我们已向工程师通报了该问题,工程师将尽力为您解决。

    但是页面跳转之前 我还是能看到新建一个搜索的选项,但立马跳转,没法点.

    估计 中国用户取消了这个功能,虽然我连了vpn.

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