Ok, I just changed the built-in (default) WordPress search box to AdSense for Search for several reasons:
- The WordPress built-in search isn’t doing really good at searching related keywords. While the default results are filtered by date, there’s no filtering for relevance. So, If I search for an old entry that I wrote and the keyword I typed is often used in the blog, my search results would go bonkers. I have to scroll down and find the right one if it’s even listed. I’m not sure how or what’s the algorithm for the WP search but I guess it’s just plain old search index. Again, maybe I’m wrong.
- AdSense for Search uses Google’s style for searching content within a domain. This will give you a better result especially for multiple string queries. Besides, I’m used to Google Search all the time and it rarely failed me to finding what I am looking for. I guess it will do the same for my blog.
- AdSense for Search has relevant/contextual ads. If Google does not find the search query, it could still show some more relevant ads that could capture the attention of your blog readers. That’s a click already.
Been reading around that AdSense for Search doesn’t really earn quite well for bloggers. Most of the blogs i read mentioned a nil to 1% revenue from Search. In any case, 1% is still 1% right?
And oh, I already got $0.08 in the last two days since I moved over! hehehe… :)