How To Add Customized Adsense for Search Block in WordPress

I just updated the blog I maintain for my son over at . And I took some screenshots to create a short tutorial for you.

This tutorial will you how to add a customized “Adsense for Search” block on your WordPress Blog to add another channel where you can earn income.

What this means is that when someone uses the search box on your WordPress blog, the results will be a Google search results and has Google Ads on the site. For example if someone searches for “baby” on the blog…


…the result is this..


Notice the results appear within a page in my blog with all the theme and styling elements that is consistent with the site.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

Step 1: In your Adsense account, create a new “Adsense for Search”


Step 2: Under “Search Type” select “Only sites I Select” so that the search only returns pages within your blog. Under “Selected Sites”, type the URL of your blog. Leave the rest of the settings and click “Continue”

Step 2

Step 3: In my case, I want a very discreet appearance so I chose the watermark version of the search box. I also changed the search box length to 20 so that it fits on my blog sidebar. Then, click “continue”.

Step 3

Step 4: For the search results, I selected “Open results within my own site”, and I specified the exact page to display the result. For example, my son’s blog is at and so I want the search results to appear here: We’ll be creating this page in the later steps.

Next, I changed the width of the display area to 550 pixels so that it will fit within the content area of my blog and not overflow to the sidebar.

For “Ad Location”, I chose “Top and Bottom” because the width is small and therefore I would prefer for the ads to appear only at the top or bottom.

You can also customize the color and style of the search results. I left them as the default.

Click “continue”.

Step 4

Step 5: Click the checkbox to agree to the terms and conditions and give your Adsense for Search a name and click “continue”.

Step 5

Step 6:
You are now almost there. Just copy the two blocks of code for the search box and for the search results and head on over to your WordPress admin panel of your blog.

Step 6

Step 7:
Create a new Page on your blog and call it “Search Results”. Make sure that the permalink address says “” because this is the URL we specified in Step 4.

Now just paste the “Search Results Code” as the content for this page.

Step 7-1

Step 8: Now all you have to do is to add the search box into your blog. I added it to the sidebar with the sidebar widget. Go to your WordPress “Design” section and select “Widgets”. Add a “Text” widget to the sidebar, and paste the “Search Box Code” in the content area.

Step 8

And that’s it! Congratulations! You’ve just added a completely customized Google Adsense for Search on your blog and can now earn money by showing relevant Google Ads to your blog visitors.


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39 thoughts on “How To Add Customized Adsense for Search Block in WordPress

  1. Vidal Aponte

    Hello Sir,

    Thank you for the information you have helped me alot. I just wanted to ask 1 question. In my blog, where do I go to create a new page?

    Thank you very much!

    Vidal Aponte

  2. George

    I folloed all steps as you explained, But while testing the same I am getting 404 error page. what could be the probable causes?

  3. Brian Wong Post author

    Hi George,

    Make sure that step 4 and step 7 uses the same page. The most likely cause of your 404 error is that the permalink to your search results page is different from the one you specified in Step 4.

  4. MARO

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  5. gabor


    Thanks for your article. I just ran into the problem that I can’t override the searchbox width of 795.

    i have tried to do it by hand, but no avail.

    i normally use firefox, but i managed to slip through with 500 px width on one occasion only.

    Strange – anyone else experience the same thing?

    Anyone else find a work-around?

    cheers – thanks again!


  6. gabor

    I think I just answered my own question….

    After some mucking about, I found that 795px is the minimum if you want ads on Top AND Right.

    I tried Top and Bottom and 500px worked just fine…

  7. Doug Smith

    Great idea! After a hack attempt on my blog where the hacker entered a malformed sql query into the WP search box I looked for other search ideas. The bug that allowed these hacks was fixed long ago but I felt uneasy that people were still trying. This idea allowed me to remove the WP search widget and monetize at the same time.

    Thanks again!

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  13. VivBounty

    Hi Brian,
    I successfully put Adsense for Search on my Travel Blog here: So I got brave and tried to put in on my pet blog, and when I test with the few simple posts on my blog, the key words I use, which I know are in the posts, are not pulling any of my posts up on the search results. Can you advise?
    I love your tutorial style. Very easy to follow. I am learning from you sir. Prosperous Blessings, VivBounty

  14. Brian Wong Post author

    Chances are, Google has not yet indexed all your pages if its a new blog. Two things you can do:
    1: do a site search on Google by typing “” (enter your pet blog url) and see what pages are indexed by Google.
    2: submit you sitemap to Google using the Google Webmaster tools

    Hope that helps.

  15. adsense

    This is great brian wong .. you help me and save my time, I have already setup a adsense ads but dont know how to setup search box. very informative for adsense user like me.

  16. VivBounty

    Thanks so much, Brian. I wil take your kind advice and let you know what happens. Need to ammend some things before generating sitemap.

    Kindest Regards

  17. Cathal

    I followed your very well explained directions, Brian but I’m afraid I fell at the final hurdle which was: “You should update your .htaccess now” after I changed the permalinks.

    I’m a bit of a newbie so I have quite a bit of work to do before I can avail of your advice.

    Thanks anyhow.

  18. John

    @gabor. Thanks so much for figuring this out. I mucked around with it for ages unable to figure out how to add it to my site…but changing where the ads display fixed it.

  19. Robert

    This was extremely helpful. I have been trying to add the adsense for search box to my blog without much luck, just some technical issues, minor, but beyond me. Your tutorial was perfect. Too bad google couldn’t make it this easy.

  20. Ersin

    Great Post! Really great post.

    I was searching all day to find an easy way for this, and I couldn’t find any past which is more helpful than this one.

  21. Hery

    hello..thanks..After i read this freat post of your blog i finally can add adsense for search in my blog..My adsense earning is still very small..I hope by adding adsense for search my earning will increase significant..:)

  22. gman

    You should be responsible and caution people about doing this. Against the Google Adsense terms of service. You can only (last time I checked 2 months ago) have 1 link unit or 1 adsense for search on the search result page. I bet you all these people have regular ads all over the sidebar etc on the search results page. That’s a no no. You should caution people. It’s irresponsible to do otherwise.

  23. LVWJ

    I am trying to put the HTML code for Adsense Search, not Adsense content, on my WordPress website/blog. where do I put it? I pasted it to my primary widget area howver I don’t see it on my website. What do I do!?

  24. Brian Wong Post author

    There’s two parts – the code fo the search box and the second part is the code for the results page. To put the search results inside your blog theme, then create a new page in WordPress and inside the content area, paste the HTML code fo the Adsense results.

  25. Brian Wong Post author

    Just follow the instructions in the post above. Create your adsense for search code, add the code for the search bar somewhere on your blog (normally the sidebar or header), add the results page code on a new blog page. To test, just type something in the search box to see the results.

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  27. jeshua wordpress adsense themer

    interesting, though do yo have any idea of the earnings per click , when you use an adsense search box unit ?

    do you get an EPC from the normal CPC – meaning the bids from the ad search results or from the ad network

    this is important, since if by any chance the EPC are from the search network, wow.. it could literally be goldmine


  28. Andy P

    Hi Brian,

    Thanks for that, although some of the options have changed now with Google updating their adsense layout. Not sure how to select just top and bottom. Although not sure it matters for me as the template I am using doesn’t seem to like having it on one page!

  29. SolutionsHub

    thanks so much for the information. it has really helped me. the only problem i have now is adding my sites logo at the top of the google results page. please advice me on how to do this

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