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CFM: Google AdSense for Search Integration
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vB Version: 3.6.1 Rating: (12 votes - 4.83 average) Installs: 144
Released: 03 Sep 2006 Last Update: 30 Sep 2006 Downloads: 766
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Title: "CFM: Google Search Results"
Author: Sal Bezos ([email protected])
Date of Creation: September 3, 2006
Version: 1.0 (9/30/2006)

This product for vBulletin creates a target page for providing Google Search Results within your vBulletin forums. The Google Search Results (AdSense for Search) will appear in a vBulletin page.

Unlike the previous revision of this product, you will now be able to enter code for a Google Search Box for placement in the Search drop-down menu (or anywhere else you would like to place it). Please make sure that your search box code includes a <form> tag that states something along the lines of action="http://<yourhostname>/forums/cfmgoogle.php".

This product has been tested on a vBulletin 3.6.1 installation. There is no reason why it should not work in the same manner on any 3.6.x or 3.5.x installation, but it has not and will not be tested by the author.

Included Files:
- README.txt
- cfm-live-demo.png (screenshot)
- cfmgoogle.php
- product-cfm_google_search_results.xml

1. Upload the cfmgoogle.php file to your forum root, usually located at http://<yourhostname>/forums.

2. Register for a Google AdSense for Search account.
----a. Register for a Google AdSense account if you don't have one.
----b. Visit "".
----c. Login with your e-mail and password.
----d. Click on the "AdSense Setup" tab.
----e. Select "AdSense for Search".
----f. Configure your search box.
--------f1. Select either "Google WebSearch" or "Google WebSearch + SiteSearch" depending on whether you want users to be able to Google search your site or not. If you select "Google WebSearch + SiteSearch", enter the URL of sites you wish to be able to search.
--------f2. For Logo Type, I recomment selecting "Google Logo" and checking the "Logo above text box" option.
--------f3. For "Opening of search results page" select "Open results within my own site." Enter the URL of your cfmgoogle.php file (e.g. http://<yourhostname>/forums/cfmgoogle.php)
--------f4. Click "Continue >>".
----g. Configure the appearance of the results page, then click "Continue >>"
----h. You should now receive two sets of code from Google labeled "Your search box code" and "Your search results code".

3. In your forum's admin panel, go to Plugins & Products/Manage Products

4. Click on Add/Import Product

5. Click "Browse..." and select the "product-cfm_google_search_results.xml" product file. If this is your first installation of this product, select the "No" radio button in the "Allow Overwrite" option. If you are upgrading or reinstalling, select the "Yes" radio button. Click the "Import" button.

6. Go to vBulletin Options/vBulletin Options. Scroll through the list and select "CFM: Google Search Results".

7. In the "Google Search Box Code" option, paste the code provided by Google titled "Your search box code".

7. In the "Google Search Results Code" option, paste the code provided by Google titled "Your search results code".

8. In Styles & Templates/Style Manager go into Edit Templates for your style. Open the "Navigation / Breadcrumb Templates" template group and open the "navbar" template.

9. Find the following:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

And replace with:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Find the following:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

And replace with:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

10. Pull up a forum page and look under your search drop-down menu for the search box.

11. Enjoy!

Q. My search results window is too tall. What's wrong with it?
A. This appears to be a bug in the Google Search Results code. If my assumption is incorrect, please let me know.

Q. Why are the colors all wonky on my search results?
A. The colors of the search results are provided by the search box. Make sure the colors in the search box code are correct.

Q. The background color of the Google search box doesn't match my page -- what can I do about it?
A. If Google's TOS allows it, play around with the settings in the code you pasted in the "Your search box code" option.

1.0 - 09/30/2006 - Adding instructions and support for the Google search box in the search drop-down menu
0.1 - 09/03/2006 - Initial release

Any questions and problems should be reported to the modification's thread on No warranty, express or implied, is granted with this software. Use is at your own risk.

Version 2, June 1991

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Old 01 Jul 2008, 22:45
Gipskopf Gipskopf is offline
Join Date: Dec 2006
work not in 3.7.2 ?

Im not find the code of installations Point 9

Can help me ?
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Old 14 Jul 2008, 21:27
ShackMaster ShackMaster is offline
Join Date: Apr 2006
It works in 3.7.2 just fine.

The first part of the installation in #9 is already done for you now because 3.7.2 added Tag Searching.

Add the red code below in your Navbar template:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

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Old 08 Feb 2009, 21:50
HabboForum HabboForum is offline
Join Date: May 2003
Any chance of updating this for vBulletin 3.8? We could do with this as we emptied our search index and we're not able to rebuild it without crashing MySQL.
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Old 08 Jul 2009, 13:57
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macbooking macbooking is offline
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i'm running vb 3.8.2
i uploaded/imported the files from
& added the red code from above!

working ...lucky boy iam

thx @ shackmaster

Last edited by macbooking; 08 Jul 2009 at 14:11.
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Old 24 Nov 2009, 14:50
Jah-Hools Jah-Hools is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007

I have been running this for several years now...

I have just (must be crazy) paid to renew the ad free version..

And got this message:

To get started with GSS and to get your code, please use the following instructions to begin:

1. Go to
2. Click on 'Manage my account'
3. You should see your search engine(s) listed under "Google Site Search - search engines I've created"
4. Go to the control panel to start managing your search engine and to get your code to embed within your website.

Well of course, I already have it running!

So - do I need to generate new code? Or do I just leave it and carry on (it seems to be working) Of course its impossible to get in contact with Google...

Does anyone have any tips for further customizing the look of the results? Or how to tweak settings?

OK Thanks
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Old 05 Aug 2011, 21:42
Panosz Panosz is offline
Join Date: May 2011
I've just installed it on a 3.8.xx version. Works like charm (with a slight bit of editing on the code)
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