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GTSearch: Google™ Custom Search Engine
Mod Version: 1.00, by Princeton (Coder/Designer) Princeton is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (33 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 385
Released: 06 Nov 2007 Last Update: Never Downloads: 2985
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Now you can have your very own Google™ Custom Search Engine tailored specifically for your web site.

Why GTSearch: Google™ Custom Search Engine?
  • Help your visitors find what they're looking for
  • Invite your friends and community to contribute
  • Make money with AdSense for Search
Custom modification brought to you by Joe Velez (aka Princeton Admin).

1.0.0 VERSION (download

This is a "No Template Edits" modifications.

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What is a Custom Search Engine?

A Custom Search Engine is a tailored search experience, built using Google's core search technology, that prioritizes or restricts search results based on websites and pages you specify. Your Custom Search Engine can be tailored to reflect your point of view or area of expertise. With a Custom Search Engine, you can:
  • Apply your website's look and feel to the search results page.
  • Provide search refinements within results pages to make it easier for searchers to find the information they're looking for.
  • Add sites to your search engine's index as you surf the web.
  • Invite friends and trusted users to co-edit and contribute to your search engine.
  • Make money from your Custom Search Engine by participating in Google's AdSense program.
Once you've defined your search engine index, Google will give you a simple piece of code for a search box to place on your site or blog. You'll then have the option to choose various customization options to make the look and feel and functionality of your search engine your own.

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does this modification do?
A) It integrates your CSE with your site - results are on your site not on a Google-hosted page.

Q) Can I run Adsense ads on the same page?
A) No, it's Adsense Google's TOS. To earn money, you will need to associate your CSE with your Adsense account. You can do this by clicking the "Make Money" section of your custom search engine control panel.

  1. Upload gtsearch.php file to vbulletin root (same place where global.php file is located)
  2. Install GTSearch: Google™ Custom Search Engine product file
  3. Create a Custom Search Engine @
  4. Want to make money? Follow directions as instructed in the Make Money section of your CSE page.
  5. When completed copy/paste Code to GTSearch: Google™ Custom Search Engine vBulletin Options.
  6. Done

Questions about Google™ Custom Search Engine?Must Read History:
  • November 6 2007 - GTSearch: Google™ Custom Search Engine release
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Old 10 Feb 2009, 18:32
reverse1312 reverse1312 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
Real name: Martin
Question still does not work for me with vb 6.5


I attempted to use this mod again but for me it still does not work...

If I enter in firefox the link to gtsearch.php directly I have the custom engine search form ok and it works fine. But the form inside the navbar only generate errors.

Has anybody an idea ?


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Old 15 Mar 2009, 03:43
repaire repaire is offline
Join Date: Feb 2009
Real name: Michel Rempenaux

Welldone, works ok with 3.8.1 :-)
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Old 31 May 2009, 16:50
motowebmaster motowebmaster is offline
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I had a couple issues, but after a few template edits it's all good.
Shawn - MotoWebmaster
Motorcycles International
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Old 23 Jul 2009, 15:24
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Bellinis Bellinis is offline
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I'd really love to get this working in 3.8. Which template edits should I make?
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Old 10 Sep 2009, 20:59
treasureman treasureman is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
How to remove borders?

I have removed the borders from the Google code but borders still show up around the ads.

How do I remove them? Researching Adsense for Search ads perform much better without borders.
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Old 03 Dec 2009, 17:06
elroger elroger is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Originally Posted by Spinball View Post
The mod works well, thanks
With the exception of a large blank area at the bottom of the page (please see attached image).
Does anyone have any idea what this is please?
I get the same error with safari, firefox.

What can i do?
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Old 17 Dec 2009, 22:19
SnakeV SnakeV is offline
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Any can port this plugin to vB4?

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Old 19 Dec 2009, 17:32
azxS azxS is offline
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work but... dont find anything... help ? pls!
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Old 29 Dec 2009, 00:24
brandon515 brandon515 is offline
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Can the Google Search mod search attachments, like pdf's and word docs?
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Old 28 Jan 2011, 13:13
vvdven vvdven is offline
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Cool, is there also a version for 4.x.x? I just upgraded...
seo marketing
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Old 13 Mar 2012, 20:15
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RedHotChili RedHotChili is offline
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Originally Posted by vvdven View Post
Cool, is there also a version for 4.x.x? I just upgraded...
Yes, is there a 4.1.11 version of this?

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Old 26 Nov 2012, 14:17
g00gl3r g00gl3r is offline
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I'm looking for a 4.x version too.
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Old 25 Sep 2013, 14:08
Edgespeeder06 Edgespeeder06 is offline
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Originally Posted by RedHotChili View Post
Yes, is there a 4.1.11 version of this?

Is there one? I haven't seen one yet.
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Old 25 Sep 2013, 20:23
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ozzy47 ozzy47 is offline
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Real name: Chris
Any of the following may work vB4.x:
You can get access to my 180 mods for vB 3.6 - 4.x at The Admin Zone as well as the professional support you are used to. New vBulletin Spider Definitions, vBulletin Spiders List Hits 1000 Spiders! ​ OzzModz down. Site has had a data breach, checking how the intrusion happened. Change your PW if you use the same one on my site and others.
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Old 20 Jun 2015, 16:28
kingbrend kingbrend is offline
Join Date: May 2007
Starting today I'm getting a 404 page error when someone tries to do a search.. has anything changed?
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