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Eric Enge [PersonRank 1]

Friday, October 27, 2006
13 years ago3,988 views

Philipp,

Thanks for the post about the site – customsearchguide.com – that is. Sorry about the errors – as I mentioned to you via email, we did an upgrade upload right at the moment you checked the site out. It actually corrupted the file we uploaded as well. Man, sometimes technology s**ks.

We are continually adding features, and have lots of new stuff planned to grow the site. I won't put it all here, as I don't want to put up a "commercial" in my comments on your blog.

Cheers,

Eric

Grimmthething [PersonRank 2]

13 years ago #

Hi Philipp,

I started to make a google gadget for custom search directories. Anyone willing to help develop it is welcome. It has a way to go but currently can be added to your google homepage at:

grimmthething.com/other/cse.ht ...

I am excited to see that people will still immediately start coding for days once google releases a new product, It's not slowing down.

-Ben

Eric Enge [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Hi Philipp,

Thanks for agreeing to let me summarize some of the features of customsearchguide.com. I did not want to post any "commercial" content first without your permission, which is why I sent you the email.

Our goal with the site is to help users find the best Custom Search Engines with a minimal amount of effort.

Here is what we have currently on CustomSearchGuide:

1. We have 69 CSEs listed already, and 20+ more in review.

2. We provide our own editorial ranking and reviews for many of the CSEs on our site, and will continue to do so for the ones who get the highest user ratings. Note that our editorial ratings lead to a bit more "clutter" on the screen. We will take your input into account and work on addressing the concern you expressed.

3. We do make users create user accounts, and then complete an email confirmation to make sure that our vote counts are not messed up by Spammers. This ensures greater accuracy.

4. We have put design work in building a directory that is designed to scale with the growth of this market. This is the reason you see a directory structure organized the way we have done it.

5. Our site contains an article I wrote titled: "Creating Quality CSEs" (customsearchguide.com/creating ...) which is good enough that Google linked to it from the home page of the Google Co-op program: google.com/coop/.

Eric

pokemo [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Eric Enge,

Added mine...by referring to this url
lurpo.com/results.php?cx=00560 ...

May i know...when the users clicks on the google ads, the revenue goes to lurpo.com? or the owner of the CSE? Thanks

Eric Enge [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Hi Pokemo,

Lurpo.com is someone else's site. In the case of our site CustomSearchGuide, the URL is in Philipp's the post above, you keep the revenue.

Eric

pokemo [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Thanks Eric...added mine...:)

Mickey [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Pokemo,

I'm Mickey, the owner of Lurpo. The ad revenue on your CSE is all yours. I'm not sure it's even possible for someone to use your CSE and insert their own ad code. We could always put Google ads at the top of the page or something, but the ads in the results themselves will always be yours.

Thanks,
Mickey

pokemo [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Mickey...thanks for the note...:)

Eric Enge [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Hi Philipp,

I just wanted to let you know that we have responded to your feedback above and simplified the UI a bit.

Eric

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

My suggestion: also remove the side-by-side comparison on the frontpage (you can still link to it from the homepage).

Vidal [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

My Google Co-op example:
You Search for unprotected live webcam streams found through a variety of clever search techniques done with the Google Co-op custom search engine tool.
camhacker.com

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