Build your own shopping search engine in 5 minutes
Have you ever been frustrated with Google when you're trying to find the latest deals and coupons? A lot of times the search results are cluttered with spam and advertising.
Sure, you can just go to Fatwallet directly, but then you always get that nagging feeling that you are missing out on something. What if Slickdeals has a slightly better coupon? I refuse to pay $15 for a 6 GB flashdrive when I just know that if I searched hard enough I can find one for $12!
Using Google Co-op, I was able to customize Google to search only the following top websites for deals, coupons, and freebies:
Building Your Own Search Engine
Modifying the search engine only took me five minutes. After creating a Google account (you already have one if you have Gmail):
- Go to Google Co-Op and read the short introduction.
- Create your custom engine by entering a list of sites you want to search.
- Enter some keywords to help refine the search. For example, if your search engine is for DVDs, then you should put in words like DVD, coupons, movies, blu-ray, etc.
- Bonus tip: If you have a Google Adsense account, make sure you put your ID in there so you can earn money from your search engine.
If you don't have your own website, you can save your search engine to you personal Google homepage.
The Clipfire Alternative
Clipfire also searches through a lot of great bargain websites. My only complaint is that they are a bit too inclusive, so sometimes I still end up seeing a lot unknown websites from their results.
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