About Google Site Search

Google Site Search (formerly Google Custom Search Business Edition) is an edition of Google Custom Search specifically designed for businesses looking to create a highly customized and Google-hosted site search solution - with the option to include other websites and pages outside of their own. For a fee, Google Site Search provides technical support, customization of search results using XML API, a tailored look and feel, optional Google branding, and no ads next to the search results. While Google Custom search allows you to search the entire web, Google Site Search doesn't permit you to search the entire web but only a specific set of web sites.


  • To sign up for Google Site Search, visit http://www.google.com/sitesearch.
  • To convert an existing custom search engine to Google Site Search, go to your CSE's control panel and click on the Business tab.
  • If you need to provide search for more than 500,000 queries annually, you can buy an off-line version of Google Site Search, which is intended for larger businesses and organizations that have high search query volume from their websites. For more information and pricing on off-line version, please contact us.

With Google Site Search, you can:

  • Offer visitors to your site the power and relevance of Google's search technology
  • Help your visitors find what they need, increasing your website's conversion and user satisfaction
  • Customize the search results look and feel to match your own website
  • Specify and prioritize the site(s) and/or pages you want to include in your index
  • Decrease your operating costs by leveraging Google's infrastructure and have your search solution hosted by Google

In general, Google Site Search searches across a set of sites you specify. You cannot configure Google Site Search to search the entire web; in consequence, your results are unlikely to match those returned by Google Web Search, for several reasons:

  • Google Site Search is designed to include return results only from specified sites.
  • Google Site Search doesn’t include Google Web Search features such as Oneboxes, real-time results, universal search, social feaures, or personalized results.
  • If your Google Site Search includes more than ten sites, the results may be from a subset of our index and may differ from the results of a 'site:' search on Google.com.