How to create your own search engine

Do you have an undeveloped domain name just sitting there gathering dust? Personally, I have a couple that were purchased based on the "it seemed like a good idea at the time" principle. I'd tried parking them, but that wasn't working out for me.

So now I've decided to use one of the domains to create my own search engine, at least until I have time to develop the domain further. Keeping in mind that I literally spent 47 seconds on this, take a look at my uber search engine, you can check it out at

Whilst it may not look like the pinnacle of web design, you shouldn't expect too much from 47 seconds of hard labour, besides that, it's also bringing it some extra cash, from what would otherwise be a dormant domain. Want to know how I did it?

Step 1: Go register with SearchAnyway. You'll need to register with them if you want to download the php script that'll run and monetize your search engine.

Step 2: Download the search script and template from SearchAnyway. Then edit the provided index.ini file. When I say 'edit' I mean replace the one instance of 'XXXX' with your 4 digit SearchAnyway affiliate id.

Step 3: Upload the script and template files to the root directory of your domain. You'll need ftp access, and some sort of client. My personal favorite is Filezilla.

Step 4: Visit your domain and make sure it's working.

Bonus step: If you want to change the look of your search engine, you'll need to edit the template files. Some html/css knowledge would be required if you want to get adventurous.

There you have it, it's as easy as that. While it might not make you a multimillionaire, it is definitely a viable alternative to the more traditional domain parking.

Since I haven't posted about the Olympics yet, here's my contribution. I received this little nugget of gold in my inbox this morning.


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3 Responses to “How to create your own search engine”

  1. What an excellent find! I have about 10 domains (none about Vikings though 😉 that were either a good idea at the time or are waiting for me to catch up to them with a project.

    It may be too early to tell, but have you found the search page gets used much at all?



  2. Rahul says:

    Oh great info , heh 47 seconds ? time to break somebody’s record 😀

    Keep up the good work !

  3. haha, vikingidiot for all your searching needs.

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