I'm experimenting with a new advertisement spot to compensate for the two new servers we had to buy this month. It's a Google text link spot and it's displayed below the first post of a thread. Does anyone have a big concern with it being there or is it pretty good?
It's looks fine to me, although it doesn't load on my work PC, must be some gateway issue, (no concern of here, similarly I have no ad next to google ads above quick reply box).
Anyways, since we are keen to embrace Google, could we have a google search bar, where you can either search the forums, or launch a web search. Everyone uses google to answer some questions, and would be much quicker than opening IE / Firefox again, loading google, and then searching.
This has been tried in the past, and it really isn't cost-effective to send visitors away with a Google search. I have also tried using the Google API to perform Google searches while keeping the users on DaniWeb (ie: http://www.daniweb.com/search/search.php?q=SOME_QUERY to perform a google sitewide search where SOME_QUERY is whatever you'd like), but Google limits the number of queries that can be performed daily and we surpassed their max, even after emailing them asking to raise the limit.
If you're a frequent Googler, may I suggest the Google toolbar :)