Sample code for focused custom Google search

· Best Practices, Salon Bloggers, Weblog Concepts

The site search feature of Google’s free custom search offering works by default only for sites whose addresses are root-level URLs (so, for example, you can use it out-of-the-box to search jrobb.userland.com or blogs.salon.com but not blogs.salon.com/0001111/).
With the help of Ian Landsman and a few other readers over the weekend, I’ve come up with code that produces a custom Google search of just this blog. I’ve in fact replaced my calendar with it (well, I’ve moved the calendar to the bottom of my masthead column anyway, on the theory that robots may still find it useful).
I want to offer the code to anyone to copy and tweak, but I’ve learned that posting code (even escaped-out code) to a blog entry tends to upset news aggregators, so instead I’ve written up the learning process with a few code samples Best Practices, Salon Bloggers, Weblog Concepts Comments are off for this post.