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Posted on 2010-09-03
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I have a few different domain names and i'm trying to build a small screen to check to see if each of the domains appear on googles homepage for a particular search phrase.  I have tried this same technique with Yahoo and it works fine.  When I try it with google I get this message:

Forbidden
Your client does not have permission to get URL /search?hl=en&q=flowers&btnG=Google+Search from this server. (Client IP address: xx.xxx.xx.xx)

Please see Google's Terms of Service posted at http://www.google.com/terms_of_service.html ...

I'm passing two variables into the search one is the text to look for on the page and the other is the search phrase.

Any ideas why I can not do this or how this,  surely the http request is the same as me searching in my browser?

<%


strInputURL = "http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q="& request("search")&"&btnG=Google+Search"


websiteurl = request("findtext")
Set objXMLHTTP = Server.CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP.3.0")
objXMLHTTP.Open "GET", strInputURL, False
objXMLHTTP.Send
strPageText = objXMLHTTP.responseText
Set objXMLHTTP = Nothing
if instr(strPageText,websiteurl) then
response.Write("Website is on the first page!!<br>") 

else

response.Write("Sorry your website is not on the first page :(<br><br>") 

end if

%>

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by:Om Prakash
ID: 33594762
When i added this code in asp page, i get following message:
"Website is on the first page"

please check the following thread:
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/customsearch/thread?tid=77f6f7c75926ec20&hl=en
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by:djpazza
ID: 33595266
Your would need to pass some variables to it see it working I have another page doing this.  I have updated the code to submit the data on the same page.  So you type in the search word and a word to look for on the results page.

So when I search google.co.uk for flowers I know the words "Stunning Flowers" appear but I get this google permission error come up using the same on  my example code.
<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%>
<%
if request("button") <>"" then

strInputURL = "http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=" & request("search")&"&btnG=Google+Search"


websiteurl = request("findtext")
Set objXMLHTTP = Server.CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP.3.0")
objXMLHTTP.Open "GET", strInputURL, False
objXMLHTTP.Send
strPageText = objXMLHTTP.responseText
Set objXMLHTTP = Nothing
if instr(strPageText,websiteurl) then
response.Write("Website is on the first page!!<br>") 

else

response.Write("Sorry your website is not on the first page :(<br><br>") 
response.Write strPageText
end if
end if

%>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
</head>

<body>
<form id="form1" name="form1" method="get" action="">
  <table width="500" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
    <tr>
      <td width="280" scope="col">Search phrase</td>
      <td width="220" scope="col"><label>
        <input type="text" name="search" id="search" />
      </label></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>Keyword or website address to search in results page</td>
      <td><input type="text" name="findtext" id="findtext" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>&nbsp;</td>
      <td><label>
        <input type="submit" name="button" id="button" value="Submit" />
      </label></td>
    </tr>
  </table>
</form>
</body>
</html>

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by:Om Prakash
Om Prakash earned 664 total points
ID: 33595328
I think the server doesn't allow automated searches.
Read Google's Terms of Service page.
http://www.google.com/terms_of_service.html 
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by:leakim971
ID: 33596763
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by:djpazza
ID: 33597231
I have made a website using the search control / search api and tried querying that page but that does not work as the search results are not actually on the page.  As in when I view source the search results are not in the code.
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leakim971 earned 1336 total points
ID: 33597279
Chek the following :

(you will need to customize it to get same result as an usual google search)
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/>
<script src="http://www.google.com/jsapi?key=AIzaSyA5m1Nc8ws2BbmPRwKu5gFradvD_hgq6G0" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

	google.load('search', '1');

	function searchComplete() {
		if(webSearch.results && webSearch.results.length>0) {
			var r = webSearch.results;
			for(var i=0;i<r.length;i++) {
				result = r[i];
				if( document.getElementById("findtext").value.indexOf(result.visibleUrl)>=0 ) {
					alert("your rank is : " + parseInt(i+1))
				}
			}
		}
		else {
			alert("no results!");
		}
		search.disabled = false;
		findtext.disabled = false;
	}

	var webSearch;
	
	function getRankFirstPage() {
		var search = document.getElementById("search");
		var findtext = document.getElementById("findtext");
		search.disabled = true;
		findtext.disabled = true;
		webSearch = new google.search.WebSearch();
		webSearch.setSearchCompleteCallback(this, searchComplete, null);
		webSearch.execute(search.value);
	}

	function OnLoad() {
	}

	google.setOnLoadCallback(OnLoad);

</script>
</head>
<body style="font-family: Arial;border: 0 none;">
<!--
<div id="content">Loading...</div>
-->
<form id="form1" name="form1" method="get" action="">
<table width="500" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
    <tr>
    	<td width="280" scope="col">Search phrase</td>
	    <td width="220" scope="col"><label><input type="text" name="search" id="search" value="paulroach" /></label></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
	    <td>Keyword or website address to search in results page</td>
    	<td><input type="text" name="findtext" id="findtext" value="www.paulroach.com" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
	    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    	<td><label><input type="button" name="button" id="button" value="get ranking" onclick="getRankFirstPage()" /></label></td>
    </tr>
</table>
</form>
</body>
</html>

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by:djpazza
ID: 33616489
Thanks leakim971 that looks like it may do the job however i need the result to print to the page not in alert box and need to be able to query it via a querystring.

I've had a bash but its not working correctly when i check the page result for a value over 0 it says found everytime.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/>
<script src="http://www.google.com/jsapi?key=AIzaSyA5m1Nc8ws2BbmPRwKu5gFradvD_hgq6G0" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

	google.load('search', '1');

	function searchComplete() {
		if(webSearch.results && webSearch.results.length>0) {
			var r = webSearch.results;
			for(var i=0;i<r.length;i++) {
				result = r[i];
				if( document.getElementById("findtext").value.indexOf(result.visibleUrl)>=0 ) {
					/*alert("your rank is : " + parseInt(i+1))*/
					document.getElementById("test").textContent = parseInt(i+1);
				}
			}
		}
		else {
			alert("no results!");
		}
		/*search.disabled = false;
		findtext.disabled = false;*/
	}

	var webSearch;
	
	function getRankFirstPage() {
		
		var search = document.getElementById("search");
		var findtext = document.getElementById("findtext");
		/*search.disabled = true;
		findtext.disabled = true;*/
		webSearch = new google.search.WebSearch();
		webSearch.setSearchCompleteCallback(this, searchComplete, null);
		webSearch.execute(search.value);
	}

	function OnLoad() {
	}

	google.setOnLoadCallback(OnLoad);

</script>
</head>
<body style="font-family: Arial;border: 0 none;" onload="getRankFirstPage();">
<!--
<div id="content">Loading...</div>
-->
<form id="form1" name="form1" method="get" action="">
<table width="500" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
    <tr>
    	<td width="280" scope="col"></td>
      <td width="220" scope="col"><input name="findtext" type="hidden" id="findtext" value="<%=request("findtext")%>" />
        <input name="search" type="hidden" id="search" value="<%=request("search")%>" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
	    <td></td>
    	<td></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
	    <td><span id="test"></span>&nbsp;</td>
    	<td></td>
    </tr>
</table>
</form>
</body>
</html>

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by:leakim971
ID: 33632537
Replace : document.getElementById("test").textContent = parseInt(i+1);
By: document.getElementById("test").innerHTML = parseInt(i+1);

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by:djpazza
ID: 33658480
Ok thanks will be back at work Tuesday will try that
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by:djpazza
ID: 33670867
Is that not the same as the code i'm already using just that .textcontent is limited to firefox ?
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leakim971 earned 1336 total points
ID: 33687358
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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