Updated Local Search Control used in brand new GoogleBar

March 17, 2009

A much requested feature, the Local Search Control now includes ads when a search is performed. Users will benefit from seeing targeted and relevant sponsored results, and you can benefit by sharing in the revenue of including these results on your site. Ads aren't the only thing that's new - there's also a new (and, we hope you agree, better) UI:

This new Local Search Control has been used in a brand new version of the GoogleBar (part of the Maps API). In almost all cases, the GoogleBar provides the ideal way to add searches to Google Maps. The GoogleBar, too, includes advertisements with the results. In order to share in the revenue, you need to supply your AdSense publisher ID. You can use your existing ID or sign up for a new AdSense account. Once you have an account, get your AdSense publisher ID and include it as an option when you set up the GoogleBar:

<script src="/jsapi?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
google.load("maps", "2");
var opts = {

googleBarOptions : {
style : 'new', // This tag is necessary for the first few weeks until the new UI becomes default
adsOptions : {
client : #### // Your Google AdSense publisher ID
map = new GMap2(document.getElementById("map"), opts);
map.setCenter(new GLatLng(33.956461,-118.396225), 13);

Optionally, you may also specify an AdSense for Search channel (more info on channels), the Ad Safety Level to associate with your advertising, and the language in which to display results. For a full list of options and details on including them, see the GoogleBar documentation. Note: currently ads only appear for results that are inline - this limitation should be removed within a few weeks.

If you'd like to learn more about the new underlying, low-level Local Search Control, the reference documentation and Code Playground examples contain everything you need to know.

For more information, see this recent post on the Maps API blog. Questions or comments? Please visit the AJAX API and Maps API discussion groups.