I was interested in whether anyone else is using an alternative method to search their own site(s), rather than the Google Custom Search.
I have been coding my own search application in order to avoid using it (so I can keep my own search terms data), and I think I have something that will work for my (coming soon) web site using mySQL full text search and PHP. I've gotten it to "spider" (so to speak, it would need work to work on any other site), search, return results, and log search terms.
Is anyone else using another solution and/or coding your own? Do you think adding affiliate links/advertising would be effective for some of your known targeted key phrases (if not done on overdrive like some search engines do)? Thanks!