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Google SERP API: Overview

Google SERP API provides search results based on the selected search engine type. Here’s the list of available search engine types:

 
The returned results are specific to the indicated keyword, search engine, language and location parameters. We emulate set location and search engine with the highest accuracy so that the results you receive will match the actual search results for the specified parameters at the time of task setting. You can always check the returned results accessing the check_url in the Incognito mode to make sure the received data is entirely relevant. Note that user preferences, search history, and other personalized search factors are ignored by our system and thus would not be reflected in the returned SERP results.

You can indicate the following device and OS types that you would like to receive SERP results for when setting a task:

  • Mobile. Available OS types: iOS, Android;
  • Desktop. Available OS types: Windows, macOS.

 
Note: Google Maps/News/Images are currently available for desktop only. You can indicate the following OS that you would like to receive SERP results for when setting a task: Windows, macOS.
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Google SERP functions

 
Google SERP API provides search engine results with three functions: Regular, Advanced and HTML.

The Regular function is supported in Google Organic SERP only and provides top 100 organic and paid search results for the specified keyword, search engine, and location. Note that this endpoint does not provide a complete overview of featured snippets and other extra elements of SERPs. Please, use the Advanced function if your project requires a detailed depiction of SERPs or Google Maps/News/Images data.

The Advanced function is supported across all Google SERP API search engine types and provides a complete overview of search results.

The HTML function is supported in all Google SERP API search engine types and provides a raw SERP HTML page for the specified keyword, search engine, and location.
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Methods

 
The cost of using Google SERP endpoints depends on the selected method and priority of task execution. Available methods and priorities are described below.

DataForSEO has two main methods to deliver SERP results: Standard and Live.

If your system requires delivering instant results, the Live method is the best solution for you. Unlike the Standard method, this method doesn’t require making separate POST and GET requests to the corresponding endpoints.

If you don’t need to receive data in real-time, you can use the Standard method of data retrieval. This method requires making separate POST and GET requests, but it’s more affordable. Using this method, you can retrieve the results after our system collects them.

‌Alternatively, you can specify pingback_url or postback_url when setting a task, and we will notify you on completion of tasks or send the results to you respectively. Note that if you use the postback_url field, you should also indicate the function that will be applied for data retrieval: regular, advanced or html.

If you use the Standard method without specifying pingback_url or postback_url, you can receive the list of id for all completed tasks using the ‘Tasks Ready’ endpoint. It is designed to provide you with the list of completed tasks, which haven’t been collected yet. Then, you can retrieve the results using the ‘Task GET’ endpoint.

You can send up to 2000 API calls per minute, with each POST call containing no more than 100 tasks. Contact us if you would like to raise the limit.
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Priorities and cost

 
The Standard method has two different priorities that stand for the relative speed of task execution and have different prices:

1. Normal priority;
2. High priority.

The cost can be calculated on the Pricing page.

You can test Google SERP API for free using DataForSEO Sandbox.