I just set up this cse.google.com thing and it works great.
How can I prevent it from showing ads? I looked almost everywhere in the admin panel of cse.google.com but can't find anything related.
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Assuming you're signed up to the FREE Google Custom Search Engine, then unless you are registered as a qualifying nonprofit (incl. school or government agency) then I don't believe you can disable ads.
However, if you are registered as a nonprofit, then...
To disable ads on a qualifying non-profit search engine:
- From the Control Panel, select the search engine you want to change.
- Click Setup then Make Money
- Toggle the Show Ads option to off.