Google Search Results Page with SERP API using PHP

The SERP API allows the developer to scrape data from the search engine result and use the search results in the web application. It returns realtime results from the search engine (Google, Bing, etc.) based on the query specified in the API settings. The SERP API is very useful when you want to integrate the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) on the website.

There are various SERP API available to fetch the search engine results, Serpstack is one of the best free SERP API among them. Serpstack API enables you to scrape SERP data (including image or video search result) from Google in realtime. Serpstack provides easy-to-use REST API that returns response in JSON or CSV, it helps to use this API with any programming languages (PHP, Python, Ruby, Nodejs, etc.). In this tutorial, we will show you how to integrate Search Engine Results Page with Serpstack SERP API using PHP.

Follow the below simple steps to integrate SERP API with serpstack in PHP.

Get API Access Key

1. Before getting started, create an account on serpstack.

2. In the dashboard, you will get the API key under the Your API Access Key.

serp-api-access-key-codexworld.png

API Configuration

The Access Key is required to authenticate and access the serpstack API.

  • Build the query string using http_build_query() function to pass required params in the serpstack API.
  • Specify the API Access Key in the access_key parameter.
  • Specify the search keywords in the query parameter.
$queryString http_build_query([ 
    
'access_key' => 'YOUR_ACCESS_KEY',
    
'query' => 'semicolonworld',
]);

Make HTTP GET Request

To fetch the search data, call SERP API via HTTP GET request using cURL in PHP.

// API URL with query string 
$apiURL sprintf('%s?%s''http://api.serpstack.com/search'$queryString);

// Create a new cURL resource
$ch curl_init();

// Set URL and other appropriate options
curl_setopt($chCURLOPT_URL$apiURL);
curl_setopt($chCURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFERtrue);

// Execute and get response from API
$api_response curl_exec($ch);

// Close cURL resource
curl_close($ch);

HTTPS Encryption:
To make secure API request use HTTPS (SSL) encryption by calling API URL begins with an https.

https://api.serpstack.com/search

SERP Data

After a successful API request, the Google search results will be returned as JSON format. Use json_decode() function to convert the JSON response to array in PHP.

// Convert API json response to array 
$api_result json_decode($api_responsetrue);

Example Code to Fetch SERP Data via serpstack API

The complete code is given below to get Google search results using PHP.

<?php 

$queryString 
http_build_query([
    
'access_key' => 'YOUR_ACCESS_KEY',
    
'query' => 'semicolonworld',
]);

// API URL with query string
$apiURL sprintf('%s?%s''http://api.serpstack.com/search'$queryString);

// Create a new cURL resource
$ch curl_init();

// Set URL and other appropriate options
curl_setopt($chCURLOPT_URL$apiURL);
curl_setopt($chCURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFERtrue);

// Execute and get response from API
$api_response curl_exec($ch);

// Close cURL resource
curl_close($ch);

// Convert API json response to array
$api_result json_decode($api_responsetrue);

?>

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