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Gretchen Siegchrist

Make Your Own Google Search Story

By April 9, 2010

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search storiesThe Search Stories Video Creator is one of the coolest YouTube tools ever.   Enter up to six queries and choose a musical track, and the video creator will produce an animated spot a la Parisian Love, that Google ad that told the story of blossoming love through search.  When the video's done, you can upload it to your YouTube account.

With this tool you get a professional quality video - good enough for the Super Bowl, even - for free.  Imagine all of the ways this could be used - business ads, nonprofit campaigns, photo tours, math lessons, travelogues, comedy videos...  Each one would be an ad for Google, but worth it for the creativity that can be unleashed.

Check out my search story, and share a link to yours in the comment section.

April 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(1) Melissa says:

But this does not show me how to make my own???
How can i!?!?

April 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(2) Gretchen says:

Here’s the link to the video creator: http://www.youtube.com/searchstories

Click on the “create your own” and you’ll be taken to an interface where you can select your search terms, search type (maps, shopping, images etc), and background music.

Have fun!

April 14, 2010 at 4:32 pm
(3) Nicole says:
April 15, 2010 at 9:35 am
(4) desktopvideo says:

Thanks for sharing your video, Nicole!

May 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm
(5) Will says:

I have went to this website and it just shows me a video and then says create your own. When i click create your own i am taken to the same exact screen. Please help!!

May 5, 2010 at 8:17 am
(6) Gretchen Siegchrist says:

I’m not sure why it’s not working for some people … The “create your own” button should lead to a page that lets you enter search terms and make your own video.

June 24, 2010 at 7:45 am
(7) Martin says:

Thanks – we made one too and we think it looks great!


August 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm
(8) Zach says:

This video has no relation to my personal experiences.

December 4, 2010 at 11:50 am
(9) reemo says:

hi !! i tried clicking on the “make your own” but its not working help me please :)

December 28, 2010 at 8:53 am
(10) John says:

Still working on ours but need some help – does anyone have anymore tips? Thank you.

January 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm
(11) Marcus says:

Can you add your own music or just the ones they give you?

January 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm
(12) Gretchen Siegchrist says:

To add your own music, just make the video using one of the tracks offered, save it and then download the MP4 file from YouTube. From there, you can bring it into your editing program and add whatever song you want.

Or, use the Audio Swap feature from YouTube and use one of their tracks.

March 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm
(13) Wendy Soucie says:



March 24, 2011 at 7:55 am
(14) Andrea says:

Hi! I just found your blog about Google Search Stories, I am making them for people on fiverr! I love doing it but for $5 it’s pretty much just an exercise. I would love it if Google/YouTube could add a few more options, but it really is fun to amaze my family and friends with fun little videos that take almost no time to do once you get your angle and practice a little. There are some drawbacks, 1) if I don’t write down my searches I can lose them if I accidentally hit the wrong tab button and then I have to start all over. If you are still doing these videos we should start a forum together for others!!! That would be fun. Here’s a link to one of my GoogleSearches. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARC-xwgz3Eo

July 24, 2011 at 5:38 am
(15) Snip3r416 says:

how to i get My Search Story – Google

August 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm
(16) evanchasealex says:






August 23, 2011 at 6:25 am
(17) jolina says:

you are right how CAN we write our OWN STORY

September 12, 2011 at 5:56 am
(18) Dina Lewin Feller says:

This is a wonderful way to make my own youtubes. I am going to do it now.

September 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm
(19) Emily Hill says:


Is the site path as of 26 September 2011. I had not gone to Search Stories since my last book release and literally panicked when I realized its site had changed. Because I listed it in my “All Smart Cookies Can Self Publish!” how-to guide as a smart way to make ads for your IndiePub novels – I had to find it again for my clients! Yikes!

Emily Hill, Writer/Author

December 19, 2011 at 10:38 am
(20) Dizajn says:

Oh, You know what? We liked yours so…We made one too!

March 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm
(21) Jon Olson says:

what happen to search stories? Its not working .

April 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm
(22) Shirley Temple says:

I cannot find the “create you own” button on the Google SearchStories channel. It is very frustrating. Need help.

April 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm
(23) Madison says:


April 8, 2012 at 9:41 am
(24) Mason says:

I think the Search Story feature has been deleted and used for something else.

April 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm
(25) papa says:

it is not possible for me to create my own search story:(

May 24, 2012 at 1:36 am
(26) Lindsay says:

Go to this link…the create your own should be on the right hand side… :)


October 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm
(27) Mai says:

It doesnt show

December 13, 2012 at 1:45 am
(28) Huda says:

I guess google overruled search stories.Sad.

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