Posts Tagged ‘Search Engine’

5 Google Search Tricks

June 17th, 2014

Did you know that there are more ways to search on Google than by just typing in the words that you want? Check out some of these Google hacks and let us know if you’ve used some of them before!

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1) Search a Phrase Verbatim

If you want to look for words in their exact order, just sandwich the phrase within quotation marks.

Example: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

2) Narrow a Search to a Single Website

You remember reading about a service on the Doteasy site, but you can’t find it anymore! Just search within doteasy.com by searching “site:” followed by the website URL and the search terms.

Example: site:doteasy.com SSD hosting

3) Fill in the Blanks

If you’re going crazy trying to remember that expression, don’t make a mountain out of a __ and just ask Google! Replace your brain fart with an asterisk, and Google with search for possible results which fill in the blanks.

Example: mountain out of a *

4) Quickly Convert Currency

So you need to quickly convert dollars to francs – let Google do it for you. Just type the name of the currency you know followed by “to” and the currency you want to convert to.

Example: dollars to francs

5) Select a Time Range

If you’re only looking for recent news, take advantage of the Search Tools to limit your search results to those from the recent past.

Under the Google Search Bar, click on Search Tools, click on Any Time, and select the time range of your choice from the drop down menu.

How Do I Get My Site Listed On Search Engines?

February 29th, 2012

Before your website can get listed on a search engine, the search engine must first of all know that your website exists. Search engines do this by using a web crawler.

A web crawler is a program that methodically browses through the websites on the internet and allows the search engine to index them. How a web crawler works can be crudely summarized by these steps.

1. The web crawler visits the webpages that it has previously indexed.
2. It searches those webpages for outbound links.
3. It visits those links and indexes the pages that are new.

These steps are repeated as new webpages are found.

As you can see, the best way to get the search engine to index your page is to get another webpage that is already indexed to link to yours.

The other, less recommended, way of getting your webpage indexed is to submit your webpage URL to the search engine directly. This lets the search engine know that a webpage exists and needs to be crawled. However, this does not guarantee that your webpage will be crawled.

Here are some of the URL submission pages for the more common search engines.

Google – http://www.google.com/submityourcontent
Bing & Yahoo! – http://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster

If you want to submit your webpage URL to the search engines directly, it is recommended that you submit it to Google, Bing, and Yahoo!. This is because online sources say that these search engines sell their search results to the other smaller search engines.

Remember, when building a website, CONTENT IS KING. If you website has good content and is updated frequently with fresh material, people will come and naturally link your webpages.

In this video tutorial, we will teach you how to submit your website for Google search. Enjoy

Removing Old Pages from Google and other Search Engines

December 30th, 2010

Have you ever made an update to your website, and had removed old pages where the information is no longer relevant?  Later on, when you look for your website through a search engine, do you see your old pages still listed there? To some, it may seem like the old pages hadn’t been removed properly off the server, but actually, that may not be the case.

Search engines actually keep their own database of website results, so even if you updated your website, the search engine results don’t update immediately, and you will have to wait until search engines crawl your website (collect website content) again before updating their own databases. Some search engines, such as Google, actually have tools that assist webmasters manage the web search results, so that older pages no longer show up in the searches. For more information on Google’s webmaster tools, please take a look at:

http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=164734&from=35301&rd=1

http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=156449

Another thing you can do is setup a robots.txt file on your server to block search engines from crawling content you no longer want to show up in search engine results.  For more information on how a robots.txt file works, please take a look at this link:

http://lab.redmallorca.com/how-to-remove-a-web-page-from-google-index-and-other-search-engines/