Posts Tagged ‘google search’

Google Verbatim for Exact Search Results

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Most of the time, I just use quotation marks myself, but this sounds like a pretty cool trick too …

When you search on Google you often get results that have nothing to do with your original search query. Take the search for Appel for instance. You probably would not expect sites about Apple in the search results. Google on the other hand thinks that is what the user is looking for and displays three Apple sites in the top five search results.

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Google Replaces + Search Operator

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Maybe I’m missing something here, but it seems like the old “change merely for the sake of change” trick …

Advanced search operators like the + or – symbols can be used to optimize a search. The – operator for instance makes sure that the term following is not included on pages in the search results. An example for this is the query technology -blog which would only display results that would match the technology term and not the blog term. The + operator on the other hand made sure that the term following would also be included on each of the result pages.

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Where are Google Search Cached and Similar Links?

Friday, October 21st, 2011

I’d kind of been wondering about this too … it’s nice to hear that the cached pages are still available somewhere …

If you have been using Google Search in past years you may have noticed a cached and similar link next to nearly every search result on Google. The cached entry linked to a cached copy of the web page that Google stored on their own servers. The similar link on the other hand listed related sites instead.

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Google Rolls Out Https Search for Logged-In Users

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The encrypted search features are nice from a security standpoint, but it also sounds like this will drive many corporate IT departments a little bit crazy …

Google back in May 2010 enabled https on their core search domain. Users back then were able to access https://www.google.com/ manually for improved security and privacy on the Google Search engine. Google quickly ran into a problem that the company did not anticipate at the time. Companies, organizations and schools began to block the search giant’s homepage as employees and students were able to use the encrypted search version to bypass web filters.

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Block Download.com from Google Search Results

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Strange. Just yesterday, I noticed that Windows was giving me a security warning every time download.com showed up in my search results …

My story on Cnet’s Download.com installer that the company added to many downloads on their website has sparked the interest of other websites and software developers.

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How to Remove Ads on Google Search Result Pages

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Here are some interesting tricks for filtering ads out of Google search results …

I have been watching an alarming trend in past years. Google, once the up and comer in the search engine market, with excellent results has turned into a behemoth whose primary objective is to keep search engine users on their properties. I’m not the only one who made that observation. In worst case currently, only one organic search result is showing up above the fold on Google. If you’d remodel your website after this, you’d be certainly penalized by Google’s new Panda algorithm which is a try to improve the quality of search engine results (oh the irony).

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Highlight to Search for Google Chrome – A Redundant Add-On

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Well this is news to me; I didn’t realize that Chrome already allowed you to search by highlighting text …

How do you search when you use the Google Chrome browser? Do you enter the search term directly in the address bar, open the Google search homepage and search there or do something else? Highlight to Search is a very popular Google Chrome extension that adds a feature to search by simply highlighting text in the browser. And with popular I mean mighty. More than 71,000 users have installed the extension at this point in time. 2800 users install the extension every week indicating that usage is rising.

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Your Computer Appears to be Infected – On Google Search

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

This is kind of an interesting development; apparently, Google is in the Malware detection business now …

A computer with a malware infection causes serious troubles for its owner or the current users, especially if they are not aware of the infection. The danger itself depends largely on the type and purpose of the malware, and can range from stealing files to destructive behavior or using the hijacked computer as a proxy for malicious activities on the Internet. Google recently discovered what they call “unusual search traffic” during maintenance on one of their data centers. Further analysis of the data revealed that it was caused by malicious software.

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Google Bans Belgian Newspapers

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

This seems like sort of an odd move, PR-wise; after losing the court case against the Belgium press, it sort of makes Google look like sore losers …

Belgian newspapers have sued Google because of the company’s incorporation of news articles and images in Google News. The newspapers claim that the search giant has no rights to post contents and links on their Google News service without payment or permission. A Belgian court decided that the newspapers were right. That meant for Google that the company would have to pay fines if contents would still appear on Google.

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Change Google’s Black Navbar Back to White

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

This might seem kind of silly, but if Google’s new black navbar bugs you, here’s now to change it back to white again …

Google recently rolled out a design change to their search interface. The navigation at the top linking to several Google properties, a user’s Google account and other Google services has a new black background and grey font colors. This new design change has been rolled out to google.com and all country specific Google domains. You do not only find it on search pages, but other Google properties that display the bar at the top.

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