Posts Tagged ‘search results’

When Sharing Google Links, Make Sure you Check the URL for Leaks First

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

It turns out that those long-tail format URLs can leak information about your browser and searching habits …

Have you ever shared links to Google Search results before? If you have, you may have noticed that the url pointing to the search results page contains several other parameters besides the search string. While the search string is a given, since it indicates the page you want to share, all remaining parameters are not. In fact, none of the parameters is required to open the page.

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Google Don’t be Evil Bookmarklet Released

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

It will be interesting to see how many folks start using this, and if it changes the way that people optimize their sites for search engines …

Google has a distinct advantage that other companies on the web do not have. Google Search at the time of writing controls more than 50% of all search on the web, which can go up in some countries to more than 90%. Google uses this to their advantage by promoting their own services in search. And while nearly every other company would certainly do the same if they were in Google’s position, it is quickly turning the company’s image of being an impartial search provider upside down.

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Google Search Alternative IxQuick

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Here’s an interesting search alternative for those who are frustrated with ad-heavy search results …

Ever since Google starting pumping up the results of their search engine with all kind of nonsense – read first and third party advertisement mainly but also other stuff like the unfair favoring of big brands – I have been looking for an alternative. And while I have found it in Bing, I have to admit that Bing is still not on pair with Google Search once the queries get complicated.

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NoCrap Removes Annoyances from Google Search

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Third party userscripts always make me a little bit nervous, but the idea behind this one does seem pretty useful …

Google in recent years has started to make many modifications to Google Search, from auto suggestions over live previews to Google Instant. Not every user likes all or even any of those changes which makes those features highly annoying in the eyes of those users. I even know a few who switched to another search engine such as Bing because they did not like how Google changed their search engine.

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Remove Google Properties from Search with a Comma

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

This is kind of a cool trick …

Google has turned from a search engine into a jack of all trades. The company started many different en devours ever since its rise to power; Some successful, like Google Maps, others not so like Google Video. Problems related to that became apparent years ago when Google started to include their own properties prominently in the search results. You can test that today by searching for medical, stock or location based information, among others. Those searches usually display a Google property at the top followed by the normal search engine results.

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Google Instant Previews – Preview Not Available

Monday, November 15th, 2010

This helps to explain those “Preview Not Available” messages …

Google’s new addition to it search engine, Instant Previews, is getting lots of press since its introduction. Google claims the new feature adds 5% to the search engine users satisfaction, others do not like the feature at all and want to disable it (see How To Disable Google Instant Previews for that).

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