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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Google Secrets

Bypass the Search Results—and Go Directly to the First Page on the List

You have another option after you enter your search query, other than clicking the Google Search button. When you click the I’m Feeling Lucky button, Google shoots you directly to the Web page that ranked at the top of your search results, no extra clicking necessary. If you trust Google to always deliver the one best answer to your query, this is a fun option to try. For the rest of us, however, it’s still best to view the rest of the search results to see what other sites might match what we’re looking for.

Narrow Your Search to a Specific Domain or Web Site

Maybe you want to search only those sites within a specific top-level Web domain, such as .com or .org or .edu—or, perhaps, within a specific country’s domain, such as .uk (United Kingdom) or .ca (Canada). Google lets you do this
by using the site: operator. Just enter the operator followed by the domain name, like this: site:.domain.

For example, to search only those sites within the .edu domain, you’d enter site:.edu. To search only Canadian sites, enter site:.ca. Remember to put the “dot” before the domain.

The site: operator can also be used to restrict your search to a specific Web site. In this instance, you enter the entire top-level URL, like this: site:www.website.domain.

To search only within PiticStyle’s Web site (www.piticstyle.com), enter site:www.piticstyle.com. Your results will include only pages listed within the specified Web site.


Resurrect Dead Pages

What do you do if you click to a Web page in the search results list, but that page no longer exists? (It happens; thousands of older Web pages go dead every day.) You may still be in luck, because Google saves a copy of each page that it indexes as it existed at the time it was indexed. So even if a page is dead and gone, you may still be able to view the cached (saved) version of that page on Google’s server.

List Pages That Link to a Specific Page

Want to know which other Web pages are linked to a specific page? Because Google works by tracking page links, this is easy to find out. All you have to do is use the link: operator, like this: link:URL. For example, to see the thousands
of pages that link to Microsoft’s Web site, enter link: www.microsoft.com.

At the final an Yahoo Secret: Use the Search Box Shortcut

If entering an entire URL is too much work, Yahoo! lets you use special shortcuts in its search box to go directly to a particular Yahoo! site. All you have to do is enter the feature name followed by an exclamation mark, like this: feature!

So if you want to go to Yahoo! Travel, enter travel! into the search box and then click the Search button. If you want to go to Yahoo! Mail, enter mail!.


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