Google Web Search is a feature of Google that allows you to search for pages across the entire web. By default, it also will find matches from related Google search services, all mixed together as part of the “Everything” results that display.

Using Google Web Search is easy — just go to the Google home page and perform a search. However, you might find our guides below provide you some helpful information on how to get more out of your Google searching:

Search Engine Land’s Guide To Google
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Further below are recent articles from Search Engine Land related to Google Web Search:

Google Tests Video Search Results Without Thumbnail Images

google-homepage-search-600 For the longest time, videos found within Google's search results contained thumbnail images of a frame within the video. That is how Google has displayed richer search results, ever since the days of Universal Search. It seems like Google is testing making those video results a bit less rich by removing the video thumbnail image and replacing it with a small, gray, play button followed by the time of the video. Craig Gilhooly posted a screen shot of the new user interface test on Twitter. Here is a picture: Here is what it currently looks like to the average searcher: [...]


Google Responds To Misattributed Content Saying They May Show The Canonicalized URL

Google-Wall A few weeks ago, we reported on cases where Google was misattributing content for select news publishers. We showed examples of Google showing URLs of large news publishers but those URLs listed were not the source URLs and thus, redirecting from Google's search results to a completely different URL. Yesterday, a few weeks after we reported the issue, Google's Matt Cutts responded to us saying: In response to URL or site: queries, we occasionally show URLs that would otherwise be canonicalized to a different URL. What Matt is explaining is that at one point, the URLs in the example set [...]


Google App Indexing Adds 24 Android Apps & Expands To All English Content Worldwide

google-apps-featured On October 31st, Google announced they are now supporting a new feature named app indexing, which allows publishers to create links from Google's search results directly into the deep content within their Android apps. So if you search for something on your Android device and happen to see a result from a publisher where you also have their app on your device, clicking on that link will open the app and take you right to the content within the app that is related to your query. In December, the first apps started appearing to support app indexing, including the IMDb Android app. Google a [...]


Google Tests Product Images Within Organic Listings

google-organic-product-images-1396354303 It seems Google is testing showing product images in the organic, free search result listings, for certain e-commerce sites. This was first spotted in a Moz thread for a site that sells ski equipment named evo.com. Here is a picture of the organic listing that shows not just rich snippet data for pricing and stock but also a product image: I personally cannot reproduce this but some others can. We asked Google for a comment but have not heard back from them about this within 24 hours. We see these product images often in Google Product Listing Ads but never within the free listing [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts On How They Evaluate New Search Algorithms

matt-cutts-algo-change-eval Google Head of Search Spam Matt Cutts posted a video today answering how Google goes about evaluating which new search algorithms they use and which they throw away or adapt. The question was posed by James Foster of Sydney, Australia who asked: What are some of the metrics that Google uses to evaluate whether one iteration of the ranking algorithm is delivering better quality results to users than another? Matt Cutts breaks it down to about three steps of the evaluation process: (1) They test the algorithm offline, benchmarking how the results rank with the new algorithms and if the [...]


Five Days Later, It Looks Like Google Has Penalized Web Design Library For Selling Links

wdl-tmobile-link-tweets We all saw this one coming: Web Design Library, the website that was using Twitter to renew paid links last week, appears to have earned a Google penalty. While I was researching last week's article, I saw the site ranking at No. 8 for the term web design. Today, I'm seeing it at No. 48 for that same query. But the more obvious indicator of a penalty is that the site no longer ranks for its own name, Web Design Library. If you missed the original story, someone using the name "Vince" and tweeting from the @vitaliykoloswdl account was reaching out via Twitter to renew paid link agr [...]


Google Misattributing Content From Major News Publishers

mistake-error-erase-600 A reader has sent us examples of Google misattributing content from dozens of large online news publications, with hundreds thousands of examples of Google indexing URLs and pages, but that content being pulled from a different source. For example, if you search for [hometownlocator site:post-gazette.com], the first result is local.post-gazette.com/boardman+florist.9.125954212p.home.html: If you look at the cached result, it brings up a page from hometownlocator.com instead of from site:post-gazette.com. Here is the cached result: But when you click through it takes you to the [...]


Selling Links To A Big Brand? Here’s Why You Don’t Tweet About It

quiet-shhh-600 Here's a lesson in how not to sell links. As Search Engine Roundtable pointed out this morning, someone named "Vince" from WebDesign.org is using Twitter to contact companies about renewing paid links that are about to expire. You can look at the @vitaliykoloswdl account and see numerous conversations about selling or renewing paid link agreements. The most notable conversation seems to be this one with T-Mobile, which started in February and has continued into this month (there are more tweets than shown on the screenshot below): At one point, "Vince" tells T-Mobile that there's [...]


Google Can Now Solve Your Geometry Math Questions

google-geometry Google has quietly upgraded their search calculator to not just answer your basic math questions or graphical or 3D math questions; now, it can do your geometry homework. You can ask Google geometry related questions and it will solve them for you, such as [perimeter of a trapezoid]: As Alex Chitu notes, you can also search for these geometry questions: [solve triangle] [area of a circle] [volume of a sphere] [perimeter of a trapezoid] [area of a pentagon] [hypotenuse calculator] [triangular prism volume] [calculate the diagonal of a cube with 6mm edge] [volume of [...]


Google Knowledge Graph Adds “Related Topics” Section

google-knowledge-graph-featured Alex Chitu noticed that Google's Knowledge Graph has now added a "related topics" for certain types of queries. The example provided shows a search for [equilateral triangle shows a Knowledge Graph that also adds topics for equilateral polygon, square, regular polygon, and pythagorean theorem. Clicking on each brings up the knowledge graph answer for each of those topics. Here is a picture: [...]


Okay Google: Take A Photo/Video Comes To Google Mobile Search

google-voice-search Google announced on Google+ that you can now ask your Android phone to take a photo or a video by saying, "Ok Google," then "take a photo" or "take a video." This will launch the Android camera app in the photo or video mode so you can quickly take a photo. I should note that there are other variations of the "take a photo" that work, such as "shoot a" and "take a picture" and so on. Google Glass has supported this since it launched, so it makes sense to extend this to Android devices. Where this may come in handy for search is in the future, if Google extends Google Search mobile to han [...]


Google Makes It Official: New Search Results Design Goes Live For All

google-new-design-experiment A day after Google said the new look was still an experiment, it has decided that the experiment was good enough to make for an official change. Now everyone should be getting the new design. Jon Wiley, Google's lead design for Google Search, said on Google+, "you may have noticed that Google Search on desktop looks a little different today." Jon is talking about Google rolling out the new design to desktop searchers. The new design, as Jon describes it has a larger titles, the underlines were removed, and Google "evened out all the line heights." Jon said this "improves readability and [...]


Google Adds Concert Dates To Knowledge Graph

knowledge-graph Google announced today it is now adding concert dates to its Knowledge Graph. According to the Google Webmaster Central blog, concert information for a musician will be pulled from the artist's official website if the site includes structured data markup. The announcement listed three ways webmasters for musical artists could take advantage of the new concert listings: Implementing schema.org markup on the artist's website. Install an events widget like Bandsintown, BandPage, ReverbNation, Songkick, or GigPress that has structured data markup built into it. Use Google's webmaster [...]


Google’s New Look Search Results: Still An Experiment

google-balls More and more searchers, SEOs, webmasters and advertisers are seeing the new Google design test we've covered here a couple times where the ads blend in more to the search results and the font size is larger and the underlined links are gone. Last night, at Search Marketing Expo West, Google's head of search, Amit Singhal told the audience that "we're always experimenting" and this design test is just that, one of Google's experiments. In our live blog coverage, Matt McGee summarized it as: We are always testing things. We need to experiment to improve the product. Rest assured there’ [...]


Live Blog: Head Of Google Search Amit Singhal Keynote At SMX West 2014

amit-danny-smx-west Good evening/afternoon (or early morning for our European readers!) from sunny San Jose, Calif., where day one of our SMX West conference is almost finished. We're wrapping up the Marketing Land Digital Marketing Summit with a keynote conversation between Google's Amit Singhal and Danny Sullivan, founding editor of both Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. Singhal has overseen Google's search engine ranking algorithms since 2000. From the Knowledge Graph, to Google Voice Search, to Google's new "Hummingbird" algorithm update, no one has better insight into Google's many methods of trying [...]


Google Bug Turned Entire Web Into “Lorem Ipsum”

oops-mistake-error-600 Lorem Ipsum is boilerplate text commonly used by the design community to illustrate how the text on a website or print design will look within the visual graphical creatives. It turned out that the boilerplate text of Lorem Ipsum was used on every webpage, according to Google. On Friday, Gabriela Vatu picked up on the weird issue with Google showing Lorem Ipsum content in the search results snippets when you search for the term [Consectetur] plus any site name. We were able to replicate the issue and asked Google what was up. Google told us this was "an internal indexing issue," and they [...]


Now Official: Google Adds Restaurant Menus To Search Results

bonefish-grill-menu That Google menus experiment we told you about a couple weeks ago? It's now official. But it's only available in the U.S. at the moment. Google announced that it's now showing restaurant menus as a OneBox-style answer at the top of its search results. It seems to be primarily triggered by searches that involve both the restaurant name and the word "menu," although Google's example involves a query that starts with "show me the menu for...." The menu OneBox shows multiple food options and is divided into different categories, depending on how the individual restaurants (or chains) [...]


FOX Partners With Google To Allow Voting For American Idol On Google’s Search Results

american-idol-logo FOX and Google have partnered to enable American Idol fans to vote for the finalists directly in the Google search results. That means you no longer have to text your vote, you can do it on Google.com. How does it work? Simple, you go to Google on your desktop or mobile device and search for [american idol] or [idol] during the voting window and select from your favorite finalists. Then you can vote up to 50 votes per contestant directly on Google by clicking on the contestant's photo: Then review your votes and click "submit votes to American Idol": After you submit yo [...]


Movie Sites Ranking Better In Google, Now That “Transient Issue” Fixed

slashfilm A couple days ago, we reported that Google was investigating an issue where several movie blogs lost their rankings in Google. The head of search spam Matt Cutts himself said, "I hope to dig into this soon." Well, he did and he restored the rankings for those movie blogs calling the ranking problem a "transient issue." Matt Cutts of Google told us: This was a transient issue that affected a small number of sites, and the issue is now fixed. It is indeed fixed. When I asked the owner of /Film, Peter Sciretta, if his traffic is back, he told me "yes, most of it but not all." Google told Pet [...]


Ray Kurzweil’s Job At Google: Beat IBM’s Watson At Natural Language Search

ray-kurzweil-600 If Ray Kurzweil is right, computers will be smarter than humans 15 years from now. It's called "technological singularity" and a big part of his job at Google is making sure that vision becomes reality. Kurzweil, an inventor and futurist that became Google's Director of Engineering in late 2012, recently told the Guardian that his sole job at Google is to make the company's computers as smart as humans -- smarter, actually -- when it comes to natural language understanding. Anyone in the search industry should have no trouble seeing the implications of what Kurzweil and his team are doin [...]


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