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:

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Further below are recent articles from Search Engine Land related to Google Web Search:

Google Search Designer Explains Why Some Features & Tools Get Axed

axe-chop-wood-600 Google often removes features from their search results and other services. Jon Wiley, Google's Principal Designer of Google Search in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) thread answered the question on why Google removes features people love. Most recently, Google completely disabled the Google discussion forum search filter, which was actually removed from the search tools in January 2014 along with other features. Jon was asked specifically about that, but since he was not directly involved in that decision, he answered why Google removes some features that people love. Jon said that " [...]


Google Testing Timeline View In Knowledge Graph

google-knowledge-graph-featured Google is testing a new knowledge graph interface for showing a timeline of data, facts and knowledge in the top carousel section of the Google search results. Florian Kiersch spotted this first and captured a video of it, posting the video on Google+. The timeline shows you data elements related to your search query. When you hover your mouse over the timeline, Google will show you tidbits of data. If you click on the element, Google will drill into the timeline of that element. Here are some pictures: Alex Chitu has more screen shots of this feature as well on his blog. [...]


Google’s Pigeon Update Solves Yelp Problem, Boosts Local Directories

google-yelp-maps-600 As the analysis continues on yesterday's Google local search algorithm changes -- that we're calling the Pigeon update -- one thing appears to be clear: Local directory sites are getting better visibility in Google's search results. More specifically, it looks like Google has fixed its "Yelp problem" and is now showing Yelp pages at the top of search results when queries specifically include the word "Yelp." You might recall Yelp's recent accusations that Google was manipulating its search results to show Google's own local listings and content ahead of Yelp pages even when users spe [...]


Pigeon: Search Engine Land’s Name For The New Google Local Search Update

maps-pigeon-600 Last night, Google released a pretty significant local search algorithm update. Google told us there was no internal name for the update, but now that we see that it was fairly significant, we decided to give it a name: Pigeon. Pigeon is the name we decided on because this is a local search update and pigeons tend to fly back home. When the Google Panda update launched, there was no official name from Google, so we named it the "Farmer" update. A few days later, Google told us they internally named it the Panda update. So we switched names from Farmer to Panda to avoid that confusi [...]


Google Quick Answers Adds Images

google-hummingbird3-featured Google's quick answer results have recently added images to some of the answers. Alex Chitu spotted this and I was able to replicate it for many queries. Such as for [how old is barack obama] to [how many children does michael jordan have?] Here are both desktop views and mobile views of the images in the quick answers on Google. The images do not come up for all searches, such as [how much does the iphone 5s weigh?] and []how many megapixels for iphone 5s] but it does work for iphone 5s focal length]. [...]


Google “Pigeon” Updates Local Search Algorithm With Stronger Ties To Web Search Signal

maps-pigeon-600 Google has released a new algorithm to provide a more useful, relevant and accurate local search results that are tied more closely to traditional web search ranking signals. The changes will be visible within the Google Maps search results and Google Web search results. Note: We've named this update the Pigeon update. The core changes are behind the scenes, but it does impact local search results rankings and some local businesses may notice an increase or decrease in web site referrals, leads and business from the change. Google told us that the new local search algorithm ties d [...]


Some Of The Weird Issues When Google’s Quick Answers Come From Random Sources

google-hummingbird3-featured As Google's Hummingbird algorithm continues to shape the answers within Google's search results, webmasters, SEOs and searchers ask themselves, why is Google showing this knowledge graph or that quick answer. Often webmasters find themselves at a loss because Google takes their content and puts it at the top of the search results. While searchers ask, why is this the proper source for the answer - why not license content versus scrape content from webmasters? I participated in a Google+ Hangout with Google's John Mueller, who was presented some interesting cases of "branded" quick answers [...]


Google Finally Adds Bitcoin Conversion Search

bitcoin-featured Following in the footsteps of both Yandex and Bing, Google has finally added Bitcoin currency conversion to their knowledge graph/one box results. If you search for a conversion for Bitcoin, you will get the answer: TechCrunch reports Google has partnered with CoinBase to power the conversion feature. A Google spokesperson told CoinDesk.com: You can also ask Google to do conversions – if you have the Google Search app on your smartphone, for example, ask it, ‘How many Bitcoins are in 500 U.S. dollars?’ and you’ll get the answer in a handy conversion tool. Again, Bing added [...]


Google Adds Zip Code Matches In Knowledge Graph Carousel

Google-Voice-Logo-rm-verge_large_verge_medium_landscape Google has added zip code matches and lookups to the knowledge graph section of the search results. If you search for [new york, ny zip codes] in Google, you will be presented with all of the zip codes in that location. This loads a carousel that lets you slide through the various options: When you search for zip codes in smaller cities, such as [tarrytown, ny zip codes] you simply get a single zip code match in a OneBox style result. Bing also offers the zip code matches for these types of results. If you search on Bing for [new york, ny zip codes you get the following result: [...]


Using Adobe Flash For Your Web Site? Google Mobile Results Will Issue Searchers A Warning.

flash-serp-note-border Flash, Adobe's multimedia based website technology, is not a friend of mobile devices or search spiders and now Google has decided to step up their campaign against such sites using the technology. Google announced that starting today, they will be issuing warnings to searchers when their algorithms detect that the website is not supported on the device they are using. For example, if you are using an Android device or iOS device and the search results show a listing of a site designed fully in Adobe Flash, Google may issue a warning that Flash is not supported with your device and encourag [...]


Google’s Quality Rating Guide Leaked Again; Here Is Version Five

google-quality-spam Google's Quality Rating Guidelines document has been leaked once again! Version 5.0 was leaked a few days ago, where Google has reportedly completely revamped the guidelines. Jennifer Slegg has documented most of the new guidelines on her blog. You can also read the full new 160 page guidelines on scribd.com. I am actually surprised the document has not yet been pulled down yet. Jennifer explained the new guidelines put "a high emphasis on sites that are considered to have a high level of expertise, authoritativeness or trustworthiness." This is known as the acronym, EAT: expertise, [...]


Leaked Documents Show How Yelp Thinks It’s Not Getting Screwed By Google

yelp-logo-featured Yelp may once again feel Google is robbing it of its fair share of search traffic, with a study that's been leaked to TechCrunch to prove it. A close read of that study actually shows that it proves the opposite -- or at least, that it's certainly not as damning as it sounds. Leaked Documents Show How Yelp Thinks It’s Getting Screwed By Google is the story over at TechCrunch out today with the study. I've taken my own headline from that to do this contrarian view. Let me say from the start that Google does a lot of things that I think puts it in conflict with publishers. How Google We [...]


“America” Movie Filmmaker Sends Legal Demand For Google To Fix Showtime Results

Google TV Logo The Hollywood Reporter writes that Dinesh D’Souza's movie, "America" is not coming up properly in the Google search results and as a result, they are getting complaints that the movie is not available in local theaters near movie-goers. Dinesh D’Souza's lawyers sent a letter to Google's chief legal officer, David Drummond demanding Google fix the issue. If you search for [america movie] in Google, you won't get the showtimes box you'd get for searching for other popular movie names. Here is what you see in Google: Note, you see the carousel of movies, but none show the new [...]


Head Of Google’s Web Spam Team Matt Cutts Is Going On Leave

matt-cutts-600x338 Google's Matt Cutts -- who holds the title of "distinguished engineer" -- is taking a break from his duties as Google's chief web spam fighter. Cutts has announced on his personal blog that he's taking leave through October. It will be the longest break Cutts has ever taken from Google since he started with the company back in 2000 and since he began overseeing the web spam team in 2004. It's also one that he writes is overdue. From his post: When I joined Google, my wife and I agreed that I would work for 4-5 years, and then she'd get to see more of me. I talked about this as recentl [...]


Google Drops Profile Photos, Google+ Circle Count From Authorship In Search Results

google-authorship-featured Google's John Mueller has announced that Google is making a major change in the search results around authorship. Specifically, Google is dropping the profile photo and circle count from the search listings where authorship is assigned to a web page. Mueller said that the "click-through behavior on this new less-cluttered design is similar to the previous one." For some reason, I highly doubt that, but webmasters can be the judge of that as this gets rolled out. Here is the new design for authorship. Notice that all you see is a clickable author name: Here is the old format, where [...]


Google’s Knowledge Graph Is Showing Step By Step Instructions: Here Are Some Examples

google-data-knowledge-brain-featured Earlier this year, Google began offering much more detailed answers in the top Knowledge Graph box. Shortly after that was introduced, Google also began expanding those answers into a bulleted list format. We've been seeing these bulleted lists, especially in "how-to" like queries for months now and here are some interesting examples. In the example above, notice how the first result is not being used for the answer here. Google is making an effort to give the publisher a nice big link, but the truth is the user really has no need to click through to the publisher's site to get the a [...]


The Feature Google Killed The + Command For — Direct Connect — Is Now Dead

google-plus-signs-600 Cast your mind back to November 2011, only a few months after the launch of Google+. That's when Google made one of its biggest Google+ification moves. It demoted a long-standing search feature involving the plus symbol so that searchers could instead more easily reach new "Google+ Pages" that had been launched. Today, this "Direct Connect" feature is forgotten and broken. How Direct Connect Worked When Direct Connect launched, Google promised that people could go directly to popular pages on Google+ by beginning their searches with a + sign followed by a few characters of the page's name. F [...]


Google Knowledge Graph Adds Phone Numbers With Hangout Integration

google-click-phone-knowledge Now, if you search for your favorite local restaurant, bar, business and the like on Google; Google may show you a phone number in the knowledge graph top box that is clickable. When you click the phone number, it will dynamically open up Google Hangouts and let you dial them via your computer to make a reservation, appointment or a complaint. Here is an example of a popular kosher steakhouse in New York City. I searched for the name of the restaurant and added phone to the query. Google gave me this large box with their number: Clicking on it launches Hangouts: Then it will a [...]


Study: Google Universal Results Show Up For 85% Of All Searches: Videos In 65% & Maps In 1%

searchmetrics-study-featured SearchMetrics released a study on the penetration of Universal Search results in the Google search results. By Universal Search we mean the way Google “blends” results from “vertical” search engines like Google Images, Google Videos, Google Maps or Google News into its web search listings. The study shows that for all searches, 85% of them contain some element of universal search blend. The most common are video results, followed by images, then news, shopping and maps. Here is the breakdown: 1. Videos: appear for 65% of keywords 2. Images: appear for 40% of keywords 3. News [...]


Google To Warn Searchers When A Mobile URL Redirects To The Homepage

warning-yellow-tape-featured Don't annoy mobile searchers. That's the message behind a new warning that Google is showing in mobile search results on smartphones. On the Webmaster Central blog, Google alerted webmasters late yesterday that it will let smartphone searchers know if it thinks a website has a "faulty redirect" in place that sends the searcher to your home page, not the page they clicked on. We'd like to spare users the frustration of landing on irrelevant pages and help webmasters fix the faulty redirects. Starting today in our English search results in the US, whenever we detect that smartphone users [...]


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