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
How To Use Google To Search
Meet The New Google Look & Its Colorful, Useful “Search Options” Column
Further below are recent articles from Search Engine Land related to Google Web Search:
Sep 4, 2013 at 3:20pm ET by Barry Schwartz
Today, September 4th, and last week, August 21st, there were huge spikes in chatter amongst the SEO and webmasters about the Google search results shifting and changing.
In short, many SEOs and webmasters were complaining that their rankings in the Google search results have declined drastically. In addition, many sent me images of their analytics, showing a clear significant drop in traffic from the Google organic source.
I asked Google about both these updates, and for each one, they said they have "nothing to announce." Meaning, they won't confirm if there was or was not an update.
Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google: SEO | Google: Web Search | Top News
Aug 23, 2013 at 4:14pm ET by Amy Gesenhues
Last month, Google agreed to pay $8.5 million into a settlement fund over a class-action lawsuit by two searchers who accused the company of transmitting their personal information to third parties without their consent or knowledge that the information was being shared. The final court approval of the proposed settlement was scheduled for today, but five US privacy groups have asked the court to reject the preliminary settlement agreement.
Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, Patient Privacy and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse wrote a joint l [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Google: Legal | Google: Privacy | Google: Web Search | Legal: Privacy | Search & Society
Aug 23, 2013 at 8:54am ET by Barry Schwartz
Google announced on Google+ that they have overhauled the Web definitions interface and results, adding a lot more meat and details to your definitions queries.
The new options include an expandable box that contains additional synonyms, ways to use the word in sentences, the origins of the word, translation, the use of the word over time and much more. Also, when translate the word within, future definition searches will consistently provide a translation to that same language
Here is a screen shot of it in action:
Google said on Google+:
You may be familiar with using Google to [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Search Marketing | Google: Definitions | Google: Web Search
Aug 19, 2013 at 9:24am ET by Barry Schwartz
Google is testing a new search feature within the search results to show you a search result snippet overlay with additional details about that search result. The interesting fact is that this overlay doesn't have text from the search result itself, the text may be sourced from Wikipedia or other third-party sources.
Techno-Net first spotted this and Google Operating System covered it in more detail.
Here are some screen shots of the overlays:
You can even test this yourself by editing your cookies and go to google.com and change the value of the NID cookie to:
Related Topics: Channel: Search Marketing | Google: User Interface | Google: Web Search
Aug 16, 2013 at 6:57pm ET by Danny Sullivan
[caption id="attachment_169986" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Google down, as verified by Down For Everyone Or Just Me?[/caption]
It wasn't you. It was Google. Specifically, Google.com went down around 3:50pm PT for about five minutes, a very rare occurrence. Other Google services also appear to have had issues.
We'll update if we hear more, but it appears back now. It certainly sparked brief panic on Twitter. Twitter search service Topsy tweeted a chart showing the sudden spike in tweets:
The last time something even close to this happened was probably in January 2009, when for ab [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Web Search | Top News
Aug 16, 2013 at 11:25am ET by Danny Sullivan
Google doesn't care about Windows Phone, given the latest spat over its YouTube app? Think again. Google cares very much, at least when it comes to search. That apparent double-standards is something users of its Windows Phone search app have taken to its review page to express upset over.
Windows Phone Doesn't Matter To Google?
I've read a couple of news reports now where the whole dispute between Google and Microsoft over its YouTube app is taken as proof that Windows Phone just doesn't have enough market share for Google to care about.
In contrast, Google makes a wide-range of apps for [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Mobile | Features: Analysis | Google: Mobile | Google: Web Search | Google: YouTube & Video | Microsoft: Windows Phone | Top News
Aug 13, 2013 at 7:31am ET by Matt McGee
Will the day come that Google can successfully respond when you tell it something like, "Book me a trip to Washington, DC" -- walking you through all the queries and answers needed to complete such a complex request?
Will the day come when we're using devices that only offer voice-based search?
Will the day come when visual search happens continuously via the camera on Google Glass?
Those are some of the search-based challenges that Google is working on, and they're discussed in a recent interview that offers a peek at what Google thinks search will be like in the next decade. Or mayb [...]
Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Features: General | Google | Google: Conversational Search | Google: Google Now | Google: Knowledge Graph | Google: Web Search | Top News
Aug 9, 2013 at 9:11am ET by Barry Schwartz
Google News is now showing the top web search result listing in the news results when the query has navigational intent.
For example, if you search Google News for [ask.fm] at the top of the search results page, you will see a search snippet and link to their web site. Clicking on the link takes you to the ask.fm web site and not to a news story. Clicking on the "all results" link below that listing, takes you to more web results. Below that, you will find the news results.
Here is a screen shot:
This works for me sporadically for searches on large and even small brands. It wo [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Search Marketing | Google: News | Google: Web Search | Top News
Jul 31, 2013 at 4:29pm ET by Barry Schwartz
Google is testing a new design for their organic search results sitelinks. The new sitelinks are showing for some searchers, although I am not able to see them myself.
The screen shot above, provided by +Jon Cooper shows the a grid of four main sections of the web site. clicking on a section seems to expand a gray drop down area with an additional six sitelinks within the web site.
It appears that in the screen shot here, the user clicked on "Nike Store" after searching for [nike] and the six additional sitelinks showed up in the gray background area below.
We have reached out [...]
Related Topics: Google: SEO | Google: Sitelinks | Google: Web Search
Jul 24, 2013 at 9:38am ET by Barry Schwartz
TorrentFreak reports Google has added another website to the piracy block list for their instant search suggestions. The site is named Grooveshark, which is a popular free music streaming service.
Google would not comment specifically about Grooveshark, but told TorrentFreak, "our algorithms prevent terms closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete."
Back in January 2011, Google began filtering piracy related terms from their instant search suggestions. Google said then that they will "prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete. [...]
Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google: Instant | Google: Legal | Google: Pirate Update | Google: Web Search | Legal: Copyright | Top News
Jul 22, 2013 at 4:34pm ET by Matt McGee
Google has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that stems from two searchers accusing the company of sharing their search queries with third parties without user content or knowledge.
As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to pay $8.5 million into a settlement fund, with that money going to seven groups/organizations on the condition that they agree to use the money for public education and/or research related to protecting online privacy.
In October 2010, Paloma Gaos sued Google because the company "transmitted user search queries to third parties without knowledge or consent [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Google: Legal | Google: Privacy | Google: Web Search | Legal: Privacy | Top News
Jul 12, 2013 at 4:36pm ET by Matt McGee
Desktop search activity continues to rebound, and was up 12 percent year-over-year in June according to the latest comScore qSearch data just out today.
ComScore estimates that there were 19.2 billion "core" desktop searches last month. That's down four percent from the 20 billion searches in May. But it's a 12 percent increase from June 2012. And it's also the fourth straight month that desktop search has seen a double-digit rise year-over-year.
Both Google and Bing are seeing more desktop searches now than a year ago. ComScore's data suggests a 28 percent gain in core search on Bing be [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Google: Web Search | Microsoft: Bing | Stats: comScore | Stats: Popularity | Top News
Jul 9, 2013 at 1:50pm ET by Danny Sullivan
Are Google's search results getting too ad-heavy and leading back to Google's own content too much? A new blog post suggesting that Google's non-paid listings make up only a tiny fraction of the entire search results page has sparked some discussion, though the exact percentage actually varies on how you count what's on the page and from query-to-query.
According to the blog post by Aaron Harris, co-founder and CEO of Tutorspree, organic search results -- listings that are not paid ads but ranked highly because Google thinks they are the best answer to a query -- made up from 0-to-13% of a [...]
Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Features: Analysis | Google | Google: Knowledge Graph | Google: Maps & Local | Google: SEO | Google: Web Search | SEO - Search Engine Optimization | Top News
Jul 2, 2013 at 3:56pm ET by Amy Gesenhues
Russian Internet company Mail.ru Group released an official announcement that they will be handling all queries made by Search Mail.ru users from here on out. According to TheNextWeb.com, Google previously powered 60 percent of the searches performed on Search Mail.ru, after the company split ways with Russian search engine Yandex in August 2010.
While Mail.ru says its current share of Russian-language Internet market search queries is less than 9 percent, TheNextWeb reports that Mail.ru Group sites reach approximately 86 percent of Russian Internet users each month.
The announcement fro [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Google | Google: Web Search | Search & Society: General | Search Engines | Search Engines: Outside USA | Yandex
Jun 28, 2013 at 9:43am ET by Barry Schwartz
Search for "edward snowden petition" on Google to find the petition filed through the White House petitions site, and you'll see something odd. The petition has no description, because the White House won't let Google crawl the page. But it's not a move against Snowden, as some might think. It's part of how the petitions site has worked with search engines for some time.
Here's how the listing looks:
Notice the description: "A description for this result is not available because of the site's robot.txt -- learn more."
iAcquire noted the oddity this week, that the page is listed [...]
Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Features: Analysis | Google: SEO | Google: Web Search | SEO: Blocking Spiders | Top News
Jun 24, 2013 at 10:56am ET by Amy Gesenhues
For a number of years, Google has recognized Gay Pride Month by adding gay pride-inspired art to the Google search box on the results page of LGBT searches. This year, Google is marking Gay Pride Month 2013 with a 3D-styled rainbow encasing the search box:
Google's past support for Gay Pride month include rainbow-themed search boxes for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Along with the rainbow search bar, Google has created a Google Pride logo and will host the Google 8th Annual Pride Parade on June 30 in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City and Dublin.
Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google | Google: Logos | Google: User Interface | Google: Web Search
Jun 24, 2013 at 9:15am ET by Barry Schwartz
Google has quietly dropped another search operator, the tilde (i.e., ~) search operator.
Google Operating System blog noticed the lack of support for the tilde operator over the weekend. Reportedly, Dan Russell, a Search Research Scientist at Google, confirmed Google dropped the feature. Dan said the feature was dropped to "lack of use."
Dan told Alex from Google Operating System:
Yes, it's been deprecated. Why? Because too few people were using it to make it worth the time, money, and energy to maintain. In truth, although I sometimes disagree with the operator changes, I happen to agr [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Search Marketing | Google: User Interface | Google: Web Search | Search Features: Query Refinement
Jun 20, 2013 at 2:03pm ET by Amy Gesenhues
Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood will subpoena Google records and emails to determine if Google facilitated the sale of drugs without a prescription and other illegal products, including counterfeit copies of movies, games and music.
"Google is aiding and abetting criminal activity and putting consumers at risk," says Hood, "This is of grave concern to the chief law enforcement officers of this nation." The attorney general heads an intellectual property section of the National Association of Attorneys General and is urging other attorney generals to follow his lead.
According to a [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Google | Google: Legal | Google: Suggest | Google: Web Search | Legal | Legal: Censorship | Legal: Regulation | Search & Society | Top News
Jun 12, 2013 at 12:20pm ET by Barry Schwartz
The Google Bomb is back! Searching for [miserable failure] in Google now returns George W. Bush's knowledge graph in the search results.
The Google Bomb first became popular back in 2004 when Google and some other search engines ranked George W. Bush as the number one result for a search on [miserable failure]. In 2007, Google killed the Google bomb from showing up.
But why did it rank in the first place? Google ranks pages based on anchor text of links, among other factors, and many sites bombed Google by linking to George Bush's webpage with the anchor text [miserable failure]. In [...]
Related Topics: Channel: Search Marketing | Google: Knowledge Graph | Google: Web Search | Link Building: Link Bombs
Jun 12, 2013 at 8:42am ET by Barry Schwartz
Last night at SMX Advanced, Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts was on stage to answer questions about Google search and webmaster topics with Danny Sullivan. We covered the session in live blog format and pulled out several key points.
Of all my years watching Matt Cutts talk, I believe it has been over ten years now, I have never seen Matt reveal so much new information and announce so many new things in a single hour at a conference.
Here are the highlights from last night, with links to those individual stories:
Google Payday Loan Algorithm: Google Search Algorithm Update To [...]
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