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 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 [...]


Googling The Weather: From 20% Project To Sophisticated Query Analysis

google-weather-600 Millions of us have asked Google to play weatherperson. In order to get an answer to one of our oldest and most basic questions, we type a variety of words and numbers -- city names, neighborhoods and ZIP codes, plus words like "weather," "forecast" or maybe "temperature" -- into the Google search box, and Google typically has an answer back to us in less than a second. But have you noticed that our weather-related searches can be more complex now than ever? It's true. In recent years, Google has gone from focusing on the keywords we use to figuring out the meaning of our search que [...]


Open Letter: Why Search Engine Land Will & Won’t Cover Someone Being Penalized By Google

google-flyswatter-penalty-600 It's been big news recently about major brands and Google penalties, and the floodgates feel open on people spotting even more brands possibly hit out there. Some new crackdown by Google? No. It's the rise of hyperactive attention in this area, and that's turning into a problem. Hence this open letter, on how we're planning to address "public penalty reports" here at Search Engine Land. In Summary: Penalties Aren't Always Newsworthy The TL;DR is this. We're not going to be writing about every brand that is suspected to be hit by a Google penalty. Unless there's some exceptional news value, t [...]


Google Showing Restaurant Menus In Card-Style Search Result

menu-food-featured Google has started showing complete restaurant menus in its search results when a query specifically looks for menu information. We think Allie Brown was the first to spot this when she shared the results of a search for "jones brunch menu" on Twitter. For that query, Google begins the search results with a card-style answer that details the restaurant's menu across several categories -- appetizers, entrées, sandwiches and more. (For the record, Google actually seems to be getting the details wrong. In looking at the Jones website, this looks like their "all day" menu, not the brunc [...]


Google Showing Large Video Embeds In Some Search Results

youtube-keywords-featured Now, if you search Google for video related content, Google may return a large, playable, video directly at the top of the search results. For example, searching for [sing it loud come around] shows a large YouTube video that you can play directly in the search results. Searching for [neil young cinnamon girl] also shows a YouTube video, as does [the killers mr brightside] and many other searches. I have yet to see any other source, outside of YouTube show up in any of my tests. Last year, Google began testing video thumbnails on tablet devices. This was spotted by Moz and [...]


Google Search Redesigns Stock Quotes “Card,” Drops Competitor Links, Then Brings Them Back

old-google-stock-quotes Yesterday, Google launched a new design of the stock quotes "card" at the top of its search results. The new card dropped links to competing financial websites, something Google previously had in place since 2000. But after attention was drawn to the fact, Google quietly restored the links. Google Operating System noted the change and the drop of competitor links yesterday, as did TechCrunch. And that's what we saw when we first posted this story at 9:22am ET today: Compare the new card above to the old one below, and you can see how the links to competitors were removed: Goog [...]


Google Showing Date Selector In Knowledge Graph Carousel For Hotels

knowledge-graph Google has added a new feature to the Knowledge Graph Carousel, where for some search queries, it will show a date selector box. For example, a search on [hotel in new york] returns the local hotel listings at the top carousel but now adds this date selector option. Here is a picture: You can now click on the start and/or end date and a calendar pop up will show up for you to change your check in and check out dates. Then the pricing listed in the hotel results may change with the dates. Google has allowed hotel, flight and other bookings through Google's search results and has [...]


Google Search OneBox Answers Are Getting More Detailed

google-data-knowledge-brain-featured There are several reports throughout the search community that Google's OneBox answers or a form of the knowledge graph, are now more aggressive about answering even more complex questions with more detailed responses or answers. When we asked Google about this, a Google spokesperson told us, "we're always experimenting with different types of answers, but we don't have more details to share at this point." Some questions Google attempts to answer now include: [why is the sky blue?] [who ended world war 2?] But some answers might be a bit off or unusual such as: [what are the largest mammals [...]


Google’s Latest Search Trick: “As The Crow Flies” Distance Calculation

Google logo Move over, pandas. Fly away, hummingbirds. Waddle away, penguins. Google has a new animal friend: crows. But unlike its past associations with the animal world, this one isn't about SEO or algorithms -- it's a new search trick that adds distance calculation to Google's OneBox feature. (The OneBox is where Google often presents immediate answers to search queries rather than just presenting links relevant to the query.) As Google explained late Friday, the OneBox can now answer how far it is between two remote locations. It does the measurement "as the crow flies." Google's examples were [...]


Days-Old Error In Google Search Causes Gmail User To Get Thousands Of Emails

google-oops-mistake-featured Earlier this week, we reported a glitch in Google Search, where clicking on a link after a search for Gmail listed someone's email address, complete in a window ready to send them email. With today's Gmail outage, that error -- never fixed -- has resulted in at least one person getting thousands of unwanted emails. You can still see the error now. Search for "gmail" in Google: Under the main listing, you'll see an "Email" link -- what's called a "sitelink" that's designed to help people navigate to specific places within a web site. The problem is, that link doesn't point to a pag [...]


Study: 34% Of Google Search Results Have Rich Media, 9 Organic Links & 9 Search Ads

conductor company logo Conductor released a study that analyzed the ten blue links at Google showing 34% show rich media, nine organic listings and nine search ads. 34% Of Search Snippets Have Rich Media The Conductor study showed that there was rich media on the search results page 34% of the time. The breakdown of rich media showed images appear on 28% of search results pages, news 9%, and shopping 1%. You have to keep in mind, rich media in search results is incredibly query-dependent. So, based on the sampling of Conductor's study, 34% was the number they reached. 88% Of The Search Results Contain 9 Organ [...]


An Easy Way To Check What Referrer Data Google, Bing Or Yahoo Pass To Your Secure Site

secure With the three major search engines migrating their default searches to secure search, over SSL/HTTPS, marketers and webmasters want to know what referrer and analytics data will be passed to them and what won't. The majority of Google is secure search, Yahoo yesterday defaulted all searches to be conducted over SSL, and Bing is currently testing SSL search for those who opt in. Testing Referrer Data From HTTPS Search To HTTP URL The default protocol for passing referrer from an HTTPS URL to a non HTTPS URL is to not pass any referrer data at all. Both Yahoo and Bing comply with that, whi [...]


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