10/6/16
8:04 am

Targeting Your Web Searches

With a simple change to how you type your search terms, you can target one website instead of the entire Internet. This is handy when you know the result you want is in a specific place.

Video Transcript (Click to Expand)
Here's a search tip that I use all the time. Like literally every day I use this. A lot of people just don't know about it.

You can search Goggle for anything you want. For instance, say you wanted to search for iPhone SD card reader. Just type that in the address bar here and you get tons of search results from all sorts of different web sites.

But say you really know what web site holds the answer to what you want. Like, for instance, say you wanted to find the iPhone SD card reader in the Apple Store. Well you can alter your search result by typing the word site then colon then the URL for a site. So for instance site:apple.com then put a space between that and the key words that you want.

Notice that there is no space around the colon. Site:apple.com with no spaces. Then a space and then as many key words as you want. When I search for that in Goggle I will get only results that are apple.com. So I've got apple.com. I've got support.apple.com. I've got discussions.apple.com. Sure enough there's a link right to the product to the Apple Store which is what I really wanted.

I could use this for other things as well. For instance, say site:apple.com cracked iPhone screen. I can search just for apple.com. Let's say if I wanted to see what people were discussing at discussions.apple.com then I could only get results that are discussions.apple.com.

If I wanted to see like iPhone screen cleaner you can see there's the results for discussions.apple.com. But I can change that to say Amazon.com and this is like doing a search only on Amazon.com. I'm going to get pages that are only there.

You can type any URL you want there if you know the web site where your result should be and then type the search result. I use this Goggle hack all the time. Of course, it works not just on Mac. It will work on iPad, iPhone, or PC's. It's just a great thing and it really makes searching so much easier.

Comments: 3 Responses to “Targeting Your Web Searches”

    Bob
    10/6/16 @ 9:38 am

    Thanks. Have been using this one for several years.
    What is another google search ‘hack’ that you like?

    10/6/16 @ 9:39 am

    Bob: A long time back I did a video on some: http://macmost.com/18-google-search-tricks.html

    Jakub
    10/23/16 @ 6:22 pm

    hi, great video -as usual- You could also say about boolean operator in search, like AND OR RATHER.
    Best

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