Many websites don’t have a search function and on many others the search function doesn’t work well. And anyway, with a search box in the toolbar of most browsers, it’s often quicker to search a particular site directly from Google. Here’s how. [First published March 2003.]
I like some variety when I walk our dogs, so sometimes I want to search the Wellington City Council site for a list of dog exercise areas. You’d think I’d bookmark the pages I need …
Here’s how I use Google to speed up that search.
Go to Google and enter the search terms. Here’s mine (I didn’t use the speech marks): “
Now, how to make Google look just on the Council site and not all over the net: add a “site” qualifier: “
My search now looks like this: “
dog exercise site:wellington.govt.nz“.
And you know what? It works — the first two results link to exactly the information I need.
Written for and reproduced from CommunityNet Aotearoa Panui, March 2003. It has been rewritten for use here.