No More Google

Concerned about Privacy and Online Tracking by the Big Boys on the Internet such as Facebook, Google, Gmail and so on?

Admittedly I also use Google quite often out of sheer convenience but There are a few Alternatives out there.
Instead of using Google Maps for Websites (which do not work anymore anyway UNLESS you provide a Billing Account) you can use these Google Maps Alternatives.

Instead of using Google Chrome you can use these Alternatives.

Instead of using Google Search (which apparently tracks your Searches UNLESS you open a Private Window) you can use these Google Search Alternatives.

Instead of using Google Translate why not try one of these Alternatives which will work same or even better WITHOUT tracking you.

Instead of using Google Passwords you can try one of these Password Creation Alternatives.

Instead of using Google Analytics (a growing number of people are nervous about being tracked and giving the big G too much Info) you can try one of these Alternatives to Google Analytics.

Google Mail (Gmail). Does your email gets from A to B i.e. from you to your destination or does it get from A via G to B i.e. stored or intercepted somewhere BEFORE it gets delivered?? Instead of Gmail etc you can try these privacy minded email programs.

Google Maps Alternatives.

Do you know of any other Program which should be listed here? Please send me details and if suitable I will gladly add it.

Advanced Google Search Tips

google advanced search parameters

Don’t just google it.

Google Search can be utilized for SO MUCH More. Here are some Tips on how to do some advanced Google Searches.

It’s easy to take the common Google search for granted, but if you really think about it, you might appreciate it for what it truly is: crazy superhero magic.

Just by typing a few words, a single person can achieve near-instantaneous access to all of the world’s collected information. Want to know the capital of Moldova? (It’s Chisinau.) Who played the mean judge in Ghostbusters II? (Character actor Harris Yulin.) How long does it take Neptune to orbit the Sun? (164.79 Earth years!) The Answers are there , you just have to formulate the Question correctly.

As long as you have a connected device, you have the power to know just about everything thanks to Google. There are, of course, other capable search engines out there, but only one service is a widely accepted verb.

After two decades of refinement behind it, Google search has evolved into a complex and beautifully versatile technology. (And one that always works. Have you seen Google.com go down? That’s no easy accomplishment for the world’s most popular website.)

While you probably use it just about every day, there may still be a lot you don’t know about the old dependable Google search. If you have ever struggled to get the results you want, here are some tips you can follow to improve your Googling abilities.
Google Advanced Search

Use Google Search Modifiers

Google’s search algorithm is remarkably adept at returning the information you are looking for—even when you aren’t exactly sure yourself. But for those times when you know precisely what you need, you can refine your search results utilizing some basic modifiers. Here’s a short list of ones you should know:
Use “|” or “OR” to combine searches: You can use this modifier for when you want to get two separate, but related bits of information. Google usually ignores capitalization, however in this case, you need to use an all-cap’d “OR.” Google will return different results for capital city Tennessee or Spain than it does for capital city Tennessee OR Spain.

Exclude terms with “NOT” or a minus (-) symbol: Want to exclude certain terms from your search results? Use the logic operator NOT or the minus symbol to exclude all the terms you don’t want, i.e. best apps -android for results that omit roundups of top Android apps.

Use quotations to search for the exact order: Searching “Danny Devito hair” will only bring back results that include all those words, in that order. However a search for Danny Devito Hair (without quotations) will bring back a different set of results, which have all those words, but not necessarily in the order you searched for.

Use Google Search Qualifiers

Use Google Search Qualifiers

Google search also supports a variety of search qualifiers that will help to further filter your results. Here are a few good ones to know:

Search inside a single website: If you want results from within only one site, use site: followed directly by the site URL you wish to use. You must include the site’s domain, i.e. Google Photos tips site:manfredk.com and not Google Photos tips site:manfredk.com.

Search titles only: Use the search intitle: to look for words in the webpage title. For example grasshoppers intitle:gross will only return sites about grasshoppers that have “gross” in the title. Conversely, allintitle: will only return links with multiple words in the title, i.e. allintitle: cow meat yummy.

Search URLs only: Similar to the intitle: function, you can search only in the URL using inurl: or allinurl:.

Search text only: intext: or allintext: allows you to only search in the text of a site, as opposed to the title and URL, which the search algorithm usually takes into consideration.

You can use these terms in conjunction with each other or with the previously mentioned modifiers. Remember, the text you are searching for must follow directly after the colon with no spaces between them.

For a comprehensive set of search modifiers and qualifiers, you can check out this handy guide.

Search Google and set Time Restraint

Set Google Search Result Time Restraints

Looking for only the latest news about a subject or trying to find information relevant to a specific time frame? Use Google’s search tools on desktop and mobile to filter your search results. After you conduct a search, click “Tools” or “Search Tools,” depending on the interface, on the top right. Click “Any time” and the drop-down menu will let you narrow results to hours, weeks, and months, or even set a custom date range.

Perform an Advanced Image Search with Google

Perform an Advanced Google Image Search

You can use many of the aforementioned search refiners in Google image searches. However, you can get even more in-depth image searches by clicking over to Google’s advanced image search page, which allows you to search by image size, region, file type, and even for specific colors.

Perform a Reverse Image Search

Google supports “backward” image searches on most browsers. This function allows you to upload an image file and find information on that image. For example, if you uploaded a picture of the Eiffel Tower, Google (probably) has the ability to recognize it and give you information on the Eiffel Tower. Pretty cool. (And it works with faces, too).

In addition, a backward search can direct you to websites where the particular image appears, identify a work of art, or even show you images that are “visually similar.”

Just go to Google image search and click the little camera icon in the search bar. Here, you can upload an image (or enter an image’s URL) that you’d like to search. You can also simply drag and drop the image into the image search bar. And updated versions of the Chrome, Firefox, and Edge browsers will allow you to drag an image file directly into the search bar.

Do Math in Your Google Search Box

Whether you want to figure out a tip on a meal, or create a complex geographical rendering, Google search has you covered.

You can do basic calculations directly in the search bar. For example, searching 34+7 will prompt a calculator below the bar with the correct answer already filled in.

Conversely, you can also ask Google to solve math questions in regular language. For example, searching what is 3 times 7 will prompt the calculator and the correct answer. You can also ask things like what is 20% of € 67.42 and receive an answer (€ 13.50). You can even leave out the “what is” altogether.

And if you are a super math nerd, you can create interactive 3D virtual objects (on desktop browsers that support WebGL) just by plugging in an equation that uses “x” and “y” as free variables. Or, if you are like me and have long forgotten your high school geometry, you can just plug in different numbers along with some cos(x)s, sin(y)s, and tan(x)s and see what renders. It’s a lot of fun! For like four minutes.

If these more advanced math functions are actually something you can use for your everyday activities, Google has a much more in-depth mathlete-level explainer here.

Use Google Search as a Converter

Google will help you convert just about anything. Just try entering the basic information and hit enter. For simple conversions, say 38 Celsius in Fahrenheit, Google will not only tell you an answer (100.4, in this case), it will also provide an interactive conversion calculator for further converting.

After playing with this function, I found that Google will supply the answer for some pretty zany conversions, say 17.5 millimeters in light years (for the record, it’s 1.849751e-18 light years), and will still give you the interactive calculator.

Additionally, you can find up-to-date-ish currency conversion rates with just a few keystrokes (this function will also usually prompt an interactive calculator). The cool thing about this function is you don’t even need to know the official currency symbol ($, €, etc.) or ISO designator (i.e. USD for the U.S. dollar or GBP for the British pound)—Google’s algorithm is able to discern sentence-style queries. For example, a search for 38 dollars in Iceland returns the answer that (as of Sept. 25, 2018) $38 was equal to 4,200.14 Icelandic króna.

We should note that when converting currency, Google has a disclaimer stating that it cannot guarantee the up-to-date accuracy of its exchange rates. So, while this function may be useful when budgeting for your next overseas adventure, perhaps you shouldn’t rely on it as a go-to tool for all your international currency trading.

Search for related websites in google

Search for Related Websites in Google

We all have favorite websites that we like to frequent, but sometimes change is a good thing. If you’re looking for ideas on where to go next, Google has you covered. Just use the related: qualifier to show related results. This can be used with any word or phrase, but it works best if used with a website. Searching related:amazon.com brings up results including Walmart and Overstock. Searching related:google.com shows Yahoo and Bing.

Use Google to define Words

Define Words in Google Search

You can ask Google search to define unfamiliar words (or two-word phrases) using either the define: or definition: qualifier. This will prompt Google to return a card with the definition, pronunciation, and—when available—a detailed etymology.

Track Packages with Google

Track Packages in Google Search

You can track (most) packages in your search bar. Just paste it into search and Google will automatically recognize it and provide a link to the tracking page.

Search File Types in Google

You can also filter your search results by file types using the qualifier filetype:. So, if you wanted to find downloadable PDFs featuring llamas, you could search llama filetype:pdf. If you wanted to find downloadable Microsoft Word docs prominently featuring our llama friends, you’d search llama filetype:doc. You can find a comprehensive list of (occasionally obscure) searchable file types here.

Google Search With Placeholders

Did you ever try to think of a song lyric or famous movie quote, but couldn’t remember all of it? Well, Google has you covered. Just type as much of the phrase as you can remember, but place an asterisk (*) with a space on either side and Google will usually be able to fill in the rest (i.e. Frankly my * I don’t give a damn, I like * * and I cannot lie, or what is the airspeed * of an unladen swallow?)

Google Voice Search

To search by voice in your desktop browser, just click that little microphone in the search box. This feature works much better on mobile devices, where the “OK, Google” trigger is more intuitive. This function is only supported in the Chrome browser at this time.

Search for the Time

Type “time” into your desktop browser, and it will return a card with the up-to-date local time based on your IP address. More useful is the fact that Google also has the chops to provide the local time anywhere in the world by just searching time [any location], which could be the name of a country, city or (if it’s in the US) a ZIP code.

Search for Sunrise and Sunset

Want to know when the sun will rise or set in your neck of the woods? Just search “sunrise” or “sunset.” You can also search for the sunrise/set times in other locations, as well.

Search for the Weather

Simpler than simple, if you search “weather,” Google will present an interactive card with weather information courtesy of The Weather Channel. By default, a search for “weather” will prompt an info card for the location of your IP address.

However, you can also search weather [any location] and you can find the weather report for just about anywhere in the world, e.g. weather Toledo, OH or weather Kabul Afghanistan.

Real-Time Stock Quotes

Just type in any publicly traded company’s ticker symbol and Google will present real-time price information on that company, e.g. “GOOG” (for Alphabet), “AAPL” (for Apple), or “AMZN” (for Amazon). Most of the larger exchanges are in real time, though Google offers a comprehensive disclaimer for which exchanges are on a delay.

Check Flight Times

google search for flight times
Here’s a handy little tip. If you just type in a flight number, Google will return a card with updated flight times as well as terminal/gate information. If you’re looking to book your next flight, Google can also help. Check out Google Flights to find the cheapest flights online.

Find Local Attractions

If you travel for a living, you may occasionally find yourself in the middle of a strange city and not know what to do with yourself. If you’re the tourist-y type, Google has you covered. Just search [city name] attractions to prompt an info card with local attractions and relevant images. Click “More things to do” to open a map of the area with attractions marked on the map.

Listen to Podcast Episodes on Android

If you search for a podcast on an Android device, you’ll be able to listen to that episode right from your mobile browser. Great feature. I guess Google wants to pimp Android as much as possible, but there doesn’t seem to be a good reason why this feature isn’t available on desktop or iOS as well. People listen to podcasts throughout their day. Seems like a killer feature I’d like to have.

Save Images in Google Search for Later

In recent years, Google has introduced a Pinterest-like feature that gives users the power to save images in a central location to view later. Just click on any image in image search and tap the bookmark icon (). You can even add “tags” later to keep your images.

This feature works on desktop and mobile (via Chrome) and saves will sync across devices. To access saved images, click “View saved” on the top-right of Google image search results. On mobile, a floating “View saved” option will appear on the bottom right.

Flip a Coin

Need to make a decision, but don’t have a coin available to you? Google can help you out. Just search “flip a coin” and Google will give you a card with a flippable coin.

Google Search Easter Eggs

As we’ve detailed in the past, Google’s engineers apparently have a lot of extra time on their hands with which to implement all manner of Easter eggs and April Fool’s pranks. And why should Google’s main raison d’etre be left out of the fun? Here are just a few cool Easter Eggs you can uncover through search.

  • “askew” or “tilt” will tilt your screen; “unaskew” or “untilt” will set it upright again (or just reload the page)
  • “Atari breakout” and then clicking on “images” will begin a game of Breakout
  • “Festivus” adds a Festivus pole to the left side of the screen
  • “do a barrel roll” or “z or r twice” will cause the screen to do a 360
  • “Google in 1998” will make the page appear as Google did in 1998
  • “zerg rush” will cause a bunch of Google Os to attack the screen, which you can fight off by clicking on them.

Google Map does not work anymore?

Google Map Api Price Rise

Google Maps has introduced Billing

Do you have a Google Map on your Website to let your Customers know your Location?
Without a billing account the maps do not show anymore.
Under a certain amount of Views of the Map it is still free but Google insists now a Billing Account must be in place even though they might not charge you because you do not have many views.

If you’re using Google Maps as part of your web presence, whether that’s by embedding maps on your website or by building them into mobile applications, then you’re probably already aware that some or all are not correctly displaying anymore.
That’s because Google has recently announced the launch of its new Google Maps Platform, which “introduces changes to their products, pricing, and support to provide…greater flexibility, transparency, and control.” These changes will affect every individual and every company which is using Google Maps and its API to power functionality on their websites. That is why it’s so important to wrap your head around the changes and to understand what they mean for your business.

Google Maps Platform: What are the changes?

The changes to Google Maps kicked in on June 11th, 2018 and require users to create a valid API key for each of their web projects that use Google Maps to display data. You’ll also need to enable billing with a credit card in much the same way that you need to add your credit card details before you start running Google AdWords. Google says that by doing this, you’ll also be able to scale up and down more easily with less downtime and fewer performance issues on your website.

These new requirements mean that Google has stopped offering support for any requests that don’t include an API key. Now that these changes have taken place, calls to the Maps JavaScript API and Street View API return only poor quality maps with a watermark. Invalid requests to the Maps Static API, Directions API, Distance Matrix API, Geocoding API, Geolocation API, Places API, Roads API, and Time Zone API will all return an error.

For website owners, this means they’ll need to either redevelop their sites to use a rival service or create a billing account for Google Maps and an accompanying API key. They’ll also need to update the individual widgets on their website to ensure that they’re making all requests using their new API key.

Companies already complain

Of course, all of these changes mean that not everyone is happy. Web developers are having to call their clients up to ask for credit card details, companies are having to redesign their sites at the drop of a hat and Google itself is facing a backlash in the comments section of its blog. One user complained that “you can’t just take a service that’s been free for years and then start charging for it once everyone has committed to using it”.

The problem for Google is that 41% of internet users from across the globe use Google Maps, which means that making any type of change to the platform is automatically controversial. But with so many queries being made through Google Maps and no real way for the company to monetize it in the same way that they monetize their search results, the company was forced to provide more and more resources for free. Until now, at least.

These changes aren’t all bad, though. For example, Google has simplified eighteen different APIs into just three products: Maps, Routes, and Places. This will make it simpler for developers in the long run and also allow them to better structure their data and to ensure interoperability. These updates are deliberately designed to work immediately with no change required on the part of developers. Better still, some users will set aside from this issue.

Not all Google users will be affected

The new updates to the Google Maps API are designed with larger companies in mind, and users will be given access to $200 of free resources each month for Maps, Routes and Places. This will be enough for smaller sites and local businesses but will quickly be eaten up by larger companies who make more API requests through Google’s services.

These resources will only be provided after billing has been enabled and a valid payment method has been approved. It’s reminiscent of how Dropbox works in that a certain amount of resources will be provided for free and that you’ll only be charged if you go over them. If you’re hoping to rely on just the free resources, then you’ll need to consider how close you are to the resource limits. If you run out, then you’ll be charged automatically.

The truth is that everyone who uses the Maps API will be affected by the changes because they’ll need to generate an API key and enter their billing details. It’s just that not everyone will have to pay. It all hinges on how many resources you’re consuming.

Price change as a part of the major update

By now, you’re probably wondering what the new pricing structure looks like. The good news is that there’s plenty of resource usage allowed for free and that after this resource limit is reached, it switches over to your $200 of free resources. You’ll only be charged if and when you exceed both sets of resources.

Let’s take a look at what you can expect to pay.
Google Maps introduces Billing

Google Maps Pricing Chart
Originally published at zfort.com

Google Advanced Search

Google is a great tool to help you find what you are looking for, but knowing the ins and outs of using Google’s various search operators can help you use it to its full potential.
I have compiled a list of Google Advanced Search Operators, which are key phrases/symbols you can add to the search bar or the URL in a Google search to get more exact results.
Click through this handy guide to find out how you can get the most out of Google Search. The true power of this is when we mix and match these operators and modifiers to perform complex searches.
Google advanced search operators are the bread and butter of seasoned SEO specialists. Most digital marketers would be quite familiar with these and will not need a cheat sheet for most, but for anyone starting out these Google advanced search operators can prove to be quite tricky. This is why I have decided to maintain a Google Advanced Search Operator cheat sheet that you can bookmark for future reference. I hope to keep this list updated with the latest Google advanced search operator tips and tricks and also will be looking at standard Google search operators and URL Modifiers.
Search operators are split in to Symbols, Basic and Advance. They are used in the Google search field – where you type in your query while using Google. The URL modifiers are used in the URL field at the top of your browser to fine tune the search results.
For the Purpose of this Article and to demonstrate how they can be applied I will just use some Example Search Words but those can be replaced by ANY other Word or Words.
First off a List of Symbols which can be used (correct and updated at time of writing) but if you know of any others which have been added please let me know and I will glady add them.

Symbols

  • ” [Quotation marks]
    • When you put a word or phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as the ones inside the quotes. Say you search for king jacob twitter ( no quotes ) you get the results for Jacob King’s twitter account. If you put that in quotes “king jacob twitter” ( with quotes ) Google will look for those terms in the given order. You can use this operator when you’re looking for an exact word or phrase.
      It’s also useful to force Google to search for the keyword you provide and not auto correct your query “colorhunt” vs “colourhunt” (with a U)
  • _ [Underscore]
    • This is a tricky one because it does not work in traditional search but is an awesome little operator to gather keyword ideas in Google auto-suggest. Just drop the _ between two keywords and Google will give you a few suggested filler keywords that they think are important from a search user’s point of view. You obviously want to be in Incognito mode for this.
  • * [Asterisk]
    • Asterisk can be used as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. This is a great operator when you are not sure of a certain part of the query.
      e.g. a * in need is a friend *
  • – [Minus]
    • When you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes sites with that info from your results. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.
      e.g. jaguar speed -car vs jaguar speed
  • | [Pipe operator]
    • The pipe operator functions with the same logic as an OR operator – you can just as easily use the word “OR” instead of the pipe operator, provided it’s in CAPS. This means that Google will look for either the first word or the second word or both.e.g. kylo ren vs kylo | ren. You will see that when you search for “kylo | ren” a brand called Renskincare comes up because it matches the OR query for Ren.
  • .. [Range operator]
    • You can put 2 periods between the numbers, with no space and add a unit of measure to specify a range e.g. 20..80 years old will give you results which specifies numbers between 20 and 80. Another use for this is to add .. as a suffix and Google will give you results greater than the number e.g. 20.. years old gives results where numbers greater than 20 are mentioned.

Basic Operators

  • OR
    • This is the same as the pipe operator “|” mentioned above.e.g. kylo ren vs kylo OR ren. You will see that when you search for “kylo OR ren” a brand called Renskincare comes up because it matches the OR query for Ren.
  • filetype:
    • Restricts the search results by file type extension — it’s great when you only want to look for images, PPT, etc.e.g. TED talk filetype:ppt for powerpoints, or TED talk filetype:doc if you’re looking for word documents instead.
  • site:
    • Restricts the search results to a specific top level domain or standard domain – it’s for when you want to get results from a specific site or only from .gov sites etc.e.g. healthcare site:.gov for results from only .gov TLD and for site specific search you would use something like this review link site:supple.com.au
  • related:
    • This is the operator you use to find other sites that are similar to the one you provide. It’s great when you want to figure out who your organic competitors are. Others use this feature to discover other possible sources that could link to you by providing a site that links to your content. Please note that you can use domain or URI as the parameter for this but NOT keywords.
      e.g. These folks are my organic competition related:saijogeorge.com. NOTE: DON’T add a space after the :, if you do Google will just do a keyword search. e.g. related: saijogeorge.com
  • cache:
    • You can see what a page looked like the last time Google visited the page, here is how BBC looked the last time Google visited them cache:bbc.com

Advanced Operators

  • allintext: / intext:
    • Limits the search results to content that has the query terms you specify in the text on the page. allintext: should be used at the start of the query and will only return results that include all the included keywords. intext: can be used anywhere in the query and will only include the term immediately following the :.Using allintext: hacker news ycombinator looks for results with all three words in the on-page text content. You can use hacker news intext:ycombinator to get results with ycombinator in the text and hacker or news appearing anywhere on the page.
  • allintitle: / intitle:
    • If you start your query with allintitle: Google only shows you results containing pages that use all the query terms you specify in the meta title. When we search for allintitle: Google Review Direct Link Generator Google looks for results with all these words in the meta title.
  • allinurl: / inurl:
    • With the allinurl: operator Google shows you results containing pages that use all the query terms you specify in the url. When we search for allinurl: Supple Google looks for results with supple in the url.
  • allinanchor: / inanchor:
    • allinanchor: returns results to those pages where all the keywords are used as anchor text. Let us consider this example : allinanchor: styleguides saijo returns the pages that are linked to using the words “styleguides” and “saijo”.
  • AROUND()
    • This operator allows you to specify keyword proximity by limiting the number of words that can appear between two keywords. The AROUND() operator MUST BE IN CAPS and the number sets the max distance between the two terms. Say you want to asses the relationship between two terms ( petrol and diesel ) with your main keyword ( car ) you could do something like this car AROUND(2) petrol and car AROUND(2) diesel
  • Difference between allin… and in…
    • — The allin…. operators should be used at the start of your query and can have a space after the :
      — The NON allin…. versions can be used multiple times in a query and the term should be included after the : with no space.
      — Something like allintitle: Saijo George is the same as intitle:Saijo intitle:George
      — allin…. operators can’t be used with any other operators.

URL Modifiers

  • Info about URL Modifiers
    • Unlike the search operators these are not something you can add to the Google search box but these modifiers should be added to the SERP (Search Engine Result Pages) URL.
  • &tbs=qdr:h – Results from past Hour
    • With this URL modifier Google will display the results from the past hour. To trigger this just add &tbs=qdr:h to the end of the SERP URL. You can also modify the parameter to show different time ranges as shown below— &tbs=qdr:s – Results from past sec, e.g. star wars&tbs=qdr:n – Results from past minute, e.g. star wars

      &tbs=qdr:h – Results from past hour, e.g. star wars

      &tbs=qdr:d – Results from past day, e.g. star wars

      &tbs=qdr:w – Results from past week, e.g. star wars

      &tbs=qdr:m – Results from past month, e.g. star wars

      &tbs=qdr:y – Results from past year, e.g. star wars

      Remember you can also specify the number at the end of these parameters to specify the time e.g. &tbs=qdr:s10 = results from last 10 seconds, &tbs=qdr:n10 = results from last 10 minutes, etc.

      You can also get the results from a specific date range e.g. results from 2015. Just use this parameter &tbs=cdr:1,cd_min:1/01/2015,cd_max:31/12/2015 ( swap out the start and end date as needed ).

  • &tbm=blg – Blog Search
  • &tbm=app – App Search
    • Use this modifier to bring up Google app search for your query. app search for puppy. App query can be further modified using these secondary parameters:— &tbs=app_price:free – To get free apps e.g. free puppy apps&tbs=app_price:paid – To get paid apps e.g. paid puppy apps

      &tbs=app_os:1 – To get android apps e.g. Android puppy apps

      &tbs=app_os:13 – To get iOS apps e.g. iOS puppy apps

      Some of these can be stacked together to fine-tune the results. e.g. To get free Android apps you can use both &tbs=app_os:1 and &tbs=app_price:free, eg free android puppy apps.

  • &tbm=vid – Video Search
    • Use this modifier to bring up Google video search for your query. video search for puppy. Video query can be further modified using these secondary parameters:Country operator only works if you use country specific Google domains, e.g. if you want to restrict the results the to only websites targeting Australian users you can add the URL modifier &cr=countryAU to a query on the Google.com.au domain. It will not work on .com, .co.uk or other Google domains.— Results from UK – Google.co.uk

      Results from India – Google.co.in

      Use this country specific video search URL generator, to create your custom search URL, we only list countries that support the &cr=country operator.

  • &tbm=pts – Patent Search
    • Use this modifier to bring up Google patent search for your query. patent search for mobile. Patent query can be further modified using these secondary parameters:Country operator only works if you use country specific Google domains, e.g. if you want to restrict the results to only websites targeting Cypriot users you can add the URL modifier &cr=countryCY to a query on the Google.com.cy domain. It will not work on .com, .co.uk or other Google domains.— Results from UK – Google.co.uk

      Results from India – Google.co.in

      Use this country specific video search URL generator, to create your custom search URL, we only list countries that support the &cr=country operator.

  • &tbm=shop – Shopping Search
    • Use this modifier to bring up Google shopping results for your query e.g. shopping search for mobile. Shopping query can be further modified using these secondary parameters:&tbs=local_avail:1 – limits results to locally available products&tbs=new:1 – limits results to new items

      &tbs=brand:nokia – limits results to products from nokia, you can obviously replace the name of the brand with other brand names. &tbs=brand:nokia try replacing nokia with lg, samsung, etc.

      You can also get shopping results between specific price ranges e.g. mobile phone between $50 – $170. Just use this parameter &tbs=price:1,ppr_min:50,ppr_max:170 ( swap out the min and max price as needed ).

  • &tbs=li:1 – Verbatim
    • With this URL modifier Google will use the literal words you entered without making normal improvements such as automatic spelling corrections, looking for synonyms , etc. To trigger this just add &tbs=li:1 to the end of the SERP(Search Engine Result Pages) URL. Here is a standard search for beogle puppy where google auto-corrects your query and a verbatim search for beogle puppy
  • &cr=countryCY – Results from Cypriot Websites
    • This operator only works if you use country specific Google domains, e.g. if you want to restrict the results to only websites targeting Cypriot users you can add the URL modifier &cr=countryCY to a query on the Google.com.cy domain. It will not work on .com, .co.uk or other Google domains.— Results from UK – Google.co.ukResults from India – Google.co.in

      Use this country specific video search URL generator, to create your custom search URL, we only list countries that support the &cr=country operator.

  • &pws=0 – Disable personalized Results
    • Finding a lot of personalized results in the SERP? Look out for things like You’ve visited this page x times. OR results from G+ etc. Slapping on &pws=0 at the end of the SERP URL should give you non personalized results.
  • &filter=0 – Disable filtering of Results
    • You might have noticed that at times you get a message saying something like this, In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the x already displayed.
      If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included.
      To get unfiltered result just add &filter=0 at the end of the SERP URL e.g. non filtered results.
  • &tbm=lcl – Bring up Local Finder
    • If you want to bring up the Local Finder for any local search just add the operator &tbm=lcl to the end of the URL.You may or may not get the regular result with the Snak Pak for certain queries eg: Credit Cards now to get the Local Finder for this result you add &tbm=lcl to the end of the URL : Credit Cards with Local Finder

      This URL modifier was suggested by Darren Shaw the founder of Whitespark, a company that builds software and provide services for local SEO.

Custom Templates

  • Identify Keyword Difficulty
    • When you want to identify how difficult a particular keyword is going to be, it’s a good idea to look at these three allintext:, allintitle: and allinanchor: operators. For example, , if you want to see how difficult it will be to rank for the term ‘œmelbourne plumbers’, you can perform these searches— allintext: – this will tell us how many pages have optimized their content with this keyword— allintitle: – this will tell us how many pages have optimized their title with this keyword

      allinanchor: – this will tell us how many pages have built links with this keyword

      SaijoGeorge is the SEO Strategy Director at Supple, an award winning digital agency from Melbourne, Australia. He co-organizes the Melbourne SEO Meetups and is always thinking about the next side project.

  • Looking for cat Gifs?
    • If you are looking for gifs Ria Blagburn has a handy tip. She often finds funny gifs using the image search modifier &tbm=isch with secondary modifiers for imzge size isz:m and type itp:animated. So this is the cat gif modifier you want to use.

      Ria Blagburn is a content and marketing specialist and helps startups refine their sales and marketing strategy as co-founder of GrowBeyond.

  • Discover Local Forums
    • Hardy uses a combination of site: and inurl: operator to find local forums about any given topic. Check out two of the sample query he uses one and two.

      Hardy is a SEO expert who helps SMB owners connect with experts and influencers so they can rapidly grow their business together.

  • Local Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Sponsoring a local meetups is a way to earn great links and maybe non-Google sources of customers. Phil likes to find local Meetup.com groups that don’t have sponsors with the site search operator. You can add intitle:keyword to the end if you want to find a specific type of meetup – e.g. intitle:photography or intitle:latino.. Check out the query here.

      Phil Rozek is an internationally recognized authority on local SEO and online reviews. Check out his blog.

  • Find dev/test/staging/backup sites
    • At times clients might have dev/test/staging/backup sites indexed by Google, Chris Burgess uses the minus operator and the site: operator to uncover this. This is also a good way to find content that is not on the main site. Check out the query here.

      Chris Burgess is a passionate technology consultant from Melbourne, Australia. He runs the SEO Melbourne meetup and is the WordPress Editor for SitePoint.

  • Recently published .edu Blog Posts
    • Vishnu tells me that he likes to combine advanced search operators and URL modifiers to find backlink opportunities that might otherwise go unnoticed. An example would be to find .edu blog posts about marketing resources from the last year. He used blog search modifier &tbm=blg with secondary modifiers for fetching blog posts tbas=0 then threw in the site: operator and time filter to limit the results to .edu posts published in 2015. Check out the query here.

      Vishnu is an all-round internet marketing specialist with over 7 years of specialisation in SEO and SEM.

  • Discover local marketing experts
    • Alistair uses advance search operators to find local experts who present at meetups and other events. He uses the filetype operator filetype:ppt and the site: operator to restrict the result to .au domains. Check out the query here.

      Alistair is a digital content writer, specializing in copywriting and search engine optimization. He’s currently completing a BFA in Screenwriting.

  • Find where influencers are active
    • Nick uses the &tbs=qdr:w and inurl:operators to find which network his target influencers are most active on. Here is a sample query.

      Nick is a marketing expert at Supple. He is always analyzing marketing reports or investigating emerging trends in digital marketing.

  • Find specific Content on specific Sites
    • If you are trying to place a piece of content, like an infographic or a chart, John-Henry Scherck has an advanced query to find similar articles from a list of sites you want to get placed on. This allows you to quickly find authors who have published similar content. So, if we wanted to get an infographic about sales on Business Insider, Forbes, Inc, Fast Company or Huffington Post, try using this advanced query. He uses a combination of (, AND, OR, site: operators to get this info.
  • Discover new Content by Competitors
    • Ajit often likes to keep a close eye on the competition and what they are doing, using an advanced search to look for new pages on the target domain by excluding the blog content to find new landing pages launched by them. He uses a combination of the -, inurl: and site: operators, this is the query he uses.

      Ajit is an online marketing professional with well over 7 years of experience in on-page and off-page SEO.

  • Discover Indexation Issues
    • You can use multiples of the same sort of variants to verify if different versions of your site are being indexed or not. For example, sites with a mobile subdomain, or both www and non-www versions of the site resolve, you might need to check indexation on each of these using the familiar inurl operator, or negatives/combinations of negatives like this: sample query

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Google Search Cheat Sheet

I increased Search Engine Visibility by …%

Search Engines are a way of life and your ability to be viewed will impact your business and sales. So how can you improve your ranking and better compete with the competition? Here are 10 easy ways to improve your site’s visibility and make an immediate impact:

Action 1: Search Engine Verification

First, you need to see if your site is properly interacting with Google, Yahoo and Bing by verifying your site and sitemaps and monitor statistics. Register with Google Webmaster Tools, create an account and upload code to your server for Google to spider. Then create a XML sitemap for all your pages and upload it to your Webmaster Tools account. Then you will be able to monitor pages indexed by Google, indexing errors, what keywords are being found, quantity of incoming links, broken links and much more.Contact me if you need help with this.

Action 2: Identify Your Primary Keywords

It’s good to analyze your keywords and what your customers are actually using to search you. Create a list of all imaginable keywords, ask for additional ones from colleagues, family and friends. You should have a list of at least 50 keywords / phrases. Then run them through a keyword research tool like WordTracker or Google Keyword Tool and select the ones that generate the most number of searches per day.

Action 3: Keyword Rich Content

Now integrate them into your page content. Do not repeat the keywords more than 3 or 4 times on a page. Next, rewrite your page titles, tags and headings with the new keywords. When you create new pages, seed the keywords into your file names.

Action 4: Unique Title and Meta Tags

Variety is good, so do not have the same Meta tags on each page. Vary them per page with new and unique Title and Meta descriptors that mirrors the actual page content. Again, seed them with your new and improved keywords.

 

Action 5: Install and Monitor Analytics

Statistics are the proof of any website’s ability to perform. Install Google Analytics immediately! It’s free and it will provide you with stats on web traffic and great marketing information. You will be able to monitor how visitors are interacting with your site, what pages they visit most, time spent on site, etc. You can then adjust your site to improve its performance.

Action 6: Be Fresh

That doesn’t mean to be rude. New content keeps the search engines returning to your site. By adding fresh content, you are telling the search engine spiders and your customers that you have lots to offer and it is an active and vibrant site worth visiting. And remember to seed the content with those new and improved keywords.

Action 7: Check Internal Links

Linking will significantly affect your search results. Make sure you check all you internal linking so there is nothing broken. Also check how you are linking between your own site pages affects page rank. Again, keywords in link structure are important. Change “click here” to “read more about xyz widget”. Google recognizes the relevance of a keyword-rich link to the content on the linking page.

Action 8: Utilize the Social Media

Social Media will help promote your site and bring in active links / visitors. Start utilizing the social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Whenever you make a blog post, a product announcement, special promotion or publish a newsletter, cross-post your social network. You’ll get more traffic and more incoming links, and more search engine juice.

Action 9: Get Connected

External links are extremely important and will affect your site’s ranking on search engines. The more incoming links to your site the more valued by search engines. They view you as an authority site if you have garnered a significant number of external links. Of course these external links must be quality as well and not spam from link farms.

Action 10: Site Speed

Another critical factor to improve search engine visibility is making sure your site loads quickly, thereby improving its performance. Google can has tools such as Page Speed that can help you diagnose and fix speed issues. A slow loading site will definitely affect Page Rank and number of page views.Test your Speed AND Mobile Friendliness here

Timeline for Results

Continue to be active because your site is a living, breathing entity at least as the search world views it. Continue to work and improve your site by adding new content, monitor your site’s performance, and be willing to put the time into changing or adding to it. Use your webmaster tools and analytics programs regularly.

By following these 10 Action Steps you should see results in 2 months. Why not start today!

If you do not have the patience or technical know-how please contact me and I can assist or advise.

Website Maintenance Types

Website Maintenance including:

Monthly Specials

Add monthly specials to your website in a way that is easy for your customers to view, download or share with others.

Product Catalogue

Adding and removing products as old ones become obsolete and new ones become available. i also offer professional IMAGE OPTIMIZATION for you to keep and for future use.

Media Updates

Adding galleries, video or files to your website in a way that is easy for your customers to view, download or share with others.

Blog Posts

If you’re good at writing regular articles, but have difficulty adding it to the blog section of your WordPress website. We can help layout your blog posts better for maximum exposure.

WordPress Updates

Stop worrying about plugins being out of date, WordPress versions staying current or hackers taking your WordPress website offline. All of these great features are standard WordPress hosting perks.

Regular Updates

Need regular updates, SEO or additional website pages added to your website?
I can help with a few small changes, add custom graphics or a full new custom page layout.

Regular Website Maintenance is Important
  1. Keep Visitors interested
  2. Add new products, services, solutions or features
  3. Maintain your Google rankings
  4. Keep your website working well
  5. Keep up with changing technology
  6. Apply the latest Security Updates

Optimize for Google but also for Bing and Yahoo.

Admittedly, Google seems to be the most used Search Engines,but there are still some Users who prefer to use other Search Engines such as BING, YAHOO, DUCKDUCKGO or other less well known ones.

If you make a Search for your own Domain Name or Relevant Keyword to find your Site in those different Search Engines you will quickly see that your Position in each one will be different.

You might be Nr 1 on GOOGLE but only Nr 7 in YAHOO or Nr 10 in BING. Or you might be Nr 1 on BING but way down on the GOOGLE List.
I ran a short test with my own Website:

On other Search Engines and using other Search Words the Position might be and will be different.

Optimizing for Bing/Yahoo vs. Google

If you’ve decided that it’s time to focus a little more attention on optimizing for Yahoo and Bing, here’s a bit of good news – Yahoo search is powered by Bing, meaning you only end up optimizing for one extra search engine rather than two. Another helpful fact is that Bing and Google’s algorithms are similar in many ways.

For example, optimizing URLs and domain names for keywords and having a large number of high-quality, dofollow backlinks are equally important to Bing/Yahoo and Google.

However, that’s pretty much where the similarities between the two search engines end. As far as the differences, here are the main ones to worry about:

Website Type

While Google focuses on newer, commercial, or popular websites in its results, Bing tends to favor older websites with more official domain names such as .edu or .gov. What does all this mean? It means that Google is quick to offer up socially relevant sites whereas Bing is more likely to provide factually relevant information.

Flash Media

While Google has a hard time figuring out what to do about Flash media, Bing does a great job of indexing it, and offers extra credit for sites that use it.

Local

Local searches on Bing and Google will often have much different results, with Google’s often swaying in favor of larger, more established companies and Bing being more likely to show small businesses. Why? Because when you search for local businesses on Bing, it assumes that you want the most proximal, which isn’t always the big box store in town. Google, however, gives you the most credible, which often is the larger business.

Social

One of the things that sets Bing apart from Google the most is its approach to search by integrating social media. When searching on Bing, if a Facebook friend has recommended or rated the company or product mentioned in the search, the user can see it right away. Google hasn’t quite been able to integrate social media into their searches as well as Bing.

On-Page SEO

Google is much smarter than Bing when it comes to keywords. While Google is far more intuitive about the context of a page, Bing still relies heavily on keywords in page titles, meta tags, and on the page, which means that straightforward, specific keywords are the way to go for Bing SEO.

The Real Reason to Optimize for Bing and Yahoo

If you work with SEO, you know that the most important thing to optimize for isn’t Google, and it’s not Bing or Yahoo either – it’s the visitor. Ranking on the first page of any site is great, but if your site visitors aren’t interested in your website once you’ve drawn them there, then all your hard work was for nothing.

Once you’ve created a great, user-friendly website, you absolutely must optimize it for Google, Bing, and Yahoo so that your potential customers are given the opportunity to discover what you’ve created.
If you do not have the technical know-how nor the time or patience to optimize your Website I can help for a once off low Fee.Please contact me with your Project.

Is your Website Mobile Friendly?

Test here if your Website is Mobile Friendly. This Tool is provided by GOOGLE.
Google recently announced that it will rank websites by mobile friendly criteria.
If your Site is Mobile Friendly it will help in Search Engine Results, if not Mobile Friendly the Ranking will be lower. (according to Google)

Google Gives Mobile-Friendly Sites a Boost in Search Ranking.
As more and more users view websites on mobile devices, Google wants to make it easier to find relevant, mobile-optimized websites. To this end, Google will now use mobile-friendliness as a factor in ranking search results.

To make your website mobile-friendly, Google suggests taking the following steps:

  1. Visit Google’s guide to mobile-friendly sites. This page offers several ways to make your site more mobile-friendly, such as by using software or a third-party developer.
  2. Take Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test(top of this Page) to see how optimized your website is for mobile viewing. You can test a single page on your site or several webpages and see exactly how Google’s own Googlebot views the pages when determining search results.
  3. Use Webmaster Tools to generate a Mobile Usability Report, which helps identify any issues with your website when viewed on a mobile device.

In some Cases it is easy to convert your Site to Mobile Friendly. Contact me if you need some help.

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