Google Tip - Narrow search to a single site

I often am looking for particular information on a website. Rather than spend time navigating through the site. I let Google find what I need for me. This is easily accomplised with the Google site command.

The site command let’s you limit your search to a particular URL. For example, recently I found my self needing to contact Verizon. Rather than even going to their website, my first stop was Google.

Typing in the line site:verizon.com Pennsylvania contact phone number in the Google search window and view your results.

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You should see a few contact pages on the first search result page. About half way down the page is a link to Residential contact numbers.

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Another use of site is to see which pages are indexed by Google. Using the same website as before, change the search line to read site:verizon.com * and click Google Search. What should come back is a list of all the pages that Google has crawled. If you run a website and want to see if Google has hit your site, this is an easy way to do it.

As you can see, site is a useful feature which if used properly will save you time when hunting for information on the Internet.

[tags]Google, Productivity, Search[/tags]