Last week I was talking with someone who wanted to search for something on my blog. He was telling me that the search feature here sucks, and I said, “Yeah, but you can just google the site.”
He said, “What do you mean?”
So I explained. I thought maybe he was just cluefree, but when I asked a couple of other people whether they knew this, they didn’t. I guess it’s a secret.
So, here’s the secret:
If you want to search a site that either has a lousy search function or none at all, you can use Google.
- Go to the Google homepage.
- Type in site:[name of site] [keywords] For example, if you wanted to search for mentions of Glenbeulah on this site, you’d type in site:cluewagon.com Glenbeulah.
Behold! Google has search the site you specified. This won’t work on a big database site like Ancestry, but it works on blogs and static pages just fine.
If you already knew this, you get a gold star. If you didn’t, try it. I almost never use a site’s native search box, because I prefer the consistent results of doing it this way.
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