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Updated on September 24, 2011

My friend Joshua Nestor now has a review on Google Search web site. I don't know what keeps him dedicated to that monster-in-the-making which soon will resemble Microsoft - if not already - but this is how he is, and he keeps producing some nice reviews, and I keep publishing them :)

Google is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web. It is owned by Google, Inc., and has been in existence since 1997. It is Stanford University's official search engine. Some estimates are that more than one hundred million people submit queries to Google each day. It is one of the top ten visited web sites each day!

How is Google different from other search engines? Simply summarized, the algorithm uses a system called "PageRank," patented by Google. When you submit a search to Google, PageRank calculates a weighted sum in ranking the web pages that potentially match the terms, correlating with their importance. Google has described PageRank as follows: "PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page's value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves ‘important' weigh more heavily and help to make other pages ‘important.'" Google also employs other unknown criteria for ranking web pages on its results lists, in addition to PageRank. Such criteria are kept secret.

Results returned by Google include web pages, and a vast variety of other files, including Word documents, PDF files, videos (i.e. YouTube), Shockwave Flash files (flash SWF), plain text files, Excel spreadsheets, etc. Google converts these files to (X)HTML which enables the viewer to read the file, even if they do not have the software application installed on their computer.

Compared to Yahoo! and Msn.com and Ask.com, the results returned by Google are considered to be better in that Google is a superior search engine in determining if a link is a natural citation or not. Google filters out pages with duplicate content, and it looks for natural link growth over time. Msn.com may give you results with a heavy bias towards commercial web sites and high traffic recent links. Yahoo! also tends to produce results that are commercial in nature, and has a lot of internal links and a paid inclusion program, which does not always lend the best quality web pages for your queries.

Google is intuitively easy to use, which is probably part of the reason why it is the most popular search engine. For example, if you misspell a word in your search terms, Google will provide results for the correctly spelled term (and ask you if you misspelled it). In addition Google can be used as a calculator, currency converter, and a dictionary. In short, if you have a question, Google can get you an answer!

There are a number of ways that you can harness this power to help you run Internet searches. The most commonly used is launched from www.google.com, at which a visitor can enter terms on a particular subject in the space provided. You can either click on "Google search," or "I'm feeling lucky." With the first option, you may get thousands of results for the query. However, with the second option, you will get only the first result page.

But don't stop there. Many people may not notice the small print to the right of the long rectangular box with the cursor just waiting for you to put in your terms. Click on "Advanced Search" to narrow your results significantly from number of web pages returned to specifying exact terms, wording or phrases, rejecting unwanted words, specifying desired languages, file type, and even stating in which site or domain you wish Google to look for results.

Also to the right of the search box is the "Search Preference" icon. Click on this to let Google know in which languages the pages returned should be. You can also specify how many results per page (default is 10, but you can request up to 100 per page).

The "Language Tools" icon is fascinating! Type in a phrase in your own language to find web pages in other languages - specify the translation desired (i.e. English to Spanish). You can also copy and paste a foreign URL and it will be translated for you, provided you request the specific language translation. A list of all Google sites in local countries' domains is also provided. Users can run images searches from images.google.com. Just enter the topic on which you wish to search, and you will get results based on your request. There are Advanced Image Search and Preferences options for this search tool, as well. These options are similar to those discussed above, with the notable exception that with the Advanced Image Search, you can specify size and coloration of images.

Beyond the ordinary uses of the Google tools, users can create a Custom Search Engine, provided you have a Google Account. With this option, you can look through one specific web site, multiple sites, or even specific web pages. You will be able to host the search box and post results on your own web site, as well. This option can benefit your business, non-profit organization, or even your blog! You can also use the "SafeSearch" filtering technology, through the customizing feature.

Another helpful feature for busy people is www.google.com/searchhistory that can be accessed with a Google Account. Log on and review the pages that you visited recently, including Google searches, web pages, images, and videos. You can remove items from your web history, if you wish. It should be noted that Google has been criticized for placing cookies on user's computers to store preferences, and past searches. This enables the company to track search terms; data is retained for up to one year.

There are so many options through the search engines provided by Google for users to find both general and very specific information and images. Explore the various options and see what works best for you or your organization. Definitely consider signing up for a Google Account to maximize the options available. Run a few sample searches and see what works best, or if you need additional assistance. Google is definitely there to help, and has a great deal of resources to see that you find the information you are seeking!

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      John 5 years ago

      How would I get google to be my search engine

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      Truthinaging 5 years ago

      thank you so much for the information! I find it fascinating that google controls about 70% of the search engine market

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Google is the cream of the crop. A great search engine indeed. I remember the days when I was in university. Google paid students $5 to promote their search engine. I enjoyed using google back then. I thought the best thing was the $5 I received for lunch money. I wish I asked these guys to hire me in their promotion team. A missed opportunity perhaps. Lol. Thanks for sharing this awesome hub.

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      Career-Guide 5 years ago from Mars

      Great tips and facts,

      Google ranks pages by counting number of back link related keywords beside this it also consider the your RSS Feed listing, topic area and comment RSS

      Pages rank also depending upon the traffic that a site generates regularly, it is because when the click ratio increases to impression search bot consider it more relevant to other crawl with related content.

      A relevant content all depending upon you site's HTML Installation because here Meta Tag and Robot.Txt resides and they route the pages on search engines.

      But for few exceptional sites, I have to say it is so weird to know how it ranks them on TOP

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      myi4u 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I never really understand how Google PageRank works in practical. Well, I know how it works in theory though. A couple of years ago, I was actively building up backlinks and I saw some light at the end of the tunnel when my blog's PageRank turned 1. A couple of weeks later, it became 0 again. From then on, I never really bother about PageRank until now.

      I have done nothing at all to do anything that might improve my blog's PageRank (except creating posts every now and then) and it is now sitting nicely at PageRank 2 for months already.

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      romeo xolidis 6 years ago

      great blog... really nice info and good suggestion of books!

      thanks!

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      vijaymahajan 6 years ago

      google have good performence in our area

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      phonecards 6 years ago

      Anything you want to know, just google it and you will most likely find the answer. Well at least that is true for basicquestions you may have. But I can't help but think that when you are searching for information more specialized, there are a large quanity of pages with nothing more than ads appearing high in the search results. No real content, no info to answer your questions. Just links [no doubt revenue generating for the page owner] to other sites that just may deliver the answer. Yahoo is not much better of course. However, Bing.com at the moment does seem to be a little better in this area.

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      lou lou 6 years ago

      I LUV google !!!!!!! :)

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      tesleem20 6 years ago

      t know what keeps him dedicated to that monster-in-the-making which soon will resemble Microsoft - if not already - but this is how he is, and he keeps producing some nice reviews, and I keep publishing them :)

      Google is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web. It is owned by Google, Inc., and has been in existence since 1997. It is Stanford University's offic

      Aya, yes, I said that. Pagerank is not an indicator of anything really. It is supposed to measure the amount of "link love" your page receives, and even here it sometimes fails miserably as my example demonstrated. It's a smoke screen, sort of. People just have to have something absolutely dumb to believe in.

      I can give you an analogy from another area - not sure it will ring any bell for you though, but I will try. The elasticity of a car engine mostly is determined by its displacement. The bigger the displacement, the more forgiving and pulling the engine is.

      Yet in America you guys judge car engines by the number of cylinders. The more the merrier. Granted, on average higher displacement engines have more cylinders - but the number of cylinders does not de

      Aya, yes, I said that. Pagerank is not an indicator of anything really. It is supposed to measure the amount of "link love" your page receives, and even here it sometimes fails miserably as my example demonstrated. It's a smoke screen, sort of. People just have to have something absolutely dumb to believe in.

      I can give you an analogy from another area - not sure it will ring any bell for you though, but I will try. The elasticity of a car engine mostly is determined by its displacement. The bigger the displacement, the more forgiving and pulling the engine is.

      Yet in America you guys judge car engines by the number of cylinders. The more the merrier. Granted, on average higher displacement engines have more cylinders - but the number of cylinders does not de

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      viatusinfotech 6 years ago

      I admit Google is No.1 search engine of the internet world. I always take help of Google to get any more information about latest news. I'm glad that Google Global will be useful to so many.

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      SEO reviews 7 years ago

      Google = www's God ! in my opinion there wasn't born Google rival (yet) ! Everything they do, it's done super functional and useful. If we could draw a parallel between Google and Apple with it's iEverything - they do things to look superb and feel nice... So what would be better than Google, maybe a combination between this 2

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      not gonna argue

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      Info Bucket 7 years ago from Kerala, India

      no one can beat google in its platform

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      Not that i would argue :)

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      Dangazzm 7 years ago

      They succeed because they deliver relevant content for sure. Like someone above said they don't usually display content in different languages because they know what language you are searching for and what language the page is in. It is small things that this that make it complicated in the back end but simple for the user. Which of course the users love.

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      If you use Firefox, try SEOQuake plugin.

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      Marliza Gunter 7 years ago from South Africa

      Is there anyway to do a google search and display each page's pr next to it?

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      Yeah sure, thanks for coming :)

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I think the Advance Search Options of Google is one of the best things about Google. It never fails to amaze me everytime I use it.

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      nikitha p 7 years ago from India

      Very informative

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      There is a correlation between the number - and quality - of backlinks and pagerank in most cases. There is not a cause and effect relationship between pagerank of a particular page and its place in google rankings for a particular keyword. :)

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Misha, so there is no direct correlation between number of links and page rank? What else goes into calculating page rank, then? Or is that part of the Google proprietary information that we're not supposed to know about?

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      FYS, whenever my muse arrives, I'll ask her :)

      Aya, yes, I said that. Pagerank is not an indicator of anything really. It is supposed to measure the amount of "link love" your page receives, and even here it sometimes fails miserably as my example demonstrated. It's a smoke screen, sort of. People just have to have something absolutely dumb to believe in.

      I can give you an analogy from another area - not sure it will ring any bell for you though, but I will try. The elasticity of a car engine mostly is determined by its displacement. The bigger the displacement, the more forgiving and pulling the engine is.

      Yet in America you guys judge car engines by the number of cylinders. The more the merrier. Granted, on average higher displacement engines have more cylinders - but the number of cylinders does not define engine elasticity, its displacement does.

      There is no cause and effect relationship between the number of cylinders and engine elasticity. Yet engine displacement mostly defines both the number of cylinders and elasticity.

      The same with pagerank. Yes, pages with more and juicier links coming to them tend to have higher pagerank - yet pagerank does not determine anything, links do. Are you still with me? ;)

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Misha, I saw somewhere in the Forums that you said PageRank makes no difference for earning. That a page rank of zero is good enough. So what is page rank a good indicator of?

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      FindYourSearch 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Interesting summary of the search giant. I'd be interested to read an updated version since Google's recent interface design update.

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks Hubber :)

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      hubber-2009 7 years ago from India

      amazing record.. with only 19 published hubs.. so much traffic.. congrats for the achievement..

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      Julian Montez 7 years ago

      Looking for an old friend

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      Menden 7 years ago

      I am looking to see if there is any connection between the "Page Rank" and the following :

      1. Googlebot visits

      2. Google links on the page such as Google custom search or even to Google Maps

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      the more I read the more I seem to get confused. .and then I get lucky and stumble upon a Hub like this that explains things in a way I can understand!!! Great tips Mishna. . what took me so long to get here is beyond me! Thanks for sharing:)

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      Diane Inside 7 years ago

      Nice content very informative thank you, Im still learning all this stuff so every little bit helps.

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      Rafiq SAMA 7 years ago from karachi, pakistan

      is so nice i will join to your followers

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      HubMania 7 years ago from India

      This hub is some kind of gift to Google Fans like me. Thanks for the hub.

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      docrehab 7 years ago from MIAMI, FL

      Nice!

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      Hey, glad I could help :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi, thanks for this information, this article helps me in understanding how google search engine works!

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      ????????? :P

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      hinckles koma 7 years ago from nyc

      malodets!!!

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      koma 7 years ago

      Nice hub, keep them coming.!!

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      Hi Jessica, glad you came. :) Yeah, it truly is. :)

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      Jessica Horn 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Misha! Google truly is an amazing search engine. It seems to do an excellent job separating the spam from the good material.

      Keep up the good writing (I'm new to hubpages & am still trying to "find my groove".)

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks for stopping by Rocky :)

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      rockymeet 7 years ago

      thanks for hub i like to read keep rocking

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      hyenamm 7 years ago

      have a nice day

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks for coming Ryan :)

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      Good hub Misha, enjoyed reading that. Personally I haven't got on with Bing so far, I enjoy the Google experience a lot more.

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks Websclubs, I tried to do my best :)

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      websclubs 8 years ago

      Interesting hub about how people use

      the computer to search ideas. Misha

      your Google hub is packed with information.

      Thank You!

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks for stopping by Prasan. Let's see, but I am not holding my breadth. Neither MSN nor Live were able to seriously compete...

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      prasannasutrave 8 years ago from mumbai( india )

      Google is still on number one position lets see what Bing can do for internet community.

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      ummm, aren't you too fast? give it some time at least, so far they are not even close LOL

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      seo_expert_india 8 years ago

      It looks like Bing is giving some nice competition to the Google.

      Google surely needs to keep pace with Bing.

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      Increased Website Traffic 8 years ago

      I have to admit of course that using google is just second nature now. Anything you want to know, just google it and you will most likely find the answer. Well at least that is true for basicquestions you may have. But I can't help but think that when you are searching for information more specialized, there are a large quanity of pages with nothing more than ads appearing high in the search results. No real content, no info to answer your questions. Just links [no doubt revenue generating for the page owner] to other sites that just may deliver the answer. Yahoo is not much better of course. However, Bing.com at the moment does seem to be a little better in this area. It may not happen immediately, but I have a feeling that Bing is going to start taking away a lot of google traffic over the coming year or two. If it does, it can only be positive for us all, as we see google hitting back by perhaps solving some of the issues that draw away so many of its current users.

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks for visitng guys and gals :)

      Yep, Kitty, it's amazing :)

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      Victoria Virgo 8 years ago from London, UK

      it is so weird to think that a few years ago google didn't even exist but now whenever you need an answer to a question you just pop it into google and get your answers within seconds. That's how i found out details about Michael Jackson. RIP.

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      wqamar 8 years ago

      good hub

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      arjunshrestha128 8 years ago from Qatar

      NICE STUFFS

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks for stopping by Ratnaveera :)

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      ratnaveera 8 years ago from Cumbum

      Yes! Google is No.1 search engine of the internet world. We can get any information about any product or any part of the world. I use Google to get any more information about latest news

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks Apeksha :)

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      apeksha 8 years ago from India.

      Oh! u are a great hubber Misha..nice hub...

      I like to read technical hubs,...

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Believe it or not, but finding good pics takes longer than writing or ordering a text and putting everything together - combined :)

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      Kudlit 8 years ago from Laguna

      Hahaha. Hard . . .

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks, it was the hardest part of hub publishing :)

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      Kudlit 8 years ago from Laguna

      I love the pics. =)

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks guys and gals :)

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      CharBrar 8 years ago from Chicago

      I like this hub. Keep up the great work

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      NELSON DZENY 8 years ago

      I WANT PENPAL FRIENDS FROM ALL OVER THEWORLD

      THANKS.

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      NELSON DZENY 8 years ago

      I WANT TO ASK SOME SCIENCE QUESTION

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks, Misha but I couldn't figure out how to take the leprechaun's out and put mine in. :) I'll be back after St. Paddy's Day.

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      weblog 8 years ago from 1India

      Nice hub. I love google for it's being user friendly and simple.

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Hi Shirley :)

      Always glad when you stop by. :)

      And I am glad you liked his blog, the guy knows what he is talking about.

      Funny avatar you got, but to tell you the truth I like your lovely face a lot better :)

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Misha, I read your friend, Joshua Nester's blog earlier this evening. He and you both help a lot of us with this stuff that we don't really understand. Thanks for that!

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Hi Tiara,

      Thank you for this very nice comment :)

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      Tiara designs 8 years ago from undisclosed location

      This was very interesting. Frankly I am a dog pile fan. I find there is less clutter on the front page. And I am figuring in the long run less space taken up on my computer- with all that blitz when you open it.

      I do have a goggle tool bar, just in case- and do use it at times. I use them all -=really. That way it’s never biased by any giant.

      I thought it really came down to this.

      Internet searches are the most valuable real estate on earth, and the top search’s come down to who pays to be there or who knows how to sit on the machine and over ride the search. I know some can master that... hit

      My brain just can’t compute sitting on the computer that long. I see this scored you high and I am certain that is your goal. And it’s obvious- you know how to do it with less feed and higher volume.

      Best wishes Mr speedo I enjoyed reading your things this morning. You obviously know what you have and how to use it. LOL

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      very good information

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      Carolina Dursina 8 years ago from Spring Green WI

      This is a great hub - very good information to know!

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 8 years ago from Tumkur

      Very good and informative hub. Thanks to you.

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      Mohideen Basha 8 years ago from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA.

      hi,

      another thumbs up!

      sukkran

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      nancydodds1 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Its very nice about google search. Its very useful information. Thanks for sharing valuable information.

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      rainmakerrain 8 years ago from United States

      Great information on Google Search Engine. My favorite feature is the spelling -- it's the fastest way to find the correct spelling of difficult words.

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      Laila Rajaratnam 8 years ago from India

      Great hub..good info.Thanks!

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      terenceyap07 8 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Misha,

      Another fantastic hub packed with information, my friend. This is very beneficial for new people on the internet like myself. Keep up the good work!

      *smiles*

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      himachal 8 years ago from himachal

      I love google too some time I use yahoo

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Thank you ladies and gents for stopping by - and for your kind words :)

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      Roberta Kyle 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Google rules--thanks for this Misha:-)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Lots of interesting things to search on google. Nice.

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thumbs up here and on Stumble, Misha. Great hub!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      There is more to this google search thing than I thought. Thanks for "showing" the way. :)

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      himachal 9 years ago from himachal

      Interesting and useful info. keep up the good work

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      Disillusioned 9 years ago from Kerala, India

      Interesting and useful info.

      By the way, thanks for joining my fan club.

      CVR

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      epictruth 9 years ago from Frisco

      Great hub. Let me know if you figure out Google's algorithm for search. :)

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      xrated 9 years ago

      Google seems to have captured the whole Internet business thing. They are just too intelligent at this.

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      Neil Sperling 9 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Great hub and lots of good replies too - Thanks

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      Research Analyst 9 years ago

      I just read a book on google search the other day, its called Google Power, by Chris Sherman. Interesting how studying what people search for makes for helpful ways to produce marketing ideas.

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      Pete Michner 9 years ago from Virginia

      Great Hub, thanks! Sometimes when I know a thing is on a certain site and I'd rather not search through the site for it I go to google and use the "site:***" feature.