Tag Archives: Search

Powering Your Site Search with Google Options

Is a Google on-site search solution right for your small business ecommerce website? We take a look at the three search options from Google.

Outside of your ecommerce shopping cart software, small ecommerce site owners don’t really have many options for integrating alternative site search functionality, unless they have access to in-house technical know-how and a bigger budget to invest in developing on-site search.

While there are a number of hosted site-search platforms available, ‘commerce search’ is still largely an enterprise application and few platforms are designed to meet the budget needs of the very small ecommerce websites.

One option that a small business has for improving on-site product search is using the free Google Custom Search or, you could invest in Google Site Search or Google Commerce Search, depending on the type of site you manage. Fair warning though: while Google’s Commerce Search is cheaper than many of its competitor’s search products, the pricing may still be out of range for many smaller ecommerce web shops.

Read the Full “Powering On-Site Search with Google Search Options” Story on EcommerceGuide.com

By Vangie Beal, July 7, 2010

Google Search Tips and Shortcuts

Google Web search is so popular is that is offers fast and powerful searches, plus it has a simple Web page that is quick to load and easy to use. While Google produces fast search results, there several quick and easy shortcuts that will help improve your Google searches.

  • Area Code: You can search for the geographical location to any U.S. and many other country codes by typing the 3-digit area code into the search box.
    Example Search: 876
  • Book Search: To search for book text, simply use the word “book” in front of your search phrase. This will remove non-book related search results.
    Example Search: book The Lord of the Rings
  • Calculator: Google has a built-in calculator function. To use it, simply type the equation in the search box.
    Example Search: 5*4+6/2

Read all the Google tips for faster searching here.

Google Search Tips and Shortcuts
By Vangie Beal, May 08, 2009