Sometimes you might want to do a search, but you want to limit that search to a particular website. For example, let’s say there is a blog about personal finance that you read regularly. You remember reading an article one time that talked about the benefit of compound interest over time, but you don’t know when. It could have been 6 months ago, or it could have been 2 years ago (your memory is not what it used to be).
Fortunately a lot of websites these days have a search function displayed right on the home page. That makes it easy. But what if there is no site search offered?
You just use a special search in Google. This is basically a regular Google search, but you have to make sure Google knows to only search on this one particular site. To do that, the search would look like this:
So if you wanted to search the NFL website for any mention of the name “Buccaneers”, it would look like this:
Go ahead and do that search in Google. You will see that the results match the search. Every page listed in the results contains the word “buccaneers”, and every page in the results is from the NFL.com website. No other websites are included:
The disadvantage of this type of search is that it depends on Google having indexed every page on the site. This means that if the site just posted a new page or blog post an hour ago, Google probably has not yet seen that page – so it would not be included in the search results.
There is an alternative type of search that is site-specific but I’m not sure it would work on all websites. It doesn’t depend on Google’s indexing function at all because it doesn’t use Google. Doing it this way, you just go to the address bar at the top of the screen, and enter the actual address of the site you wish to search, and follow it with a short suffix. The suffix is:
For example, if you wanted to search my site for any page that mentions the word “backup” you would enter this into the address bar and hit Enter:
If you do this on my site, you will see that there are 30 blog posts that come up that mention the word “backup” at least one time.
This second method I believe would work fine on smaller blog sites such as mine, but not as well on the more complex sites like the NFL website.