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First, I offer thanks to Jerry Peek of Sites4People.com for suggesting that I write a book about how to search with Google.
I revised this tutorial incorporating the valuable comments and suggestions from many people to whom I am grateful. They include: Rod Adams, Amit Agarwal, Abass Ahmady, Marian Bach, Joe Barker, Penny Barsimantov, Adam Baxter, […]

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This page was last modified on: Friday March 19, 2010

Improving Your PageRank

Below are suggestions for publicizing your site — and improving its PageRank — based on our experience getting the word out about Google Guide.
Include useful high-quality information on your site.
Create content that users want and will share with others.
Submit your site to various web directories and reference sites.
A web directory “specializes in linking to other […]

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This page was last modified on: Sunday August 31, 2008

Creating Content

Following each tip on creating content is information about how I developed Google Guide and improved its content.
Create useful high-quality material that is of interest to users.
Back in 2002, I created Google Guide to get feedback on material I was developing for a tutorial book on Google search for most users’ use just a fraction […]

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This page was last modified on: Monday September 21, 2009


Note: As of late 2006, Google Answers isn’t accepting new questions. You can still browse and search existing questions and answers. A similar service, Yahoo! Answers, is available at answers.yahoo.com.
Unlike Google Answers, the Yahoo! service is free of charge. Questions are answered by unpaid volunteers who may not have any qualifications or experience.

Having trouble creating […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday March 13, 2007


In February of 2003, Google engineer Naga Sridhar got tired of regularly visiting Google News to check for developments in the imminent US war with Iraq. So he put together an application that would email him when a news story broke that matched a specified query. Naga demonstrated his prototype to co-founder Sergey Brin, who […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday March 13, 2007

Groups: Discussion Forums

Want advice, opinions, and recommendations that haven’t necessarily been edited?
Then consider using Google Groups, which provides access (posting and reading) to thousands of discussion forums — an enormous storehouse of discourse, including

Forums on practically everything from aviation to zymurgy (brewing beer)
Opinions, advice, and resource information, e.g.,

Opinions on laser eye surgery
Reviews for small OR compact digital […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday March 13, 2007

Shortcut: Phone Numbers and Addresses

Google no longer supports personal telephone and address searches because of numerous user complaints.

Finding the phone number of a person who lives in the United States used to mean searching the white pages of the telephone directory. Printed residential phone books are getting scarce, but Google has an alternative: the Residential PhoneBook service. Just enter […]

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This page was last modified on: Sunday February 26, 2012

Google Accounts

A Google Account is free of charge. The easiest way to get one is by visiting . There you’ll be asked for information like your email address and a password.

Note: If you’re planning to get a Gmail account, and you’d like to use your Gmail address as your primary email address, you should sign up […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday May 1, 2007


One of Google’s corporate philosophies has always been not to “do evil.” Google’s Privacy Policy Highlights explain more. (You’ll also find a link to their complete Privacy Policy on that page.)
Whether you trust Google or not, it’s good to know something about how Google tracks you. What does Google do to remember your Preferences? When […]

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This page was last modified on: Monday August 11, 2008

Spelling Corrections and Suggestions

Not sure how to spell something? Don’t worry, try gessing or speling any way you can. In just the first few months on the job, Google engineer Noam Shazeer developed a spelling correction (suggestion) system based on what other users have entered. The system automatically checks whether you are using the most common spelling of […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday March 13, 2007

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