Tag Archives: Yahoo Search

Move over, Yahoo Yodel. In Europe, it’s Time to Bing.

As part of the Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance, from August 3, Yahoo! search results in Europe will be powered by Bing. Yahoo! will be migrating organic search results for its European properties to the Bing search index.

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Organic (also referred to as algorithmic) search results are the non-paid listings found on the main body of the Yahoo! search page. This transition will happen for Yahoo UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. At this time, Yahoo! is not transitioning paid search results to Microsoft Advertising adCenter and companies can continue using their Yahoo! Search Marketing accounts.

In August 2010, a similar transition happened for Yahoo.com. After the transition, there were no changes in the branding or search experience, except a Powered by BingTM‘ text in the footer of the search page.

If you are a webmaster and organic search results bring traffic to your site, you are advised to compare your organic search rankings on Yahoo! Search and Bing for the keywords that drive your business and check for any potential impact to your website traffic. You might also want to check if you need to modify your paid search campaigns. Also, if you are not using the Bing webmaster tools, it is a good idea to do that now to ensure your site is prominently listed in both Yahoo! and Bing organic search results.

How to Add a Right Click Search to Chrome Browser

Would you like to be able to highlight a word or a phrase on a web page and find out more about it? You can make this possible by adding search entries to the right click (context) menu.

Recently, I’ve posted articles telling you how to Add a Right Click Search Menu to Firefox and Internet Explorer. You might think that I have a real searchaddiction. It’s not an addiction, it’s a real need that’s based on the desire to save time. I spend large chunks of time searching the net for the things I want to learn and write about.

Now I’ll show you how to add a context search menu to Google’s Chrome web browser. chrome

1. You must be running version 4 of Chrome or higher.

2. Go to the ChromeExtensions site and install Context Search.

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3. To add your own custom search sites (providers), open the Extensions manager by using the Wrench pull-down menu.

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4. Click on the Options button for Context Search.

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5. In the preferences, you can add/remove and edit existing search providers. To add a new provider, click the Add newlink.

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6. Here you can see how I’ve added my favorite search provider. Don’t forget to use the Savelink when you have everything entered. (read why I like Scroogle Search)

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Tip: How do I get URLs like the ones shown above? I go to a website (such as Twitter) and perform a search there, using an easy to identify keyword (such as TESTSEARCH). Then I find the keyword and replace it with %s.

URL displayed in address bar after searching Twitter for TESTSEARCH
http://twitter.com/#search?q=TESTSEARCH

URL after replacing TESTSEARCH with %s
http://twitter.com/#search?q=%s

7. When you run across a word or phrase on a page, highlight it and you’ll see a little triangle beside the highlighted text. Click on it and you’ll see your search providers listed.

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8. I’ve noticed that the little triangle doesn’t appear on some web pages. When that happens, right click on the highlighted text and you’ll see your customized search providers listed.

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That’s all there is to it. Now you’re ready to beat Chuck Norris at searching. Oh, I forgot – Chuck Norris doesn’t search, the results come to him.   (bad joke)

How to Add a Right Click Search Menu to Internet Explorer

ie8-icon There is definitely something missing in Internet Explorer 7. When I’m using Firefox, Opera, and Chrome, I have gotten used to highlighting a word or phrase, then right clicking and choosing a search engine to look it up. I noticed that it was missing in IE7 the other day, and I immediately set forth on a quest to fix this fault.

It didn’t take long to find the answer. Once again, an old acquaintance, Ramesh Srinivasan, had a solution handy at his WinHelpOnline website. The right-click-search (or context menu search) is fairly easy to add. Just follow my instructions below. (This should work in IE6 and IE7, but may not work IE8.)

  1. Download Google.zip from WinHelpOnline.
  2. Right click on the zip file and Extract Allthe files to a folder. (the Windows Desktop is a good spot)
  3. Open the folder and copy google.htm to the C:\Windows\Web folder.
  4. Double click on the google.reg file and click Yesto add this information into the registry.
  5. The next time you open up Internet Explorer, you’ll now be able to right click on a highlighted word and search for it.
  6. An undo.regis included in the zip file, and you can run it if you want to remove the google search from your menu.

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Wait! I’m not done with you yet. I can tell you how to add other search engines to the right click menu. I modified Ramesh’s code and created more search context actions. Thanks to Ramesh for permission to re-use his code.

Here are searches for:

To install these, just use the same instructions (2 through 6) above. Substitute the name of the site you are installing for google.

Note: IE8 already has a similar feature called accelerators. At this time, I don’t know how to write those.

Do you need any other websites added to this list? Let me know, when I have time I’ll add more.

How to Create Your Own Site Searches in Internet Explorer

internet-explorer-iconDo you have favorite websites that you need to search? You might already know that you can search specific websites by using the pull down menu on the built-in search box in Internet Explorer. You can see a list of sites, such as Bing, Google or Yahoo; these are called Search Providers.

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You can add Search Providers in Internet Explorer very easily, but what if the site you want isn’t included in Microsoft’s list of providers? Here are a few of the providers listed by Microsoft:

Bing SearchNew York Times Instant SearchWikipedia Visual SearchAmazon Search SuggestionseBay.com Visual SearchGoogle Search SuggestionsYahoo! Search SuggestionsESPN SearchRealtime Web Search (by OneRiot)Sports Buzz from Buzztap

Creating your own Search Providers is an easy trick to learn. It might save you several minutes every day if you have to perform lots of web searches. I’m only going to show instructions for Internet Explorer 7 and 8. If you have Internet Explorer 6, you should upgrade to a newer version. IE6 is getting too old, slow and insecure (like me). Unlike me, however, IE6 is not getting any wiser.

Let’s start with a good example. let’s say that you are in love with the Techie Buzz site and you need to search it every day. Follow the steps below to add your own “Techie Buzz Search” to Internet Explorer.

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to Techie-Buzz.

And The Most Pathetic Design Award Goes To.. Motorola Backflip/ Enzo

Phandroid, recently leaked few of the Motorola Backflip / Enzo pictures. This is supposed to be AT&T’s first Android based phone. Before I give you my two cents, grab a look at the design.

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The screen is back flips and so the name Motorola Backflip.

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Since both sides of the phone keyboard and the screen (touchscreen) are responsive I wonder how effectively the phone can prevent damage when flipped into pockets. Touchscreen is said to be very responsive. The QWERTY keyboard too doesn’t quite convince me. From the pictures, it looks like the keys would pop out if I even touch them, forget pressing.

The camera resides on the backside of the phone, which is also occupied by the keyboard. Though, I am not a huge fan of this arrangement of the camera and the keyboard, I can see only one advantage to this No need for secondary camera for video calling. You could just flip the keyboard and there goes your camera which you can use it for video calling.

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As you can see from the above picture, Motorola Backflip runs on Android 1.5 which surprises me as Verizon’s Droid is already using Android 2.0. Why would AT&T still use Android 1.5 when a better firmware is available.

AT&T customizations includes:

  • Yahoo! Search
  • AT&T Nav
  • AT&T Music
  • AT&T Mobile App store (ringtones, little games, etc…)

Apart from Google Maps, none of the Google goodies would be loaded. Like seriously? And Yahoo search? What were they thinking?

Specifications:

  • 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 3.1 inch display 320 x 480 (HVGA)
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 2.0 / GPS
  • OS Android 1.5 with Motoblur
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 W-CDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • Reverse flip keyboard
  • Rear directional touchpad

Similarities Between New Google Search Interface and Yahoo Search

We told you about the new Google Search interface recently, along with instructions on how to access new Google Search. However, we just spotted something that might be of interest in the new search interface from Google.

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It is mildly similar to the current Search. I say mildly, since there are certain similarities like the search box, font weights and the buttons. However, they are not exactly the same, but it looks like they have been derived from Yahoo Search.

Take a look at the screenshots above and decide for yourself whether or not you see similarities between them. An interesting thing is that this is not the first time that Google has copied something from Yahoo. I remember an instance, but cannot find the link for it, it was related to promoting custom builds of IE7 and the Google designer had copied the design over from Yahoo.

What do you think? Let us know through your comments.

Yahoo Search Pad With Google Gears Integration

I hadn’t been to search in a long time and was surprised today when I was checking a link. A Google Gears permission box popped up on the screen.

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On further investigation I found that Yahoo is using Google Gears for it’s new Search Pad feature which will allow you to take notes and store them while searching on Yahoo.

According to the search pad help page;

Search Pad is a note-taking application that automatically tracks and organizes sites you find on Yahoo! Search to help you complete important tasks such as buying a car or planning a trip.

Search Pad definitely looks like a cool feature because more often than not, people end up taking notes while researching through search. Search Pad pretty much does it all.

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Once you have created notes you can then email or share them with others. This makes sharing research among several people a breeze.

Have you tried out the new search pad? What do you think about it? Do let me know.