Last Updated May 10, 2010 11:21 AM EDT
Let's use, oh, BNET as an example. I admit it: our site's built-in search tool is, um, er, how to put this delicately, atrocious. Fortunately, it's a snap to leverage Google to search BNET -- and only BNET.
Suppose you're trying to find a post I wrote awhile back about a Google Voice competitor. You can't remember the name of it, only that you saw it here. Here's what you'd type into the Google search box:
site:bnet.com broida google voice
And here's what you'd get back:
Pretty simple, huh? To search any site in the same manner, just prefix your search term(s) with site, a colon, and then the URL -- making sure to put all of that together with no spaces in between. With that done, tack on your search parameters. A couple more examples:
site:cnet.com DIY iPhone stand
site:bnet.com nestle facebook
site:tvsquad.com "friday night lights" Minka Kelly
As that last one suggests, you can combine multiple Google operators in the same search -- in this case site and quotation marks (which produce exact matches of the words inside them).
Like I said earlier, I use this trick constantly -- it's a huge time-saver. If you know of any other indispensable Google-search helpers, by all means list 'em in the comments.
More on BNET: