How to Search Within a Website Using Google's Site Search Functionality

Often times you arrive on a website that has a whole lot of great content but lacks a good quality search functionality. Even if a search box is present, it is very basic and does not do a very good job of finding the content that you are looking for. If you are ever faced with this situation in the future, you can try using Google's site search function to search for content within that particular website. I have found that the results returned by Google's site search is generally far better than the one returned by the search engine present on the site (unless of-course the site uses a custom Google search box). Google's site Search also allows you to search for exact keywords within the title tag or content of the articles which can be particularly useful while looking for specific content on large websites.

So here's how you can use site search to search within websites.

Regular Site Search: Finding Any or All Keywords

To perform a simple site search, go to Google.com and type in the search operator site followed by a colon and then the site name and the keyword you want to search for. The format is as follows:

site:sitename.com keyword

This will return all articles on the site that contain any or all of the given keyword.

Example: Let's say you wanted to search for all articles on the site ScienceDaily.com that offer information on how to live a healthy life. The following is the search that you will need to make in Google.com:

site:sciencedaily.com how to live healthy

The image below shows the results for the above search.

Google site search

As you can see, all pages on ScienceDaily.com that contain all or any of the keywords how to live healthy have been returned.

Site Search with Quotes: Finding the Exact Keyword

If you are looking to find something specific, you can surround your keyword with quotes. When you use quotes around a keyword, Google only returns pages that have the keyword in that exact order. The following is the format for this:

site:sitename.com "keyword"

Example: Let's say you want to find all articles on Sciencedaily.com that has the phrase Health of Coastal Ecosystems in that exact order. You will need to perform the following search to get the desired results:

site:sciencedaily.com "health of coastal ecosystems"

Image below is the SERP page for the above search:

Exact site search

As you can see from the image, only articles that have the exact keyword health of coastal ecosystems are returned in the search results.

Site Search using Intitle: Find Keyword Within the Title Tag

You can use the intitle operator to search the title tag of webpages instead of the actual content. This is similar to searching for only the heading of an article as title tags are mostly same as the main heading of the article. This search can be made using the following format:

site:sitename.com intitle:keyword

Example: Let's say you want to find all articles on Sciendedaily.com that have one or more of the keyword 30 minutes daily exercise in their title tag. You can do this by performing the following search:

site:sciencedaily.com intitle:30 minutes daily exercise

The below image shows a few results for the above search:

Site search using Intitle

As you can see, the search has returned articles that contain one or more of the keyword 30 minutes daily exercise in their title tag.

Site Search Using Intitle Operator and Quotes: Find Exact Keyword Within the Title Tag

As discussed earlier, you can surround your keyword with quotes to find articles that contain the exact keyword in their title tags. The format for this is as follows:

site:sitename.com intitle:"keyword"

Example: As an example, let's find all articles on ScienceDaily.com that have the keyword Planet Spotted in their title tag.

site:sciencedaily.com intitle:"planet spotted"

The below image shows a few results for the above search:

Intitle exact search

As you can see, the search has returned articles that have the exact keyword Planet Spotted in their title tags.

So this is how simple it is to use Google site search to search within a website's content or title tag.

 
 

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