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Quickies: How to Search Within a Website Using Google

By Han | 1st Dec 2015 | Posted in Quickies

We’ve created a series of bite-sized blog posts just long enough to give you the downlow on all kinds of digital wizardry, because we love sharing our knowledge and know-how. Get tips for improving your social media efforts, discover powerful PR tricks, and learn all kinds of hacks to make your work life easier. Here is our super quick tip of the week.


Google allows you to do quite a bit more than just use its ‘default settings’ to search the whole of the web. You can tailor your searches to filter your results more carefully: for instance, if you only want to search one particular website – or filter it out of your results completely.


Perhaps the default Google results you’re getting for a query are too broad, or maybe the search function on a large site isn’t working as well as it should. Narrowing down Google’s results to only search within one specific site could be the answer.

Alternatively, perhaps you want to remove a site altogether from your Google results. This can be helpful if Amazon is dominating the results for a shopping term, but you want to see the alternatives. Or if you want to read recent news about a popular topic, but you want to filter out one particularly prolific publisher.


  • To search within one particular site, simply add to the end of your query. As in the illustrated example above, you might enter, ‘nicolas cage’ to see everything that IMDb has to say about Nicolas Cage.
  • To filter a site out of your search, prepend a hyphen before the extra bit: so ‘nicolas cage’ will return results from all over the web, except for those on IMDb.
  • You can add more sites to the list! So searching for ‘nicolas cage OR’ will show results from IMDb or Wikipedia, while searching for ‘nicolas cage AND’ will show results with both IMDb and Wikipedia filtered out.
  • Note that we’ve removed the www and the https:// from the URLs that we’ve used. This is so that all subdomains will be searched too – such as If you’re not sure what this means, then don’t worry – just remember that a good rule of thumb is to just use the last part of the URL, like or You can always experiment to see what works best for you.

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One Response to “Quickies: How to Search Within a Website Using Google”

  1. […] This method uses a search operator, which are easy to use and really handy for doing slightly more specific searches. We’ve talked about these before when doing a search within a site. […]

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