I’ve recently started searching my site using Google rather than using the built-in WordPress search. That’s nothing new — pretty much everyone knows that if you use
site:yourdomain.com in front of a search term, it’ll search only your domain for that term.
That’s cool and everything, but it doesn’t get really sick until you combine it with Firefox’s Quicksearches. Quicksearches let you configure keywords that you type right into Firefox’s address bar. You can, for example, search Google for “cars” just by typing “
g cars” into the URL field. The results will exactly the same as if you had gone to the Google homepage, typed in the word “cars”, and pressed enter.
So since Google is so good at search, and since it’s crawling your site constantly anyway, why not let Google do all the work when you’re looking for links on your own site? That’s what this little shortcut does — it uses a Quicksearch to find exactly what you’re looking for on your site — all without going to your site or to Google.
Adding The Quicksearch Bit
To make this work you just have to make yourself a new bookmark with the correct properties, like so:
- Go to Bookmarks –> Organize Bookmarks
- On the top left, select “New Bookmark”
- Give the bookmark a name — something like, “Site Quicksearch”
- Give it a keyword (this is what you’ll type into the URL bar). Try “ss”.
- In the Location field, paste the following:
Then, simply replace “danielmiessler.com” with your own site and you’re done. Now hit
ctrl-L to get to the address bar and type:
ss linux firewalls (then press enter)
What you’ll get back is Google’s results for “linux firewalls” coming from your page.: