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Since I received many questions on various google sites, I decided to present here google directory for your reference:

  1. Blogger
  2. Gmail
  3. Google Accounts
  4. Google Add Your URL
  5. Google Adsense
  6. Google Adwords
  7. Google Alerts
  8. Google Analytics
  9. Google Apps
  10. Google Base
  11. Google Blog Search
  12. Google Book Search
  13. Google Calendar
  14. Google Catalogs
  15. Google Checkout
  16. Google Desktop
  17. Google Directory
  18. Google Docs
  19. Google Earth
  20. Google Finance
  21. Google Groups
  22. Google Hot Trends
  23. Google Image Search
  24. Google Maps
  25. Google News
  26. Google Product Search
  27. Google Talk
  28. Google Toolbar
  29. Google Trends
  30. Google Video
  31. Google Video Blog
  32. Google Webmaster Tools
  33. Official Google Blog
  34. Orkut
  35. Picasa
  36. YouTube

You will notice that there are so many google blogs and sites available that it is difficult to put all of those here. I have tried my best to present as many as I knew. I suggest you to bookmark this page for your day to day reference.

Jay Author

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I consider Google Base as a site for online classified ads like the Craigslist. Some bloggers call it as an online marketplace like eBay without the auctions.

Google describes Google Base as “a place where you can easily submit all types of online and offline content that Google will host and make searchable online”.

You can use Google Base to post items that you want to sell; other users can search the Google Base database to find items they want to buy. When a match is made, you and the other user arrange payment and shipping between yourselves.

Quick Facts about Google Base

  • Cost: Free
  • How to Submit: You can submit information about all types of online and offline content to Google Base, by either the standard web form or, if you have more than 10 items to submit, via a data feed. When you submit information via the web form, you can attach up to 15 digital files in the following formats: PDF (.pdf), Microsoft Excel (.xls), Text (.txt), HTML (.html), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Word Perfect (.wpd), ASCII, Unicode and XML. Please note: the files you upload may not exceed 20 megabytes total in size, and we reserve the right to review all items in order to ensure they comply with the Google Base Terms and Conditions.
  • Languages: Google Base is currently available in English and German interfaces.
  • Reach: Items you submit to Google Base might be found on Google properties like Google or Google Product Search.
  • How it’s different: Google Base enables you to add attributes describing your content, so that searchers can easily find it. The more popular individual attributes become, the more often we’ll suggest them when others post the same items. Similarly, items that become more popular will show up as suggested item types in the Choose an existing item type drop-down menu.  

Why Should You Use Google Base?

If you have information you want to share with others but aren’t sure how to reach them, Google Base is for you. You can easily submit all types of online and offline content to Base, and if your content isn’t online yet, we’ll put it there. You can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they do related searches. In fact, based on your items’ relevance, users may find them in their results for searches on Google Product Search and even our main Google web search. The main benefits of Google Base include:

  • Free content hosting
    Google Base represents a new opportunity to put any kind of content online, even if it isn’t a web page.
  • Distribution
    By bringing offline content online, Google Base is more accessible and useful. Even online content becomes more ‘discoverable’ when users are able to refine their search results based on attributes. You can also link users to your own website, thus making your content far more accessible to the world.
  • Ease of Use
    Now you can go to one place to upload content to Google. You can post individual items by completing a simple web form or submit a data feed with ten or more items in standard formats such as TSV, RSS 1.0 and RSS 2.0.

Best of all, Google Base is entirely free. And you’re always in control; you can edit or archive your items whenever you want.

Google’s goal is to organize the world’s information, and that includes almost anything you might want to contribute, whether it’s your store inventory, collection of original poetry, or research paper on cancer receptors. You can submit your information using either the standard web form or, if you have more than 10 items to submit, via google data feed options.

Wishing you fun with Google Base,

Jay Author

If you’ve ever used BizRate, NexTag, Shopping.com, and similar price comarison sites, you might be under the impression that these sites scour the Web for prices from a wide variety of online retailers. That’s a false impression; instead, these sites build their price/product databases from product links submitted and paid for by participating retailers. That’s right, most price comparison sites charge retailers to be included in their listings.

Google Product Search isn’t like all the other price comparison sites. Google is completely objective, it doesn’t take money for its listings, instead sending its spider software to independently scour the Web for merchants and products. So Google Product Search is a pure search engine.

Not only are Google’s results untainted by product placement, it also typically returns more results for any given item you’re shopping for.

Google Product Search (formerly called Froogle) helps you locate products instantly on the web and comparison-shop according to price, features, customer ratings, and more. It isn’t a store in itself but rather a searchable database of millions of products sold on the web. So if you’ve got a product in mind but aren’t wedded to a particular merchant, the Google Product Search search engine will collect a wide array of options for you and then give you the tools to zero in on the best buy.

How to Use Google Product Search?

The best way to use Google Product Search is by putting in the keyword like product name, model number, brand name or the combination of the same. Google Product Search will present you with a page of products that match with your keyword.

There are five ways in which you can rank the products displayed in your Google Product Search search results:
  1. By relevance: Ranks the products according to what Google Product Search considers most relevant to your keywords. Unless you change the “sort by” setting, Google Product Search automatically organizes by relevance.
  2. By price, low to high: Ranks the least expensive products higher.
  3. By price, high to low: Ranks the most expensive products higher. Though few consumers are looking to pay the highest price, this ranking will help give you a sense of the full range of prices.
  4. Product rating: Ranks according to product reviews.
  5. Seller rating: Ranks according to the merchants’ credibility and consumer ratings

Product Search Shopping and Wish Lists

Just because you’re not ready to enter your credit card number this instant doesn’t mean you have to lose track of the products you’ve discovered on Google Product Search.

Shopping List

The shopping list helps you keep track of products that you’re considering purchasing.
  1. Click on the “My Shopping List” link on the Google Product Search homepage.
  2. Sign up for a free Google account if you don’t already have one.
  3. When you find an item of interest to you on Google Product Search, click on “Add to Shopping List.”
  4. Check back into “My Shopping List” to view your shopping cart of goodies and to arrange them comparatively.

Wish List

The wish list lets you highlight products that you definitely want to buy—or want someone else to buy for you.
  1. Weed through the items in your Shopping List to pinpoint your favorites.
  2. Check the In Wish List box below the items you want.
  3. Wait for Santa Claus to look up your Wish List on Google Product Search. You can look for anyone’s Wish List by entering his or her email address into the Find a Wish List field on the Shopping List page

Enjoy the Google Product Search to get the bargains,

Jay Author

Do you know that you can use google to search for tracking information from UPS, FedEx, and other shipping companies? Let us explore what else we can do with Google to find out other information.

Google for Searching Facts

If you are looking for the hard facts, google can be a great help. So if you phrase your query correctly and if google has indexed that information, you can get the precise information you need at the top of the search results page.

So Fact-based information could be birthdates, birthplaces, population etc. If you want to find out where Mark Twain was born, enter ‘birthplace mark twain’ in the search box query.

Google for Weather Information

Do you know that Google can be used to find and display current weather conditions and forecasts? It’s a pretty easy search; all you have to do it enter the keyword ‘weather’, followed by the location. You can enter the location as a city name, city plus state, or ZIP code.

Google for Travel Information

Do you know that you can get travel information like weather at the Airport, flight delays etc? To search for weather conditions and delays at a particular airport, all you have to do is enter the airport’s three-letter code, followed by the word ‘airport’.

Google also lets you track the status of any US flight, and many international flights. All you have to do is enter the flight number into the google search box.

Google for UPS Tracking Number

If you want to track a package that was sent via UPS, all you have to do is enter the UPS tracking number. If you want o see what product is attached to a specific UPC (universal product code), just enter the bar code number.

Google for Movies

You can use the standard google search box to look up movie reviews and show times. All you have to do is enter the word ‘movies’ followed by the name of the movie. To view a list of reviews for this movie, click the movie title.

Google for Music

Google knows the names of tens of thousands of popular performers; all you have to do is enter the performer’s name in the search box, and google returns specific information about that performer.

Needless to say you can do a lot with google for all the special information,

Jay Author

If you are looking for any specific information on any blog, you can use the always friendly google search box but there is a bettter way to search blogosphere using google blog search.  Why google blog search was needed? Google’s traditional method of crawling the Web for updated information can take few weeks to update and this is too slow for indexing the blog content. The solution to this problem came in the form of site feeds. Google hit upon the idea of using these RSS feeds to seed its blog search index. By aggregating RSS feeds into its index, Google Blog Search is constantly updated with new blog content.

How to List Your Blog with Google Blog Search?

If you have a blog and you want it to be included in the Google Blog Search, you don’t have to submit your blog to Google for indexing. All you have to do is make sure you’ve enabled a site feed for your blog. You can choose either an RSS or Atom feed.

Two Ways to Search Using Google Blog Search

There are actually two ways to use google blog search.

The first one is – you can go the main google blog search page i.e. http://blogsearch.google.com/ and then you can enter your query into the search box and click the Search Blogs button.

The second one is – you can use the Blogger Search page i.e. http://search.blogger.com/ if you like the Blogger interface.

When you enter your blog search query, Google searches its index of RSS feeds and returns a page of blogs and blog postings that best match your query.

How to Fine-tune Blog Search Query?

Entering a Google Search query is very similar to entering a standard Google Web Search query. In order to fine tune your search query, you can use the operators like following:

inblogtitle:keyword  –  Limits the search to words contained in the blog’s title

inposttitle:keyword  –  Limits the search to words contained in the titles of individual blog postings

keyword:inpostauthor:name  –  Limits the search to postings by a specific poster

keyword blogurl:www.blogurl.com  –  Limits the search to a particular blog, as defined by the blog URL

If you don’t like using search box operators, you can achieve the same results by using the Google Blog Search advanced search page.

Hope you benefit from this blog post,

Wishing you all the fun with the Google Blog Search,

Jay Author

Suddenly I have received many questions related to various google products so I have decided to deal with all of these questions with the common posts like this one rather than answering each question individually. So keep watching for more as there are many interesting questions.

What is Google Alerts?

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

So many interesting blogs and so little time! If you’re anything like me, you like to pick and choose what posts you read on any given blog. You may only want to read a post about a topic of your interest, or perhaps you only want to read blog posts by a particular writer or two. Hence the new Blog Alert, which notifies you about new blog search results.

Google Alerts enables you to set up an email alert on a daily or weekly basis or if you prefer, in real time.

How to Use Google Alerts?

Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:

  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams
  • accessing statistics to use in presentations, reports and articles
  • identifying potential joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • discovering new business tools
  • research for my book
  • content for my products, programmes and live events.

Here are the Steps to Sign for Google Alerts and start using it immediately:

1. Create a google account first.

2. Go to Google Alerts page.

3. Now type in a keyword or a phrase in the google alerts form that you want to be notified about.

4. Confirm your email. Now you are done!

Now, all you do is wait, and once an active discussions are located, Google Alerts will send you a e-mail verifying that there is an active discussion talking about that specific keyword.

Jay Author

This question comes from James of Okotoks in Canada. There are many tools available online where you can get the information on any person. Since James is looking for the information for his friend who lives in US, I am going to focus my answer to US needs.

Recently I have written about this on another blog and I am providing the same information here rather than rewriting it.

Learn here How to Search for People and Phone Numbers!

If you are like me, then you like to use internet for looking for information rather than using other old methods. Google includes listing of millions of US households in what it calls the Google Phonebook. If you are looking for some information, here are the tips on how to look for people and phone numbers in google:

There are six ways you can search for a person or household in the google phonebook.

  1. First name or initial, last name, city
  2. First name or initial, last name, state
  3. First name or initial, last name, city, state
  4. First name or initial, last name, zip code
  5. Last name, city, state
  6. Last name, zip code

You can read the full post using the above link. Besides the above, I am also sharing few more free resources: