In Part 1 of Search Engine Things To Know - Google Your Web, I showed this (I repeat it here for convenience):
Go to Google and type in your domain name (without the www). For instance, try activerain.com. You'll see this:
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|Lead distribution and management system for real estate.|
Google can show you the following information for this URL:
- Show Google's cache of activerain.com
- Find web pages that are similar to activerain.com
- Find web pages that link to activerain.com
- Find web pages from the site activerain.com
- Find web pages that contain the term "activerain.com"
We covered the Google cache in the previous post. Now, let's cover the other 4.
You can find an explanation to them at this link on Google.
similar to above is the related: operator mentioned on the Google site. This just means that if you put related:activerain.com in the google search box you'd get the same result. Personally, I don't pay any attention to it.
link to is the link: operator. It's billed as the list of sites that link to your site. It's useful, because backlinks are good things -- really good things. Quality links to your site serve as a "vote" for your site. Don't try to cheat here. You'll be caught. Focus on content for humans and the links will follow. Don't get sucked into link farms.
from the site is the site: operator. This shows your pages that have been indexed. It looks like ActiveRain has had most of the member pages indexed, but not all of them. And notice that none of the blog posts or pages seem to be indexed (maybe someone from ActiveRain can comment on this -- it's probably the newness of the site. Google likes to spider chunks of a site at a time. It takes time, and if a site is growing in pages, this will always lag what is out there right now).
Lastly, contains the term is the same as typing "activerain.com" in the Google sarch box, with the quotes INCLUDED. Quotes mean include the exact phrase, here your exact URL. This last one is really important, because it also shows you where your domain is mentioned. Combined with
I hope this was informative to some of you. The concepts here are nothing new, but it may be new to you. If you know of a site that explains it better or more succinctly, please comment below.
LINK: Googles Webmaster Guidelines. Even if you are non-technical, if you have a web site, read this.