How Does Google Search Work

Last Update: March 28, 2014

Have you ever wondered how does Google search work? Did you know that when you do a search in Google you are not searching the World Wide Web (www)? No you are not. You are only searching what Google has indexed.

So how does searching on Google really work and why does it seem to be so thorough a search? The video at the link below is an informative whiteboard-style look at how Google handles giving you the search results that you are looking for.

It’s amazing how much the Google software has to go through within a half a second to give you the search results you are looking for. Just some of the things it uses to determine which pages to show you for your searches are: pages that are relevant to what you are searching for, pages that contain keywords you are searching with, do those keywords appear in the title of the page and/or the description, are the pages from a reputable or a spammy site, what is the page rank of the pages,…

It truly is amazing what happens in a split second after we click on “Search” with everything that goes on behind the scenes that we take for granted. Once again Matt Cutts explains it in the simplest terms. Enjoy!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNHR6IQJGZs

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katheemis Premium
Thanks for sharing that. Who better to learn from than Matt Cutts? & I now know how fast a Cheetah can run!
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes that is true about now knowing how fast the Cheetah can run. :-)
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Melanie1508 Premium
Thanks for taking your time to post this Robert. It's amazing how Matt manages to convey his ideas in the simplest and easiest to understand way. Also, the videos and short & sweet....and right to the point. Have a great weekend! :)
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Melanie. It just amazes me with everything that the Google software does within a half second. Have a great weekend yourself.
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Mark Tait Premium
Fascinating Robert - I love hearing about the behind the scenes stuff... how things work!

Thanks for the post, I really enjoyed it and the video.

Cheers, Mark
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Mark. Though I knew most of what Matt said already, it was when he described everything that the Google software does to select the pages and ads to display. The fact that all of that is done within a half second is amazing.
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Mark Tait Premium
Yeah I know - I have a large database at the 9-5 that holds lots of performance data for staff - it regularly times out when searching - I like how Matt talks about the thousands of computers/servers they have - makes my one little server seem like a well whipped, over worked pony!! :) I know the world of indexing and searching because of my little server - but it is still fascinating hearing how the big guns fire!

All the best, Mark
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boomergp08 Premium
I would love to see how big Google's server room is.
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jcfuhrmann Premium
Real good information! I've been wondering about all this. I suppose the initial hurdle for new blogs is building up those reputable links to your site.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, building reputable links will take some effort because you will have to take an active roll in sharing your content via social media within like minded communities. This is why I have been spending the last 4 months building up my target audiences on the social networks and then sharing my content within those communities.

This is how it should be done as Google has said many times, and Kyle as well, that buying links will not give you quality links and can actually hurt your chances of being ranked well.
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Trialynn Premium
What a web it weaves! The info is interesting!
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boomergp08 Premium
I love that the Google bots are called spiders. It makes it relevant when you know that they "crawl" your "web".
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