Google: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2006
Pages: 466 is one of the most popular sites on the Internet and is used around the world by millions of people every day. Sure, you know how to "Google it" when you're searching for something--anything!--on the Web. It's plenty fast and easy to use. But did you know how much more you could achieve with the world's best search engine by clicking beyond the "Google Search" button?

While you can interface with Google in 97 languages and glean results in 35, you can't find any kind of instruction manual from Google. Lucky for you, our fully updated and greatly expanded second edition to the bestselling Google: The Missing Manual covers everything you could possibly want to know about Google, including the newest and coolest--and often most underused (what is Froogle, anyway?)--features. There's even a full chapter devoted to Gmail, Google's free email service that includes a whopping 2.5 GB of space).

This wise and witty guide delivers the complete scoop on Google, from how it works to how you can search far more effectively and efficiently (no more scrolling through 168 pages of seemingly irrelevant results); take best advantage of Google's lesser-known features, such as Google Print, Google Desktop, and Google Suggest; get your website listed on Google; track your visitors with Google Analytics; make money with AdWords and AdSense; and much more.

Whether you're new to Google or already a many-times-a-day user, you're sure to find tutorials, tips, tricks, and tools that take you well beyond simple search to Google gurudom.

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Google: The Missing Manual met all my expectations

By Ken in search of knowledge

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  • Easy to understand
  • Well-written


    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly Google: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

    This a reference book that is very helpful to me as I try to get the most out of my google searches.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    Very Comprehensive

    By JD

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    Comments about oreilly Google: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

    This book does a great job of covering topics ranging from how to use Google (and Gmail), how to be recognized by Google, and how to utilize Google offerings such as adwords and analytics.

    The book is spilt into 4 general categories:

    Using Google For Searching

    Goolgle Tools

    Information For Webmasters

    Using Gmail

    The searching section is very in-depth. Different types of searches, things that can be searched, and items besides web pages are all covered. I appreciated the short section describing when alternatives to Google work betters as well (although Google is still the search king).

    Google tools covers images, maps, news, directory and print plus groups, answers, shopping, and the Google Toolbar.

    The webmaster section is for those looking to have their site noticed by Google or not noticed. The second was an interesting addition. Most books cover how to get Google to see your site much more than how to keep from being seen. Google ads are also covered in-depth.

    The section on GMail was some of the most interesting topics.

    Overall I give the book an "A" and it is very conprehensive. To get the "A+", I would like to have seen additional coverage on the Google API.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Mosr excellent!

    By Anonymous

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    Comments about oreilly Google: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

    When people think of Google, they think of a place to search for various items. And while Google could be considered the definitive search engine, it's so much more. This updated edition of Google: The Missing Manual proves that. While the book's first two chapters discuss the Google search engine and ways to make your searching more fun, there's a lot more to Google.

    You can also use Google to find locations by using Google Images and Maps. Or use Froogle to find a good buy on various items you're looking for. There's also a wealth of information for WebMasters about Google, like making your site easier fore the Google searh bots to find, or finding out how many are visiting your site per day or week. And of course there's Google Mail (also known as Gmail), which allows you 2 GB of free space. All of these Google features are well described in this book.

    This is a wonderful resource if you spend a lot of time using Google.

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