Web Search Optimizer

The Web Search Optimizer provides additional search options for the web's common search engines. The Addon therefore adds a green button with a magnifying glass to the text boxes of those search engines.

Supported search engines by the Web Search Optimizer

Google

  • Indicate your most important keywords for your search
  • Specify your search results by type and time
  • Exclude results of price comparing websites
  • Extend the list of price comparing websites to exclude local comparing websites
  • Manage up to 6 own blacklists* to exclude unwanted content

Bing

  • Indicate your most important keywords for your search
  • Specify your search results by type and time
  • Exclude results of price comparing websites
  • Extend the list of price comparing websites to exclude local comparing websites
  • Manage up to 6 own blacklists* to exclude unwanted content

* What is a Blacklist?

A Blacklist is a list of terms or website names that should be excluded in the search results. These terms will be added to the search request to exclude respective content in the search results.


Moreover the Web Search Optimizer offers the following preferences:

  • Extend the standard list of price comparing websites with individual entries
  • Maintain your individual blacklist of unwanted content
  • Let results be opened in new browser tabs by clicking them

Version 0.9.5
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The Web Search Optimizer also is optimized and available for video search on Youtube. Available preferences:


Youtube

  • Indicate your most important keywords for your search
  • Exclude certain keywords
  • Limit search results on either videos, channels or playlists
  • Sort your results by relevance, date, popularity or rating
  • Filter your results for date of upload, length of the video, category or further features


Activate / Deactivate:

You are able to activate or deactivate the Web Search Optimizer directly within the browser. You will find a little blue widget in the bottom right corner of the browser window. The Addon will be activated or deactivated by clicking on it.



Free of ads

The Web Search Optimizer is by default free of ads. If you want to use the blacklist, you have to accept the display of ads. More information about the advertisement is available here.



Advertisement in the Web Search Optimizer when using the blacklist function

The Web Search Optimizer will display advertisement on one or another part of the shown website (only Google and Bing), if the user wants to use the blacklist function. This will be tried to be done as decent as possible to not disturb your web surfing experience. We decided to this step in order to buffer the development costs at least a bit.
If you do not want the advertisement you can disable this option in the settings for the Firefox addon. More information about the advertisement is available here.


The Web Search Optimizer will support your search on the web.



Planned features

  • Import / Export of blacklists
  • Additional widget function in the browser
  • Consider iGoogle (maybe)
  • Additional context menu functions
  • Information of new features after the update





This is how the Web Search Optimizer works with Google and Bing



After the Web Search Optimizer Addons has been installed the text box of either Google or Bing will be adjusted:





  • The green button at the end of the text box is your entrance to the Addon.
  • Clicking it will open the Web Search Optimizer.
  • Now you can start optimizing your search.





The Web Search Optimizer window will open:





  • On the top right you can close the panel.
  • In the upper range: 3 text boxes to describe the query:
    1. Text box - Equal to the standard search.
    2. Text box - Keywords or word groups, to be included in the results exactly.
    3. Text box - Exclude keywords and/or URL.
  • At the end of the text boxes you will find a gray (x), to delete the content of the boxes.
  • Ahead searching results might be limited further:
    1. Define the currentness of the search results.
    2. Limit results to certain file formats.
    3. Select your blacklists to filter the search results. The Edit button opens the blacklist settings panel where you can configure your personal blacklists.
  • Open links in new tab: Results will open in a new tab.
  • The "FAQ" link leads you to the questions asked frequently about the Web Search Optimizer.
  • "Help" leads you to the official helping pages.
  • "Feedback" leads you to the official feedback form.





Change blacklists of the Web Search Optimizer :





  • You can configure 6 personal blacklists with the Web Search Optimizer.
  • Select a blacklist from the upper 6 boxes. The configuration of the blacklist appears in the bottom part of the panel.
  • The first textfield (Name) contains the name of the blacklist. You can change the name via the button . (Exception: The first blacklist is the price comparer blacklist and the name of that list is not changeable.)
  • The second textfield (New Term) is used to add a new term to the blacklist. Add a new term into this field and click the button or press enter.
  • The list (Terms) below the second textfield contains the already added blacklist terms. You can delete a term by selecting the term and clicking the button or pressing del on your keyboard.
  • Finally, save your configuration by clicking the Save button.
  • Open links in new tab: Results will open in new tab.
  • The "FAQ" link leads you to the questions asked frequently about the Web Search Optimizer.
  • "Help" leads you to the official helping pages.
  • "Feedback" leads you to the official feedback form.


Find more help by clicking the question marks within the windows.


This is how the Web Search Optimizer works with Youtube



After the Web Search Optimizer Addons has been installed the text box of Youtube will be adjusted:





  • The green button at the end of the text box is your entrance to the Addon.
  • Clicking it will open the Web Search Optimizer.
  • Now you can start optimizing your search.





The Web Search Optimizer window will open:





  • You can close the window on the top right corner of the window.
  • In the upper range: 2 text boxes to define the query:
    1. Text box - Equals the standard search.
    2. Text box - Exclude keywords.
  • At the end of the text boxes you will find a grey (x), to delete the content of the boxes.
  • Now you can limit the results by type:
    1. All - No limitation of results.
    2. Videos - Show single videos only.
    3. Channels - Show channels of Youtube users.
    4. Playlists - Search for playlists containing wanted keywords.
  • There are further filters available for All and Videos:
    1. Sort: Change the order of results.
    2. Upload date: Define the result by date.
    3. Length: Only get results of a certain video length.
    4. Category: Focus results on popular categories.
    5. Features: Choose further features to define your search and results.
  • The "FAQ" link leads you to the questions asked frequently about the Web Search Optimizer.
  • "Help" leads you to the official helping pages.
  • "Feedback" leads you to the official feedback form.


Find more help by clicking the question marks within the windows.


Have fun searching!