Change Default Location Bar Search Engine in Chrome

Google Chrome is nothing new to most of the web surfers; it’s amazingly fast and a very cool web browser to surf the internet. And the best part is that the browser loads fast and consumes less desktop space. I’ve been using this browser for years and I’ll continue using it until I find better browser around. Now, coming to the point, recently I’ve decided to switch my default location bar search engine in chrome from google to a relatively new and a cool search engine called “duckduckgo.com”.

Now, when I say location bar search engine, its not home page search engine, its the search engine that comes in when you type something in the location bar and hit enter.

The process is pretty straight if you want to change from google to bing or yahoo. The browser by default supports both the search engines. You can switch the search engines by visiting chrome settings page > (Under Basic) > Search; Choose the search engine you wanted.

But, what if you choose to use new search engines like duckduckgo.com, then the process is a bit tricky. So, here is how you can customize things.

Go to Google chrome settings page > (Under Basic) > Search.

Now, click on manage search engines button to add a new search engine.

Manage Search Engines Settings

Under, “other search engines”, you should add the search engine name, its domain name and the regular expression for the search engine query and hit enter. Check out the following snapshot to find out more.

Other Search Engine Settings

Now, it’s time to make the newly added search engines as the default one. Right above the “Other search engines” you should now find the search engine, you have added. Just place the mouse over the new search engine and on the right hand side you should notice, something that says make default. Now, click on it to make the newly added site as your default location bar search engine.

Default Search Engine Settings

Now, when you type a keyword or group of them in your location bar and hit enter, you should see the results from duckduckgo.com. So, hope you guys enjoyed this. You can even add your blog (if you have) in the default search. I have tested this with labnol, otherwise called as (Digital Inspiration) (check 2nd snapshot for settings).

This article is written by Provamsi. A software engineer by profession and passionate blogger by interest. Works for a networking company in chennai and blogs for India365 and LondonGeekUK. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.

Analyze Keyword Traffic Using Google Analytics

Analyzing keyword traffic of your blog or a website on daily basis is a really good habit. It would be great if you could do that on monthly and yearly basis (which is quite possible). Analyzing your traffic can help you in many different ways, one of the greatest advantage is that it allow you to keep track of things that are happening around your blog. It also shows the trends for the important keywords that fetch traffic to your blog or website. So, in this article, I’m gonna tell you, how you can compare the search engine keyword traffic generated by your blog on daily basis.

STEP1: Login to your Google Analytics Account and click on the Account Name you want to track.

GA Accounts

STEP2: Under website profiles page, click on View report.

GA - Profiles

STEP3: Just below the right hand corner you should find monthly date range as shown in the following screenshot. Now, click on the small triangle.

Advanced Segments

STEP4: Now, check the check box that says, “compare to past” and select the date ranges and click on apply. This should take you to a new dashboard.

Advanced Segments All Visits

STEP5: On the new dashboard, look for “Traffic Source Overview” and click on “View Report”.

Traffic Source Overview

STEP6: Now, scroll down the bottom to find “Top Traffic Sources”. Under that, you should find two sections. One is “Sources” the other is the “Keywords”. Scroll down to the end of the “Keywords” section and click on “view full report”.
That’s all, you are done. You can now compare keyword traffic generated by search engines for your blog based on the dates you specified in the initial stages.