I use Firefox as my browser. Amongst the Add Ons for that is a free program called 'Add to Search Bar 2.0'. Mine is optimized for Wizzley.
You can find it by following these steps (if you're on Firefox; if not, awww.)
- Click on Firefox, in the top left-hand corner of your toolbar.
- Click on 'Add Ons'.
- Select 'Get Add Ons'.
- Search 'Add to Search Bar 2.0 by Dr Evil' in the search bar located in the top right hand corner.
- Install it.
Alternatively, go to his open source page and download it from here.
Then any site with a search area can be added. Just click in the place where you'd search, right-click and select 'add to search bar'.
As you can see, I start with the default searches that come with a Firefox installation anyway.
Then I've added YouTube and Pixabay. The one that says 'Amnesty - Google Search' is actually Google images, but with advanced settings showing only public domain/free for commercial use images. That's my video and picture content for my articles sorted.
Below come the big affiliate sites on Wizzley, followed by the VigLink merchant search. The stores after that are all ones which I know are affiliated by them.
I merely type my product search in once, then click down the list to see what everyone has got on offer to match it.
The second freebie solves a problem for Google users outside the USA. We want to check its shopping pages, so we can locate stores which stock the items that we wish to display. But Google refuses point blank to let us search outside our own countries.
For example, my Traditional Welsh Dress article was starting to lack viable places in the USA to buy the costumes. Unusually, I had no joy hunting through the stores that we generally use, so I wanted to look further afield.
I clicked on Google's shopping search and typed in 'Traditional Welsh Dress'. I got loads! Well, I would. I'm in Britain, which is where this outfit comes from! But could I find it in America?
I had no idea. I could type in Google.com, but the coding would throw me back into Britain. I would try searching 'Welsh dress in America' and it would only show me British stores which shipped to the USA.
There was only one thing for it. I had to stop Google knowing where I was located, so that I could actually get search results meaningful to me. I used Proxify to conceal my IP address from Google's cookies, forcing its search engine to look at my query instead of myself. It worked.
Incidentally, that will work on any site. Not just the big one.