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    Typing into address bar versus using a search engine?


    If you look at the top searches for the famous search engines, a lot of the top searches are other well known websites. e.g. yahoo, myspace e.t.c

    I was wondering does anyone have any statistics comparing the percent of visitors that use a search engine to type a domain name to those that still use an address bar?
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    Old people who don't know how to use a browser.

    One would imagine the statistic varies depending on what your site is for. A programming site probably has people remembering the several-letter address, whereas shopping sites probably have a higher number of people who type "www.amazon.com" into google.

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    Also, a lot of browser address bars will forward to a search engine. For example if I type just yahoo into the search bar in Chrome it searches Google for "yahoo".

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    In most browsers, ctrl+enter will auto-complete the "www" and "com" portions of the address. type "google" and hit ctrl+enter, you should be taken to www.google.com in most browsers. There are other hotkeys for .net and .org, if I remember correctly.

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    My partner does it all the time! Types "www.facebook.com" into the Google seach, then follows the link. She's not old (well, I wouldn't dare tell her she is). I've even said "why not add it to your Favourites? She already had... but still bloody Googles for it!

    On the odd occasion when she types into the browser address bar (usually for her Yahoo! email account) she completely ignores the autocomplete and just carries on typing.

    I can't watch any more, does ma heid in :-(

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    Originally Posted by mikeatvillage
    My partner does it all the time! Types "www.facebook.com" into the Google seach, then follows the link.
    I do it by accident sometimes, especially on my [mobile-web-device-that-makes-phone-calls], but at least I know what I just did. Often I just copy and paste what I typed in the search bar into the address bar as intended.
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    Or the people who type the URL in the Google search bar You know you can't get out to the internet without "The Google."

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    Hehe, I do that sometimes too. Usually it's when I'm on somebody else's computer. If my memory doesn't fail in getting the URL right, typing it in certainly will.

    I use favorites on my computer, mostly.
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    I work tech support for a hosting company, a few weeks ago a guy called in about some of his pages not showing up correctly. After fighting with the guy for quite some time about the fact that his pages were perfectly fine I hear "well I type www.mydomain.com/somepage.html into Google and I don't see anything!" and I just about flipped my wig.

    I told him to type it into the address bar, not Google. "Ok, now this one comes up, but when I type this other page into Google..."

    Some people just don't understand that Google != the internet.
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    I've done it a few times by accidently mostly. Fairly often I'll open firefox, ctrl+l to get into the address bar but just as I start typing google's JS changes the focus to the search field and I don't notice.

    My parents used to do it a lot as well, but I think they have finally stopped.

    Something else I've noticed watching friends use the computer is people tend not to know about sub-domains. For example, my girlfriend, and some of my other friends always go to yahoo.com, login, then click on the mail link even though I've mentioned a few times they could just go to mail.yahoo.com and login directly from there.
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    Yes, sadly, very few people understand how the domain structure of the Internet works. Every site worth visiting is a dot-com, right? :lol:

    And some people don't even understand the term "web browser". Apparently they just click on the blue "e" icon to visit web sites. *shudders*
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    In 20+ years of "messing with computers" I've never even seen AOL :-)
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    Originally Posted by mikeatvillage
    In 20+ years of "messing with computers" I've never even seen AOL :-)
    I used it as an ISP for a while a long time ago. And I even still have an AOL email account though I've been slowly migrating off of it for a long while now.

    Have you ever used MSN or Compuserve as an ISP or did you always use a local dial-up provider (before switching to broadband, assuming you have switched)?
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    Originally Posted by Kravvitz
    And some people don't even understand the term "web browser". Apparently they just click on the blue "e" icon to visit web sites. *shudders*
    Yes I had a co-worker who was asking for some help and told her just open a open a web browser and go to X. Then she said she did not know what I was talking about. So I asked "How do you get to the the internet?". She replied: "Oh, you mean click on the blue E?"
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