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Search Australia Help

The following are the main features of Search Australia.

  • You can find Search Australia in the menus on every JustLocal page.
  • Search Australia only provides results for domains using .au plus a few other selected sites.
  • Search Australia removes dozens of directory sites.
  • Search Australia provides single letter access to a number of services I provide and the main search engines.
  • Keywords can be entered into Search Australia to go direct to the site.
  • A personalised keyword list can be created and is stored locally using cookies.
  • Search Australia can be easily added as the default search for the main browsers.
  • Set Search Australia as your default home page.

Search Australia in JustLocal menus

If you can't find what you want locally then you need to look further afield using Search Australia. Search Australia is the search option in the menus on every JustLocal postcode page.

Search Australia only includes .au domains

Search Australia has been set up to only include the domains ending in: com.au, net.au, gov.au, edu.au, org.au, id.au, asn.au and selected sites. Normally when you search using one of the major search engines you'll be provided results which often list large overseas sites before Australian sites. Search Australia thus prioritises Australian sites making it easier to use the services of Australian businesses and organisations.

Search Australia removes dozens of directory sites

When people search often the only results they now get are directories making it harder to find the actual size. Search Australia excludes dozens of directory sites.

Single letter access to search engines and the services I provide

One of the major concerns I had is because around 95% of Australians search using Google, that means Google is able to track the activities of most Australians. By providing the ability to quickly use Bing and Yahoo are well, those who are concerned about their privacy can quickly send a search request to an alternate search engine. The theory is spread your searches across multiple search providers and a single search provider only then sees a smaller subset of your searches making it harder to profile you.

You can enter any of the following letters and go direct to the search engine, or enter the letter, a space and then what you want to search for, and your criteria will be passed across to the search engine for you.

G - Google

B - Bing

Y - Yahoo

In addition, I provide clients with a number of services and these can be accessed using a single letter, or a single letter followed by a space and then the criteria. For example, the letter "j" followed by a space and then a postcode will go direct to the JustLocal postcode page. Entering the letter "w" followed by a space and then a word will go direct to Word Check. Word Check provides a method to see if you are using using the preferred Australian English spelling of a word and the ability to check the meaning of a word.

J - JustLocal

W- Word Check

Keywords - Go direct to a site using a keyword

As a result of reading an article on the top searched sites in Australia I realised that when people search for the most popular companies and brands they end up on a Google page showing search results whereas they could have easily been sent direct to the desired site saving time. In addition, often the business they are looking for is shown further down the page or on the next page, which can mislead people causing them to go to the wrong site.

Initially I started with the top 20 sites and then extended to the top couple of hundred sites people search for.If you're looking for a company which is a household name, chances are if you enter the commonly used name for the company you'll go direct to their site. For example type in ANZ and you'll go direct to the ANZ site.

By using keyword access you save a considerable amount of time. How much time you may ask. Below is a sample of the keywords you can use with Search Australia. These keywords according to Google are searched for around 70 million times a month. Many searches that could just as easily go direct to the website. With the entire list of keywords there would be over a billion searches locally in Australia a year using the keywords. The search for the term Facebook by itself would be close to 300 million times a year. Those searches end up displaying Google search results. Entering Facebook or FB into Search Australia and you go direct to Facebook. Next time you perform a search and end up with a list of Google search results, ask yourself if perhaps there is a better way.

Commonwealth bank
National Australia Bank
Harvey Norman

Personalised Keyword List

We're all different so it makes sense our preferred sites also differ. Whilst we may use many of the common sites there will be sites that you regularly use which wouldn't make the top Australian site list. You can now create your own keyword list by selecting the My Keywords option.

Enter a keyword, a comma and then the site and click on Save and you've now added your own favourite site you can reach by entering a single keyword. You can even replace keywords if for example you go to a particular section of the site such as online banking.

Your keyword list is saved on your computer so it is unique to you. I'd suggest making a copy of your list because often as a computer support person I clear out people's temporary data to speed up their computer and cookies which are used to store your keywords would then be cleared. Copy and paste your keyword list and save into a file stored onto your computer.

Add Search Australia as your default Search Engine

The beauty of making Search Australia your default engine is not only do you get all the convenient features but you turn your search field into a quick access method to your favourite sites using your own keyword list.

Internet Explorer

In Internet Explorer all you need to do is to click on the Add Search Australia to Internet Explorer link, select Make Default and click OK and Search Australia becomes your default search engine. Now you can enter keywords direct into the address field in Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome

In Google Chrome the Add Search Australia to Chrome link adds the search engine as an option, but you will need to go into the settings and make the search engine the default search engine.

Go into Settings, Manage search engines and select Search Australia as the default. You hover your mouse over the Search Australia entry and click the Make default button.


For Firefox select Add Search Australia to Firefox and Search Australia becomes the default search using the search field in Firefox. If you want to add Search Australia to the address area as well you'll need to do this manually.

In the address area enter about:config
Click I'll be careful, I promise
In Search type keyword.URL
Double click on keyword.URL
Enter http://www.justlocal.com.au/go/index.php?q=
Click OK
Close the tab

Now you can enter your search criteria or keyword into the address area of Firefox.

Other browsers

Some browsers such as tablets and mobile phones don't have the ability to change the search engine. For some devices you can make Search Australia your home page, but if you can't do that then setting up a button on your home page to the page is often the easiest approach. It is also quick because all you need to do is press the home button and then select the icon and you'll go direct to the Search Australia page. Ideally however it would be good to simply have the feature as part of the browser as you can on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox.

For browsers where you can manually enter the search engine (such as the older version of Opera) you use the address as shown for Firefox and then often you'll need to enter something list %s after the equal sign.

Set Search Australia as your home page

Much to my surprise when I've been assisting clients supporting their computers and let them know an old trick I used to see if a client's computer had had their browser hijacked. I'd add my search engine to their browser and if it had been changed, it meant they'd either installed software which replaced the search engine, generally without their knowledge and against their wishes, or they'd been hijacked. Installing the search engine again was a quick fix and when time is money quick fixes which work are appreciated by clients.

What further surprised me was a number of clients also wanted to make Search Australia their home page. The home page and search engine are two places malicious programs usually affect/infect, so having both of these set to something the client can easily see, means they feel more confident their computer hasn't been hijacked at least with regards to their browser.

The 'Set as Home Page' link is provided to assist Internet Explorer users to set Search Australia as their home page. If you use another browser you'll need to manually set your home page.

Handy keywords

If find the following keywords I've added to the main list to be very useful

Weather (and BOM) for the Bureau of Meteorology site.
TV Melbourne (and other cities) - The Freeview online TV guide for the main capitals.
TV 7 (9, 10 and SBS) - Catch-up TV sites for the main channels


Please be aware that any search critera you enter into any search engine is recorded somewhere. Nothing is private online. In terms of the data entered into Search Australia your data will not be shared with others by Online Connections and will be treated with respect and appropriately confidentiality. The recent NSA Prism scandal shows us that many others may have access to our online data without our knowledge. Short of not using the internet that is outside our control.

Please enjoy Search Australia. I still have a couple of enhancements I will add to Search Australia but right now I find Search Australia to be extremely useful and I use it many times a day. Even when I want to search using Google I use Search Australia and simply enter G before what I want to search for. I don't lose any of the functionality of the search engines and I gain direct access to many of the sites I use every day. I trust you will find Search Australia as useful.


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