No address bar?

Friday, June 15, 2007 at 18:41 | Posted in browsers, google, internet | 6 Comments

I was just browsing search arguments that have brought visitors to this blog. I detected that two visits were generated by an exactly correct URL to an entry in this blog. That is to say that somebody, who already knew the URL, had entered it into Google rather than their browser’s address bar? No “link:” argument, just those URL’s.

Beats me, is there a browser without an address bar? Just to be sure, I also googled those URL’s. And surprise, surprise! Google returned links exactly where you would expect. 🙂


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  1. Usualy Google will call the related site into the browsers window when you enter a valid url into the search field.

  2. Depends on you Google settings, Peter. But still, first getting to Google and then entering the exact URL of a specific post in my blog takes two steps. If they already knew the exact URL they could have reached it with one step by entering it in the address bar. Unless they have a peculiar browser without one. 🙂

  3. Actually its just a typo: For instance somebody enters ‘larko,’ into his address bar (note the comma). IE can’t find the site and handles the faulty address to the primary search handler who shows ‘’ as the first search result. The user then normally sees that he mistyped the address and corrects it in the Google search bar as the address bar shows something like ‘’ And then the user just clicks on the first search result. 🙂

  4. Thanks, Erik! This makes sense, unlike a browser with no address bar. 🙂

  5. Maybe the user just didn’t realize that the cursor was active in the Google search box in Firefox, instead of the address bar.

    Happens to me now and then..

  6. That is a chance, Mark. However, I had two such visits to two different posts about one specific topic.

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