How Enterprise Organizations Can Make Use Of File Conversion

Inefficiency is one of the main causes that hinder many enterprise-level companies from improving their revenue. The optimization of file conversion done in your organization can be a step towards efficiency and thus also improvement.

This blog article will show you why using a reliable and efficient file conversion API can help your company to enhance the workflow and file conversion in general.

 

Why Use Online File Conversion?

First, lets have a look at why your enterprise organization should leave file conversion to online services like online-convert.com. The improved efficiency is displayed in many parts of a company. Such as:

  • Time saving
    • Reduce time that is otherwise manually spent on converting files
  • Sped up processes
    • Digital distribution of documents can be facilitated which improves the workflow
    • Accessing vital information and documentation in a digitized form
    • Make information available for workers & customers using different platforms and devices
  • Money saving
    • Reduce costs of papers & printing as well as distribution of non-digital files
    • Pay for one service that can do it all instead of purchasing & maintaining several programs
    • Reduce or even eliminate hardware and maintenance costs by using an online solution
  • Bundling tasks
    • Replace many processes with just one which results in easier trouble shooting & less deflection

These are just a few reasons how your company could improve by using one solution for all file conversion needs you have. With the right solution, you can save money and clear resources and time that can be spend on other, important tasks.

 

What’s The Best Solution For My Company?

With online-convert.com you have two choices when it comes to integrating file conversion into your workflow:

  • Manual file conversion
  • Automated file conversion via API

On the online-convert.com website, users can manually upload and convert files using our intuitive web service. All you need to do is register your company or single employees for a free account. Depending on the company’s file conversion needs, premium plans allow conversion of larger and more simultaneous files.

In order to automate the process of file conversion, enterprise organizations have the option to directly integrate file conversion in their applications and systems. This can be done by using the versatile and fast online-convert API. Information about the API can be found here: API documentation.

 

Advantages Of API Conversion For Enterprise Organizations

Using the API solution for automated file conversion comes with even more advantages than just an automated process.

 

Questions?

You have any questions about how file conversion can be integrated into your company workflow? We will help you to find the perfect solution for both manual and automated file conversion. Send us an email to time2help@online-convert.com and we will advise you in all questions regarding:

  • API usage
  • Pricing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Invoicing
  • and more

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How To Mute Tabs In Google Chrome

Mute Google Chrome

If you’ve been on the internet, you have surely met one of it’s most annoying traits: audio adverts. Like auto-playing videos, ads that play audio disturb your usual browsing experience. Luckily, at least when it comes to Google’s Chrome browser, there are a few ways on how to fight against these noisy, loud and intruding sounds.

Learn How To Stop Videos From Autoplaying On Browsers

Unfortunately, not even we can stop ads from popping up and playing music or weird voice overs in a new browser tab. But we can tell you how to mute tabs in Google Chrome! This is not only helpful for those noisy ads, but also for blogs that play background music, embedded HTML5 players and more!

 

How To Mute Google Chrome Tabs

Chrome is already doing us a huge favor by indicating which of the many tabs we have open are actually playing music. You can easily identify them by the small speaker icon inside the tab-description:

This makes it easy to find the annoying tab and simply close it. If you still need it, however, there are two other ways to mute Chrome tabs.

 

1. Mute Tab Via Right-Click

This works with tabs playing music as well as tabs that do not even have audio or a video playing. Hover over the tab and right-click. In the menu, choose “mute tab” and that’s it. The tab will be muted until you un-mute it again.

 

2. Set A Flag To Mute Tabs With One Click

If you want a faster way to mute your tabs in Chrome, there is a flag you can set to easily do so. In order to set this flag in your browser, enter the following into your browsers URL field:

chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting

There, click on “Enable” under “Tab audio muting UI control”. Afterwards, a relaunch of your browser will be needed. Once restarted, you can find a minimal change when it comes to the small speaker icon shown above. Now, when hovering your mouse over it, it changes to a crossed out speaker symbol.

Now, all you need to do, is click on the speaker and the tab will be muted!

 

Note:

Please note that muting a tab will NOT pause the video or music that is playing. It will merely mute the tab so you can’t or don’t have to hear the sound anymore. If you want to pause a video that is open in another tab, you have to go to the respective tab and pause it.


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What’s The Difference Between MP4 And MPEG-4

There are so many different video files and video container formats out there, it’s easy to lose track of them all. Most of the time, you can tell them apart rather easily, but what if they are named almost identically.

MP4 and MPEG-4 (or MPEG4) are two formats that are easily confused with each other. They seemingly only differ by two letters. Yet, there is more that differentiates those two entities. Lets find out what the difference between MP4 and MPEG-4 is and which one you are more likely to use.

 

MP4 vs. MPEG-4

 

Similarity

Before concentrating on the difference between the two notions, lets have a look at the similarities. There is one more instance in which MPEG-4 and MP4 are rather similar, and that’s their association. Both terms are associated with video media files. Yet, this is where the similarity ends.

 

Differences

While the similarities and associations of MP4 and MPEG-4 are rather negligible, the differences are striking. The main difference lies within their functions:

  • MPEG-4 is a video encoding algorithm
  • MP4 is a media container format

This means that MPG-4 is responsible for how the images a video consists of are compressed and presented as view-able data. Thus, this encoding is responsible for the quality of the video rather than the file extension.

MP4 containers can contain video data encoded in MPEG-4, but it has nothing to do with the actual video quality. Instead, it determines how the video and audio data alongside other information such as languages and subtitles are stored.

 

To be specific, MP4 files are defined under a specific part of MPEG-4 encoding, namely under MPEG-4 part 14. However, MPEG-4 encoded videos can be found in other video containers as well. However, MP4 video containers can also contain MPEG-4 video data that has been encoded with other codecs such as: DivX, Quicktime, X264 or Xvid.


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5 Reason Why To Convert Video To MP3

One of the many advantages of Online-Convert.com is conversion across different file categories. There is more than just converting images or document from one format to the other!

That way, you have so many more possibilities. You can easily turn a video into an animated GIF or a presentation into a video. You can even extract text from a picture. For a more complete list, you can check this article about what’s possible with cross-conversion. In this article, however, we want to focus on one very particular cross-category conversion and why you need it:

 

From Video to Audio

Converting a video file like MP4, WEBM or MOV to audio is only one of the more special conversions possible on Online-Convert.com . But why would you want to convert a movie or video clip to MP3, OGG or AIFF even? The following 5 reasons might give you an idea about that.

 

1. Gather Sound Effects

Are you a passionate music mixer or you like to create videos using different (funny) sound effects? Then there is an easy way to get some. The background atmosphere of a busy city, birds chirping, a dog barking, someone laughing… Movies and video clips are filled with such ambient noise and sound effects you can extract my converting the video to audio. Simply

 

2. Extract Famous Movie Quotes

Movies are a big part of pop culture. The characters we see on screen have the potential to become icons for style and a whole generation. As do the things they say. Quotes from classic movies have been incorporated into songs ever since and now you can do so too! Or are you preparing a quiz about movie quotes? Do not simply read them but let them play to your audience without any visual clues to give away the answer beforehand!

 

3. Video Creation

When learning how to create and edit videos, many people turn to fan-made creations. There are plenty that can be found on YouTube that consist of different video clips, music and quotes or news reports cut and mixed together.

If you want to try and dabble in this field as well, you need to gather all the necessary clips you need form different movies. And, of course, you have to collect your audio parts as well. Instead of playing the clip with the quote, saying or scene you want the audio only, convert it to MP3 and place it into your video without the video content of the original source.

 

4. Create Your Own Audio Book

This is not only a great idea for children! Of course, cartoons are perfect for this kind of conversion, but many stories that do not need much explaining can easily be converted into an audio book or audio drama. Maybe you can even find videos of people reading a part of their own book or a short story! Convert them and listen to them on your way to and from work, on a longer drive or on your phone.

 

5. Extract Music From Videos

Sometimes it is incredibly difficult to get your hands on a certain piece of movie score or song that was played in a very specific version during the movie. But there is a way how to listen to it nonetheless without having to watch the movie again. Likewise, you can extract music from a music video of your favorite band that you can not find on iTunes or Spotify. Remixes, special versions or covers of popular songs are often difficult to come by, but by converting the clip you heard it in to MP3, for example, you can listen to it whenever you want.


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5 Reasons Why You Need Online Video Conversion

There are many reasons for why you need video conversion – especially in our modern, technological world. Today, we want to explore 5 of these reasons. And not only that! We will also show you why an online solution is oftentimes the better solution!

 

Top 5 Reasons To Use Online Video Conversion

1. Watch Videos On All Devices

Some mobile phones, especially older ones, can not handle all videos and codecs. In order to view your videos on all your devices, however – may it be a tablet or iPad, Android phone or iPhone, or even an iPod – it may be needed to converted them to a universally supported format.

There are different ways to do so:

  1. MP4 videos are supported by most modern devices
  2. An older video format specifically for 3G phones is 3GP, however
  3. You can optimize your videos for Android, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone or iPod
  4. Even optimization for different gaming consoles is possible, e.g. Nintendo 3DS, Playstation, Nintendo Wii or XBOX

No matter what you decide for, these converters can help you to correctly open and view your videos on the phone, console and tablet of your choice.

 

2. Save Videos From Social Media

Sharing funny videos on social media is nice and all, but what if you want to save them? Either to store them or to watch them while not being connected to the web? Downloading these videos is always not as easy as uploading them. No matter if you want to download a video from Facebook or Instagram, we got you covered. You can even save old Vines that can still be viewed on the site even though Vine is no more.

 

3. Basic Video Editing

Your video is upside down? Or tilted to the side? Or is it simply too big to be sent via WhatsApp or another messenger? An online video converter can help even here!

Changing the file size as well as the screen size is an easy thing, but you can go even more in depth. Frame rate, bit rate and audio quality can be toggled by you as well. Furthermore, online video conversion allows you to mirror or flip a video or even cut parts of the video so you won’t have to save or send the whole file!

 

4. Social Media Doesn’t Support GIFs

Animated GIFs are popular since they loop one (funny) sequence over and over. To say it in short, they focus on the relevant parts. And yet, many social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram do not support the upload and display of animated GIFs. Instead, they only show a still image of the first frame of the animation. This is not what we want to share with our friends, family and followers when we upload a GIF!

This can be helped when you convert the animated GIFs (back) to video. Depending on your settings, videos loop on Facebook and Instagram as well and they can easily be uploaded to both platforms.

 

5. Online Is Better

Now, why should you do all of this online, you ask? There are actually several reasons for that:

  1. No installation. You don’t need to install any software to your computer or another app on your phone. Simply use the website to get your videos converted.
  2. Do it from anywhere. There is no need to be at home or on your own computer. With the online video conversion you can convert and edit your videos from any computer or mobile device as long as you have a working internet connection.
  3. No viruses or malware. Downloading a file for software installation is always a risk to infest your computer with a virus. When there is nothing to download but your file, however, those risks are significantly smaller.

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How To Prepare Your Videos For WhatsApp

WhatsApp Videos

Social Media is a great way to share your videos with your friends, family and colleagues – and with the world. What we post on social media is, depending on the privacy settings of our profiles, visible for everyone. Everyone can see our pictures, read our statuses, watch our videos. Hence why some things should better not be shared on social media.

Want to share them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter still? Check out how to upload videos to social media.

 

Luckily, there is another easy and convenient way to share photos and videos with other people – without putting it out there for “everyone” to see: WhatsApp. WhatsApp is more than just a tool to send text messages to one another. It allows us to share images, videos, even animated GIFs with single people and even a whole group of friends.

Today, we want to have a look at how you can get your videos ready and perfect to send and share them using WhatsApp.

 

What you need:

  1. An video
  2. WhatsApp on your phone or WhatsApp Web
  3. A free online video converter

 

How To Get Your Video Ready For WhatsApp

Before we can get our video ready for sending it over WhatsApp, we have to know the specifications of videos allowed to be uploaded and sent using the app. The following table will give a short overview of what is known about videos that can best be sent, received and watched using WhatsApp:

Max. File Size Max. Length File Formats Specifications
16 MB ca. 3 Minutes recommended:

  • MP4

other:

  • AVI
  • MKV
  • H264 or MPEG4 video codec
  • AAC or AC3 audio codec

 

Both MP4 and AVI are video container formats that can contain different codecs for both audio and video streams. This could cause trouble when trying to watch a video you received via WhatsApp. If your phone or device does not support the codec used in the sent video, you can not view it. However, if you convert your video and optimize it as best as possible for WhatsApp, you increase the chance of everyone you send the video to being able to watch it.

Let’s see how you can do that. Of course, you need your video. We are using a file with a 3GP format.

 

1. Open the MP4 converter

The advantage of using such an online version in comparison to a program or app is that you can always use it from everywhere. There is no need to install anything, simply follow the link.

 

2. Upload your file

There are different options for you to upload your video:

  1. Directly from your phone or hard drive
  2. By entering a link
  3. Uploading it from your cloud storage (Dropbox or Google Drive)

 

3. Use the optional settings

As the name suggests, these options are optional. However, they can be important when looking at the specifications of videos for WhatsApp. Two settings in particular are vital for that:

  • Set file size
  • Cut video

Since WhatsApp restricts the video size in two ways, file size and length, you can use those settings to cut your video and make it smaller so WhatsApp can process them.

 

4. Even more optional settings

As you can see on the screenshot above, there are more settings you can use to alter and optimize your video. Especially for videos recorded on a phone, the last two options can be interesting. If your video is upside-down or tilted to the side, you can easily rotate it so other people can view it correctly. Furthermore, you can mirror or flip the video as well.

 

5. Convert and upload

Once you did or did not set your optional settings, you can click on “Convert file”. On the next page, you can then download the MP4 file. Depending on the size of your video, it might take a while to upload and process it. But once this is done, you can go ahead and share it on WhatsApp with your friends and family!


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What Does The p In 720p Stands For?

When you are editing and saving videos, you might have seem them before; numbers with a little p behind them. Even when you are just a casual YouTube watcher, you must have seen them before when checking the quality settings of the video you are watching. This already gives you a hint for what these numbers stand for: they are display or video resolutions.

The most common video resolutions you will come across today are 480p, 720p, 1080p or 2160p.

But what does that mean? What does the p stand for? We have the answer!

 

What Is The p In Screen Resolutions?

In short, p stands for pixels.

In combination with the number, this designation gives you an idea of how many rows of pixels – from top to bottom – are contained in a video, TV set or screen. In case of High Definition (HD) for example, it means that videos or TV sets in HD typically have 720 rows of pixels, since it is referred to as 720p.

Subsequently, this explains the better resolution or “image” of HD screens compared to SD, or 4K compared to HD. Videos shot in 4K have a resolution of 2160p, meaning there are 2160 rows of pixels compared to only 720 rows of pixels in HD.

Here’s a quick overview of the most common resolutions:

  • SD: 480p / 576p
  • HD: 720p / 1080p
  • 4K: 2160p
  • 8K: 4320p

 

Read more about the difference between SD, HQ, HD & 4K.

 

And what is 1080i?

The i here stands for interlaced. Videos recorded or shot in 1080i have a set frame rate of 60 frames per second, creating duplicated frames that are displayed separately. However, they are displayed faster than the human eye can notice.

The disadvantage of 1080i is that, in fast moving scenes, the shots may appear blurry or flickering. Thus, when compared directly, 1080p is preferred over 1080i.


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Turn Animated GIFs Into Video [TUTORIAL]

From Animated GIF to Video

Animated GIFs, images that loop clips like a video, are very popular. They are used to express different moods or react to posts on social media or elsewhere online. They capture short sequences of a video or animate still images to loop after one another.

Sadly, animated GIFs are not supported by all social media platforms yet. Facebook and Instagram, for example, disable the animation. If you upload an animated GIF to either of them, all you will be able to see is the first frame of the image. Thus, it might be interesting and even necessary to convert your animated GIF to video. That way, you can post it almost everywhere!

 

What you need:

  1. An animated GIF
  2. A browser and working internet connection
  3. This online video converter

 

Convert An Animated GIF to Video

Following, you will find the tutorial on how to turn your animated GIF into a video.

For the conversion, we suggest you use the MP4 video format. This format is widely supported by most social media platforms and devices. This will make sure that your video can be viewed in the largest number of browsers, players and devices.

The GIF we will use for this tutorial was taken from Giphy.com.

 

1. Go to your online video converter

As stated above, we suggest you use a MP4 converter for this for maximum support of your converted video. Thus, all you have to do is follow this link: video.online-convert.com/convert-to-mp4

 

2. Upload your GIF

There are three possibilities to upload your GIF:

  • Upload it from your hard drive
  • Enter a URL to a GIF (we would have to use http://i.giphy.com/Ol2yHMEFJdYEo.gif )
  • Upload a GIF from Dropbox or Google Drive

 

3. Convert your file

The optional settings can be ignored for a simple conversion of animated GIFs to video. Thus, head straight to the bottom of the form and click on “Convert file.”

 

4. Receive your video

You will be immediately redirected to the page where you can download your new video. Depending on your browser, it will be automatically saved on your computer or you will be asked where to save the MP4. Using iOS devices, you might have to save the video to Dropbox since the iPhone, for example, doesn’t allow you to save files from the browser.

 

And that’s it! Now, you have your animation saved in a versatile video format!

GIF Video

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The Difference Between YouTube And Vimeo [INFOGRAPHIC]

YouTube is undoubtedly the number one video platform today, nearly unrivaled. And yet, there are other platforms out there in the web that offer the possibility to watch, upload and earn money with videos.

Which platform is the best for you to market you videos or find the right ones to watch? With this comparison of YouTube and probably its biggest rival, Vimeo, we will shed some light on this. Maybe it is worth to stray from the obvious choice of YouTube and consider Vimeo instead.

 

You might also be interested in:

 

YouTube Or Vimeo – What’s The Difference?

Before we dive into the differences between the two platforms, lets have a look at what makes them similar.

 

The Similarities

Both websites have a big archive of videos that are free to view. Even though Vimeo came to life a few months before YouTube, the latter has a way larger archive and selection though. Viewing the videos is fairly easy on both websites and no account is needed to view the publicly available videos other users uploaded to the platforms.

To upload your own videos, however, you need to register for a free account. Then, you can upload your videos either publicly or privately and share the link to it with your friends as well as embed the videos on any html page.

 

The Differences

The basic idea and functions of both platforms are, more or less, the same. The differences can be found in the details, however.

While Vimeo allows videos up to a size of 500 MB to be uploaded, YouTube lets you upload videos as big as 20GB. However, Vimeo offers its users different premium packages that come with a higher weekly and annual disk space.

Both platforms do not have a limitation for the video length, however high quality, length and resolution usually result in videos of a higher size. Furthermore, YouTube allows for a better quality of videos, namely HD, HDR, 4K and 8K. Compared to that, Vimeo allows the upload of videos up to 720p only. YouTube also supports 3D and 360° videos which Vimeo doesn’t.

 

When it comes to monetizing via a video platform, YouTube and Vimeo differ a lot as well. On YouTube, the main way to earn money is via YouTube ads. Of course, a higher number f subscribers and views is helpful to get more money via ad revenue. When the numbers are high, however, other ways of making money can be considered, like collaborations with other YouTubers and brands. Vimeo comes with a different approach. The main feature here is Vimeos own video on demand service “Vimeo on Demand” (VoD). Users of some of the premium packages can upload videos that can only be viewed after a user pays to do so.

While YouTube thus enables private persons and individual people to easily make a few bucks, Vimeo’s focus lies on companies and film makers that provide their shows, taping and movies via VoD.

 

Overview

To sum the previous up, here’s an overview if the similarities and differences of the two platforms.

YouTube Vimeo
Founded February 2005 November 2004
Video viewing yes yes
Video uploading yes yes
File size limit 20 GB 500 MB
Video quality HD up to 1080p
HDR
4K
8K
HD up to 720p
3D yes no
Video on demand planned Vimeo On Demand
Amount of videos ~ half a Billion ~ 1 Million

 

Which One Should I Use?

Knowing about all these differences between YouTube and Vimeo, we can now have a look at which platform should be the best for you.

  • When it comes to uploading videos, YouTube provides you with bigger file sizes and higher resolutions for the uploaded videos as well as the possibility to upload 3D videos.
  • If you want to reach a bigger and more diverse audience, you should upload your videos to YouTube. However, to get the best of it, you should consider uploading your video to both platforms.
  • When it comes to earning money with your videos, there are two different approaches.
    • On YouTube, you can monetize using ads. High numbers of views and subscribers help to gain more. → perfect for all kinds of people
    • On Vimeo, you can make your videos available only for people that pay a certain fee to view them. → perfect for film makers and sports or film companies

The Ultimate Guide To Google Search


Google has managed to evolve from a simple search engine on the internet, to a powerful media mogul. Hey, to google was even added to the dictionary in the year 2006, making it an official word in not only the English language. Thus, it’s only natural that many people use it each and every day to find information on the internet.

However, who feeds Google with search terms randomly is often times confronted with paid ads, unanswered forum entries for their questions or other inadequate search results. Thereby it is so easy to narrow you search requests to find what you are looking for.

 

Improve Your Google Search Results

Following, we from Online-Convert.com have gathered the most valuable Google search operators that you really should start using. They will help you to filter search results or generally improve your search behavior on Google.

Lets start!

 

“” – Search for a specific phrase

When you enter your question in Google, it often happens that you are presented with many search result that only loosely relate to your actual question. This is because your question will be split up into its parts to deliver as many potentially helpful results as possible. Sadly, his sometimes defies the cause. By putting your search terms in quotes, Google will search for this exact phrase only.

"How to convert from text to mp3"

 

– – Exclude search terms

Likewise, many search terms may be related to an area or concept that you are not looking for. In order to filter out these unwanted results, you can exclude certain search terms by simple putting a minus in front of the term.

conversion -religion

 

+ – Include stop words

So-called stop words like “the” and “a” are usually filtered out by Google. With the help of a plus inserted before the stop word, however, you can trigger Google to include it in their search.

convert +a video

 

* – Search with a placeholder

The asterisk in a google search request functions as a placeholder for a whole word. Unfortunately, it can not be used as a genuine truncationand only whole words can be replaced with the placeholder. Thus, search requests like “convert to mp*” would not deliver satisfying results.

convert MP3 to *

 

OR – Combine search results

With the simple operator OR you can combine two searches into one. When put between two search terms, Google will look for results that contain either of the two search terms. This will spare you the time of issuing two separate searches.

iPhone OR Android

 

define: – Find definitions

Sometimes we do not really search for long and exhaustive information. Sometimes, a simple definition of a technical term or difficult concept is all that is needed. Here, the operator define: can be used to quickly get a definition of what you are looking for.

define:encryption

 

site: – Filter for sites or areas

Using the site:-operator will help you to filter your search results for specific areas or even sites. You can thus either filter to find search result in a certain language or all articles and content from a specific website for your search term.

Bon Jovi site:es
MP4 site:www.online-convert.com

 

ext: / filetype: – Filter for file extensions

These interchangeable operators are especially useful if you want to find a certain document or other file type on the web. It allows you to find PDF documents or whole PowerPoint presentations as well as audio files like MP3 and more.

Elections 2016 ext:pdf
Mariah Carey filetype:mp3

 

#..# – Filter for numerical range

If you are looking for a certain product and you only want results shown in a certain price range, the ..-operator can filter your Google search already. Simply put two dots in between the two numerals.

iphone 6 100..200

 

link: – Filter for linking pages

The link:-operator helps you to find websites that link to a certain page. This is not only valuable for people concerned with SEO and backlinks, but also for finding (blog) articles that refer to a certain source.

link:www.online-convert.com

 

inurl: / allinurl:– Search website URLs

If you are not looking for information linked to a specific search term, but a website that contains the term in their URL, you can use an operator instead of having to scroll through millions of search results. Simply use inurl: in front of your search term and Google will list websites that contain them in their URL. Using the altered allinurl:-operator comes in handy when you are searching for more than one search term. This way, Google will search for website URLs that contain all search terms.

inurl:convert
allinurl:convert online mp3

 

related: – Find related websites

Using the operator related: in combination with a website URL, google will list a number of websites that are similar to the search term. That way, resources and information on different pages that are related by content can be easier identified.

related:www.google.com

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