I woke up this morning and was doing my normal routine until I was stopped dead in my tracks by Google’s creepy awesomeness. Somehow, when I was checking Google Now for the forecast of the day, it answered a question I had yesterday that I couldn’t find the answer to.
Yesterday I searched (and failed)
Now, I’m a damn good search manipulator – I even call myself a Google Whisperer in my various online profiles. If you’re not a damn good search manipulator, spend some time studying search operators and you’ll thank yourself for it. However, the key to finding answers starts with using the proper terminology. Identifying trade-specific terms is tricky and you’ll need to know it when you see it.
So here’s what happened
Yesterday I was searching for instructions on how to hyperlink sections in a Genesis theme front page. I wanted the button to just move to a lower section of the page (check out my home page to see what I mean). Well as you can see here in the screenshot of my search history, I was searching along the lines of “hyperlink to a section wordpress…” but it just wasn’t giving me what I wanted.
So I gave up
I figured eventually I’d stumble on the answer to this and I’ll just move on to other edits until serendipity takes its course. Well… I had no idea it was going to be in the form of Google Now and its wonderful good morning I got this morning. There I was checking the weather and I spot a card in Google Now saying How to Create Jump Links in WordPress. At first glance I had no idea what or why but something told me to take a double-take (I don’t really use Google Now other than weather). I don’t even know Wendy Cholbi, nor do I think I ever visited her site in the past (I usually remember when I land on a useful site; especially personal ones).
I have no idea how Google went about this creepy awesomeness. Why wasn’t this suggested in the search results? Did I just miss it? Was Google letting me wrap it up for the evening and go to sleep and they’ll give me the answer in the morning? Who knows…
Well anyway, thank you Google, and thank you Wendy for teaching me jump links – or what I thought I was searching for: hyperlink sections.