Many sites are hard to navigate, don’t have sitemaps and have local searches that are mediocre at best. When I want to find information on a given site, I have to try to figure out what the designer was thinking and where they might have put various links and information. But I recently realized that I needn’t waste my time searching around sites, because the Google bot has already done this for us.
All I need to do is use the site: operator on Google. I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks instead of searching a site and it has saved me loads of time. If I know a site has what I’m searching for, I use my Google quick search bookmark and type g site:example.com search phrases and voila, I find what I’m looking for with the same Google results page that I’m already familiar with.