Google is a really powerful search engine. Not only for speed but ease and simplicity is a big winner among other search engines. Here are the 20 most useful tricks on how to search Google like a Pro.
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Have you tried searching phrases like:
“blogs similar to huffingtonpost.com”
“What are the best books from 2011 to 2014”
“article in Juan Investor that contains the word COL Financial”
Quite amazing, there are shorter and faster ways of searching these keyword phrases and saving a few seconds in striking your keyboard. Read on.
Table of Contents
This is the answer to example 1. To search for web pages that have similar content to a specific site, type “related:” followed by the website address in the URL.
Dash (to exclude a term)
If you want to exclude a term or a phrase, use the “-” symbol. -big fat liar will show pages that contain “fat” and “liar” but don’t contain “big”
If you want to search for .avi files or powerpoint documents or any type of file, use the “filetype:” operator. Ex. travel filetype:pdf
To find the meaning of a word, use the “define:” operator. Ex. define:tenacious
To do a specific calculation, simply type in the URL box and you can get the answer instantly. Use the basic operators like +, -, /, *, and parenthesis. Ex. (4^7/23+45)
This is faster than example 3. This is used to search for a particular word or phrase only on a specific site. site:juaninvestor.com colfinancial will search for “colfinancial” only in this blog
If you are searching for the exact phrase, use quotes. “best video compilation” returns pages that contain the exact phrase “best video compilation”
Find pages that link to a specific site or page by using the “link:” operator. Ex. link:lifehack.org
This feature searches for a range of numbers. Use the “..” operator to execute. In example 2, we can search for it like best books 2011..2014 and the results will be the best books from 2011 to 2014
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Search the weather for any city worldwide. Type “weather” followed by the city, state, zip code or country. Ex. weather talisay city, cebu
Convert weights, lengths, and other units of measure. Ex. 34 days in hours
Types of numbers
Google algorithms can recognize the pattern of numbers entered into the search bar. It can search for:
Telephone area codes
Package tracking 1Z9999W99999999999
Search anything in your city using the zip code. mexican food 90210
To search for a phrase in a specific category, use vertical search. If you like to search for a term specified in the book category, use book search.
Location of Term
By default, Google searches for the term within a web page. But if you just want to search it in specific locations, you can use operators like “inurl:”, “intitle:”, “intext:” and “inanchor:”. Those will search for a term only within the URL, title, body text, and the anchor text (text used to describe a link) Ex. intitle:sleepwalking
Use the “~” operator to find similar terms. Ex. ~juaninvestor – juan will return results containing “investor” like investor juan but not juaninvestor
The “*” symbol is a wildcard. This is used if you are trying to find a song but can’t remember the exact lyrics. Ex. “shower *love lyrics” will return to the song by Surface – Shower me with Your Love. You can also use it to find the term in a certain domain such as dogs *.edu
Either / OR
If you want pages that contain one or both of the terms, use the “|” (pipe symbol).
Ex. crazy | love will return pages containing crazy and/or love
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Search the phrase and Google will give you the answer!
If you can’t remember any of these operators, you can always use Google’s Advanced Search
Google is a very powerful search engine. Armed with these 20 amazing tricks, you should now be able to browse and Google efficiently!
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