Google Search Tips, Tricks and Techniques
All of us know, Google is the largest and most used search engine in the world. Millions of people use Google to find information everyday but many of them hardly find the exact search result they are looking for. Most of us are not aware about the Google Search Operators provided by Google that improves our search results. With the help of search operators we can use various search criteria to narrow down the search results.
Let us check some common Google Search Operator that will ease us to get exact search result
Search Exact Phrases
If you are looking for exact phrases, keep the search phrases in the quotation mark.
Example : “cheap and best travel destination”
Exclude a word
To search a content without another specific word, you may add hyphen (-) after the search text and exclude word after hyphen. The example below searches the word eclipse but exclude the pages with word “solar”.
Example : Eclipse-solar
Search in a specific website
If you know the website, you can search a content in a specific website by adding “site:domain.com” at the end of the search text
Example : london landmark quiz site:brainville.info
Search similar website
Google has a feature to searh a website that has a similar content compared to the website you know.
Example : related:brainville.info
Search all words in the text
You may search all the search keywords in the page as a text content as shown below.
Example : allintext:best travel destination
Search all words in the page title
If you want to search a content of website page title, you may use allintitle search operator as shown below
Example : allintitle:best travel destination
Search all words in the page URL
Google has also provided a feature to search content in the URL of the page only. If you use the search operator allinurl, only those pages will be listed, whose page URL contain all your search keywords
Example : allinurl:motivation and inspiration blog
Search specific file type
You may use filetype search operator to search a file with specific file extension in Google Search.
Example : filetype:pdf wordpress ebook
Search using wildcard
If you forgot some specific terms in your search keyword you may use wildcard (*) while Google Search.
Example : Mount (*) tallest mountain in the world
Beside above search operators the following symbols can also be used to search various type of search contents.
% : searching % value
@ : searching social tags
# : searching curretly trending social hash tags
$ : searching amount
& : searching related phrases
Some other common google search features
Weather : weather <location>
Stock : <Stock Quote>
Time : time <Location>
Dictionary : define : <word>
Calculator : 3*45 i.e Mathematical Expressions
Flight : <Flight Number>
Translation : <phrases> to <language>
Conversions : <amount> <unit 1> to <unit 2>
Google is already and incredibly useful for searching resources in the internet. Using above search techniques, you may further ease your search and use google as a research tool in your work.