It is very simple to Google, i.e. to search and get the relevant information you want. But for certain people using Google many times a day, unless you are a technology geek, you probably still use Google in its simplest form. In current scenario use of Google is limited in typing few words and searching for what you want and changing the key phrase until you get what you are looking for. Here is the few better way to use Google which is not hard to learn.
The given Google search tips are based on Google operators which I find it actually useful for all the Google User. I have listed 12 tips below in order to get your desired result up front. But, I assure you that by learning and using the 12 tips and implementing this will get you the actual result which you are looking for.
- Explicit Phrase:
- Exclude Words:
- Site Specific Search:
- Similar Words and Synonyms:
- Include Words:
- Specific Document Types:
- This OR That:
- Phone Listing:
- Area Code Lookup:
- Stock (Ticker Symbol):
- Word Definitions:
Let say if you are looking for result related to Search Engine. Instead of just typing search engines in search box, you will get the better result by searching explicitly for the phrase. For this use the Double quotes (“) at the front and back of your search terms.
Example: “search engine”
If you are searching for content related to Internet marketing, and you want to exclude the term called promotion. To do this, use minus operator (-) in front of the word you want to exclude.
Example Search: internet marketing -promotion
Often people search for a related content in a specific website for the key phrase. Not Every site support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. You need to use ‘site:’ followed by your search terms.
Example: “search engine” site:www.example.com
Let’s say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the “~” in front of the word.
Example: “search engine” ~techniques
If you are searching for content related to Internet marketing, and you want to include the term called promotion. To do this, use concatenate operator (+) in front of the word you want to exclude.
Example Search: internet marketing +promotion
Let say that you are looking to find results that are of a specific file type you can use the modifier “filetype:” For example, if you want to find PDF file related to search engines, use the below technique
Example: “search engines” filetype:pdf
By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized).
Example: internet marketing OR advertising
Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don’t know how it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature.
Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note: the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results).
If all you need to do is to look-up the area code for a phone number, just enter the 3-digit area code and Google will tell you where it’s from.
Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumb-nail chart for the stock.
Find the definition for any term quickly using “define:” command. It will give the definition for the term you are searching for.
Google help you to perform any simple calculation quickly. Instead of searching for calculator at the time of quick calculation you can just type your expression in to Google.
Example: 48512 * 1.02
Hope the above list of Google Search Tips will help you in future Google searches. If there are any other Google expert power tips that I’ve missed, please feel free to share them in the comments.