10 Tips To Search Google Better
Just guess, you probably use Google many times a day. But, like most people, you probably still use Google in its simplest form. The list is by no means comprehensive. But, by learning and using the 10 tips below, you’ll be able to get better results faster. The search tips are intentionally short as you will more than likely learn more simply by trying these tips yourself. I suggest you bookmark this article, then they will be on hand during a desperate attempt to find something..
1. Search explicitly for a phrase:
Enclose the search phrase within double quotes.
Example: “internet marketing”
2. Exclude any results that contain a term:
Use the “-” sign in front of the word you want to exclude.
Example Search: internet marketing -advertising
3. Search within a site:
Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term.
Use the “site:somesite.com” modifier.
Example: “internet marketing” site:www.smallbusinesshub.com
4. Search Similar Words & Synonyms:
Let’s say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms.
Use the “~” in front of the word.
Example: “internet marketing” ~professional
5. Search By Document Types:
Use the modifier “filetype:”.
Example: “internet marketing” filetype:ppt
6. Get search results for one or more terms:
By default, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match.
Use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized).
Example: internet marketing OR advertising
7. Lookup Phone Listing:
If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up.
Use the “phonebook:” command.
Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note: the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results).
8. Lookup Area Code:
Just enter the 3-digit area code.
9. Calculate it:
Just type your expression in to Google.
Example: 48512 * 1.02
10. Find a Definition:
Simply use the “define:” command.