Although most internet users use Google several times a day, many of them can only perform basic searches. A basic search simply means typing a few words into the search box and hitting enter or clicking the search button. If this doesn’t produce the desired results, most of us will just keep changing the search phrase until we get exactly what we want.
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Tips to Search Google Like An Expert
There is an easier way to get the right search results in a shorter amount of time. Below are some useful tips and examples to help you search Google like the experts do.
Search a Specific Site (site:)
Did you know that you can use Google to search a specific website even when the website doesn’t have a built-in search feature? This search phrase will search for the term “online marketing” on wikipedia.org
site:wikipedia.org “online marketing”
Use Double Quotes (“”)
When you use double quotes around the search phrase, you are telling Google to search for that exact phrase. This search phrase is more likely to deliver results relevant to online marketing. Searching for an exact phrase works particularly well with long phrases such as lyrics or quotes.
Exclude Certain Results (-)
When searching for content on internet marketing, you may want to exclude all references to advertising. Use a minus sign (-) immediately before the word you would like to exclude. Note that there should be a space before the minus sign.
online marketing –advertising
Synonym Search (~)
When you use this (~) sign in your search phrase, Google will broaden the scope of your search to include similar words and synonyms. This search phrase will not only deliver results on internet marketing but also online marketing and web marketing.
Specific File Type (filetype:)
If you are searching for a specific document type such as Microsoft Office documents, use “filetype:” This search phrase will deliver Microsoft Office documents with information on website marketing.
“website marketing” filetype:docx
The “OR” Operator
By default, Google only searches for the words specified in the search phrase. The OR operator allows you to search for several variations of the search terms at once. This search phrase will deliver results on both internet marketing and internet advertising. Note that OR should be in CAPS to work properly.
online marketing OR advertising
If someone calls you on your cell phone and you have no idea who it is, you can use Google’s phonebook feature to find out who called you. The search results will include all pages that have the specified phone number. Note that the above number is not a real phone number. You have to use a real phone number for the phonebook feature to work.
Area Code Lookup
Did you know that you can look up any area code on Google? To do this, simply enter the 3-digit area code into the search box and click the search button.
Stock Ticker Symbol
The Stock ticker symbol refers to a short abbreviation that is used to identify shares on the stock market. For instance the Stock ticker symbol for Google shares is GOOG. If you enter a valid stock ticker symbol into the search box, Google will give you current financial information on the stock and a stock chart.
Numeric Ranges (…)
When you want to find pages that contain a specific range of numbers, simply include three periods (…) between the two numbers. This may be useful when you are searching for prices or year-specific information.
American president 1940…1950
Did you know that you can use Google as a calculator? Simply type the calculation into the search box and Google will deliver the answer at the top of the search results.
48512 * 1.02
Word Definitions (define:)
When you need to look up the definition of a word or phrase, use define:
Remembering all of these tricks would be difficult, and some will get more use than others. I recommend bookmarking this article so that you can use it as reference later.
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