Google Search

How many times have you done this? You are looking for something on the Internet. So you go to Google and simply type in what it is you are looking for in the search bar and hit enter.

Well now you’ve done it.

You’ve got a couple of million pages to look thru to see if you can find what you are looking for.

Did you know that Google has a few search terms that will help you find what you are looking for quickly and easily? Let’s say you want to look for some free mac software, so that’s what you type into Google’s search bar, free mac software. Google now provides you with a link to pages that have that exact phrase, along with pages that have the word free on it, the word mac, the word software and just about every combination of those three words that you can think of. No wonder there are a couple of million pages.
Don’t despair, Google also has a few ways to narrow down the search to help you out.
“query” – if you put double quotes around your search phrase, Google will look for only those pages that contain the exact phrase in the quotes. So, “free mac software” returns only pages that contain information about free mac software.
query – Leaving off the quotes will most likely return any page with free or mac or software or any combination of the keywords. This is the default AND boolean search operator.
“query1” OR “query2” – Using the OR operator means find me pages with either of the keywords. “free mac software” OR “free windows software” returns pages with either types of software.
site: -Start your query with site: to search within a certain site or type of site. For example, site:org or
“query” site: – To get a really specific search within a site, use a keyword before the site operator. “windows 10 tips” looks for, you guess it…windows 10 tips on…(WOW, you’re getting good at this!)
filetype: -Did you know you can search for certain file types such as PDFs, PPTs, or XLS, by adding filetype: and the 3-letter file abbreviation. Try “evernote tips” filetype:pdf and see how many pdfs you can find.
Wildcard Searches
Wildcard searches can be very useful if you have forgotten a little bit of the phrase you’re looking for…
the twelve * – might return The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Twelve Apostles and who knows what else.
You can also search within a range of numbers…
laptops $100 .. $500 – will return pages with laptops within the range of $100 to $500, along with pages that may specify up to your top number in the range, for example, Best Laptops Under $500.
Page Title, Page Content and URL Advanced Searches
Advanced searches can be performed to acquire keywords located in the page title, the page content and the page URL (web address).
Web Sites:
  • intitle:keyword – search for the keyword in the pages title only, ignoring the pages content
  • allintitle:keyword1 keyword2 – search where all keywords are in the title
  • intext:keyword – search for the keyword in the content only, ignoring the title
  • inurl:keyword – search for the keyword in the pages web address only
  • allinurl:keyword1 keyword2 – again searching for all the keywords, only this time in the web address only
Blogs can be searched with similar search terms:
  • inblogtitle:keyword
  • inposttitle:keyword
  • inpostauthor:keyword
  • blogurl:keyword
Keep in mind that title and content searches will probably bring similar results, since your keywords are probably in both the title and content of the page.

For more tips on searching Google like a master, check out this video…

Go ahead and experiment with these search terms to be a true Google Search Master. Try different combinations to fine tune your searches.
Google Search is a powerful tool that not only lets you search, but you can do math calculations, get the latest weather report, check on airline flights and so much more.
What can you do with it? What’s your favorite search combination? Let us know in the comments below.

Keep in mind that title and content searches will probably bring similar results, since your keywords are probably in both the title and content of the page.


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