Most of us simply use plain text to search in Google. But there are some very interesting search techniques that are very useful.
Well, it’s simply a case of preference: working harder or working smarter. If you want to browse Google smartly, these Google search techniques will certainly help you.
It’s like choosing between adding and multiplication. Either add x no of times or multiply just once.
Today we’re gonna share some of the most famous and useful search techniques with you.
If you’re looking for a specific content, then enclosing your query in the double quotes will work just fine. It will only show the pages that matches the exact query. Nothing more, nothing less.
We all have come across a website where there is no search label/field. Haven’t we? Being not able to search for something you want in a specific site does not feel good. If you want to search if goggles are available in an e-commerce site for helmets then, just type: ‘goggles site: nameofsite.com’. It might not work if the site isn’t cached by Google.
This search technique is particularly handy if you know only a portion of something. It can be anything from quotes, song names, artist names, movie name and so on. The list goes on and on. Type * for the characters or words you have no idea about.
If your remembered the Hollywood movie about the three person’s stupidities but don’t have the whole idea, you can search for ‘The Three *’. It will give you an array of results. But the one you’re searching for probably will come first in this case.
If you want something specific in URL in your search results, then you can use the in URL operator/word to get costume results. If you want espn on your URL, just type ‘your query inurl:espn’. No space between the colon and the set of characters you want in your URL.
This is a technique similar to the one mentioned above. In this technique, if we want something specific in our title, we perform search with ‘intitle:something you want in your title’.
Let’s say you want to search for the song It’s My Life by Talk Talk. Not the Bon Jovi one. Then you’ll do: It’s My Life -Bon Jovi.
For a quick check on the weather of the day, we can use the weather keyword and zip or postal code. For e.g. for Kathmandu valley, the postal code is 44600 i.e. ‘weather 44600’.
We can filter only the type of file we want in our search result. Try ‘your keyword filetype:.pdf’
If you want search results specific to a location, you have to go with the location: modifier. If you want to know about the attacks in Paris, then fill the search field with: attacks location: Paris. This time there is a space between the colon and Paris.
Is someone bothering you giving you missed calls all the time (and does not answer if you call back)? Google just might have answer to this query as well.
If you have problem remembering all these techniques, you can simply go to Google advanced search page.