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25 Awesome Google Search Tips To Become a Better Searcher

We all love Google. It is perhaps the greatest search engine ever. Lots of people use it everyday. And many others have set it not only...





Google Search Tips and Tricks


We all love Google. It is perhaps the greatest search engine ever. Lots of people use it everyday. And many others have set it not only as their default search engine, but also their browser homepage. And there's a good reason for that. Google isn't just s search engine, but a smart search engine. It doesn't just list everything present on the web. It does a lot more than that. If you are the kind of person who searches Google by trying different combinations of keywords until finally getting what you're looking for, then let me tell you this. You are performing search in a primitive style, and it isn't 2005 anymore. Google now provides a lot of extra features, using which you can become a "power" Googler. So here are some search tips and tricks that you'll find useful, and that will also save you some time and effort.








1. Similar search



Often, you can't think of words similar to a keyword, that might help you. For example, you might be looking for WordPress tutorials. You can use the tilde sign (~) before the word you want synonyms for. For example;


WordPress ~tutorials will bring up WordPress guides, resources, manuals, and more.




2. Explicit search



If you want search results that have an exact phrase, then encapsulate that phrase within quotes in Google search


"my blogger tricks".




3. Excluding a word or phrase



Use a minus (-) sign to exclude a word or phrase from search results


Social media - Facebook




4. The OR statement



Using the word 'OR' in your search will bring up results containing either of the two results.


Facebook OR Twitter




5. Site search



If you want to see results from a specific site only, then use Google's site searchin feature


Social Networking site:wikipedia.org


Handy if a website doesn't have an inbuilt search feature




6. Exclude a site from search



Many of these tips can be combined. For example, if I want Wikipedia entries to come up, I could combine the minus sign with the site search feature


Social Networking - site:wikipedia.org




7. Filetype search



To search for specific file types, use the 'filetype:' statement


Android app development filetype:pdf




8. World clock



To find out the current time in a city. Simply write 'time' next to city name


time Islamabad




9. Calculator



Instead of opening up the calculator in your computer, you can simply write the expression in Google


4tan60 + 2 (9sin30 + 3cos45)




10. Unit conversion



Google will do all your conversions for you! No need to remember those figures anymore!


1 mile to kilometer




11. Currency conversion



Just like unit conversion you can use currency conversion


1 USD to GBP




12. Phone listings



Google gives you a phonebook feature whereby you can search for any phone number


phonebook:123-4567890




13. Area code lookup



Simply type in an area code to see where it belongs to


123




14. Number range



You can define a range for search results in numbers using the A..B format. You could define a timespan, a price range, or similar


iPod $300..$400

or

IBM history 1990..2000




15. Definitions



If you don't know what a word means, you can ask Google to define it for you


define: enigma




16. Weather



Check weather for any city easily


weather New York




17. Flight information



Just type in a flight number, and Google will try to find it for you


British Airways flight 123




18. Movie listings



To bring up movie listings in search results, use the syntax below


movie: The Avengers




19. Maps



You can directly search for places without going to Google maps


maps: Park Lane, London




20. Stock listings



You can search for any stocks and find out their value by typing their name in Google search


GOOG




21. Wild Card Search



If you can't remember a word in a phrase, a quote or a proverb, you can replace it with a sterick. Google's algo will figure it out


A stich in time *




22. Accessing blocked/unavailable sites



This is my favorite trick. If a website is down, or has been blocked, you can ask Google to fetch a cached version of it. Google regularly caches webpages. Simply, write 'cache:' followed by a URL in Google search


cache:http://www.mybloggertricks.com




23. Find related websites



If you are doing some research and found a great resource, you can look for similar sites in Google search via the following syntax


related:mybloggertricks.com




24. Title search



Some website owners stuff paragraph with keywords, making them rank higher, but they actually have low quality content. You can now search for keywords among titles only


intitle: blogging tips




25. URL search



Similar to title search, but this trick will search for keywords among URLs.


inurl:advertising


These were some best tricks I had for you. If you know of any more, then please let us know in the comments section below!

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