Expert Google Searching Tips

Expert Google Search Tips

  • Explicit Phrase:Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing.  Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase.  To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.

Example: “internet marketing”

  • Exclude Words:Lets say you want to search for content about internet marketing, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term advertising.  To do this, simply use the “-” sign in front of the word you want to exclude.

Example Search: internet marketing -advertising

  • Site Specific Search:Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase.  Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:somesite.com” modifier.

Example: “internet marketing” site:www.smallbusinesshub.com

  • Similar Words and Synonyms:Let’s say you want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms.  To do this, use the “~” in front of the word.

Example: “internet marketing” ~professional

  • Specific Document Types:If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier “filetype:”.  For example, you might want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to internet marketing.

Example: “internet marketing” filetype:ppt

  • Calculator:The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression in to Google.
    • Example: 48512 * 1.02
  • Abbriviations:If you need to quickly look up the abbriviation stands for, simple use “stands for:” command.

Example: WHO stands for

  • Word Definitions:If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the “define:” command.

Example: define:plethora

 

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