Lot of us, use Google in daily basis, but 99% of them dont know how to exactly use it, if I am not wrong.
Any doubt, any query, any confusion, we open a browser, open the Google page, type a big long query like “How do I find a car, which has two head lights, three tail lights, one big horn?” and then click on search, which gives us a result which we are not searching for at all, and we get upset about Google not giving correct results.
This happens on a regular basis, but hardly we bothered to know why, or how.
So let me just share how could you use, Google in more better and efficient way.
1. Use Of ‘+’ sign :
This ensures that the results returned to you will definitely consist of the word following the ‘+’ sign.
For Eg : Search: reviews of +Nokia and Android OS
This will show results containing the word reviews or Android OS but the results will definitely consist of Nokia !
2. Use Of ‘-‘ sign :
Using ‘-‘ sign before any word will ensure that the particular word will not be included in the results !
3. Use Of ‘~’ sign :
Using ‘~’ before any word will return the results also containing the synonyms of the word !
4. Search a particular site :
To search a particular website you can use the following syntax in the google search : Search: www.abc.com xyz
For Eg : Search: http://kelvincastelino.com/ Google Search Tips
5. Define a word :To get the definition of a word just use :
Search: define:abc For Eg : Search: define:Computer
This will return you results which define ‘Computer’.
6. Find Pages similar to a page :To find a page similar i.e. consisting of same type of content, use the following syntax :
Search: related: http://www.xyz.com/
7. Search for exact phrase :To search a set of words exactly together i.e.
For Eg :
Search: “contact us”
This will return the results containing both contact and us together !
8. Using the wild card ‘*’ :The * sign can be used in places where the whole word is not known.
Search: friend*This will return the results containing friend , friends , friendship.
9. Using the ‘?’ sign :This is used when the full spelling of the word is not known.
This will result that in the results in which any alphabet can take the place of ‘?’ sign.
10. Use of boolean operators :
The boolean operators like AND,OR,NOT can be used in search box to connect the words !
The search engine understands them as what they mean but the must be in capital letters !
Search: swim OR floatThis will return the results containing either swim or float
Try using this tips, next time when you search something in google, so you’ll get the results you expected, atleast better than before.
Have fun Googl-ing!! 🙂