If you are like most people you depend on Google to search anything and everything on the Internet? Although Google does a wonderful job with there results sometimes it can be difficult to get the exact result you are searching for? I thought I would take the time to help anyone interested at becoming a 'better searcher'! I have devoted this blog to provide you with tips and tricks which will help you to get better results out of Google and improve your own search experience. Following points will definitely help you to get the relevant results for which you have been looking for.
1. General Operators
The OR operator can be used in search phrase to tell Google that you are looking for any one or more words in the search criteria. Ensure that you are using capital “OR” or pipelines “||” as OR operator.
Plus (+) Operator
If we search for +sock only the word sock, and not the plural or any tenses or synonyms will look for.
Use the "~" symbol in front of a search word to return similar terms or synonyms of that word. For example; the search string ~auto loan will display results for loan information of both the word auto and its synonyms: truck, car, etc.
Definitions [define: ]
Use a wildcard [ * ]
For example, if you're looking for some insurance plan but you couldn't remember the full name, use the wildcard symbol "*" between the words. In the example Google will return the Back term plan first.
2. Advanced Operators
Search in specific site only [site: ]
Numeric ranges [ .. ]
This operator will searches for a range of numbers. Looking for the best operating system from 2005 to 2010, we can give the year range separated by two dots.
Like wise we can search for DVD player costing between $100 and &150. (DVD players $100.. $150)
Linked pages [ link: ]
Find pages that link to the given page. In the following example, we can see that TechWyse is linked to 320 pages.
Page Information [ info: ]
It provides info about a page. Example: info:www.techwyse.com Find information about the TechWyse website
Related pages [ related: ]
To search for web pages that have similar content to a given site, type "related:" followed by the website address into the Google search box. Example: related:www.techwyse.com lists websites related to TechWyse..
Specific document file types
3. Calculator Operators
Apart from all the above mentioned features Google also provides some mathematical calculation operators which can be used for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentage of, and raise to a power [+, -, *, /, % of, ^ ] Some other tips for daily use are the following
- To see the time in many cities around the world, type in "time" and the name of the city.
- To see the weather for many U.S. and worldwide cities, type "weather" followed by the city and state, U.S. Zip code, or city and country.
- To see scores and schedules for sports teams type the team name or league name into the search box. This is enabled for many leagues including the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball. You can use Google to convert between many different units of measurement of height, weight, and volume among many others. Just enter your desired conversion into the search box and we’ll do the rest. For example; 10.5 cm in inches, 1 acre in square feet etc.
Hope this will help you in your future searches. Google has provided a lot of search operators to enhance the search result which you can refer to here. In addition to this you can use the cached: modifier for getting results from outdated pages that Google stored on its own server.