How to use Google search more efficiently and get the search results you want quickly.
Here are 9 Google search tips and tricks to maximize your search efficiency:
1. Use quotes
When searching for something specific, use quotes to minimize the guesswork for Google search. When you put your search parameters in quotes, it tells the search engine to search for the whole phrase.
For instance, if you search for Computer Repair, the engine will search for content that contains those two words in any order.
However, if you search “Computer Repair”, it will search for that phrase exactly as you typed it. This can help locate specific information that may be under other content if not sorted out correctly.
2. Use a hyphen to exclude words
You may find yourself searching for a word with an ambiguous meaning. An example is Mustang. When you Google search for Mustang, you may get results for both the car made by Ford or the horse. If you want to cut one out, use the hyphen to tell the engine to ignore content with one of the other. See the example below.
- Mustang -horse
This tells the search engine to search for mustangs but to remove any results that have the word “horse” in it. It can be helpful when finding information about something without getting information about something else.
3. Use a colon to search specific sites
There may be an instance where you need to Google search for articles or content on a certain website. The syntax is very simple and we’ll show you below.
- Mickey Mouse site:disney.com
This will search for all content about famous cartoon character, Mickey Mouse, but only on Disney.com. All other search results will be removed. If you need to find specific content on a particular site, this is the shortcut you can use.
4. Find a page that links to another page
This Google search tip is a little unique. Instead of searching for a specific page, you’re searching for a page that links to a specific page.
If you want to see who cited a Detroit Free Press article on their site, you would use this trick to find all the sites that link to it. The syntax is below:
That will return all pages that link to the Detroit Free Press official website. The URL on the right side can be practically anything.
Be aware, though, that the more specific it is, the fewer results you’ll get. We know not a lot of people will likely use this Google search trick, but it could be very useful for some.
5. Use the asterisk wildcard
The asterisk wildcard is one of the most useful ones on the list. When you use an asterisk in a search term on Google search, it will leave a placeholder that may be automatically filled by the search engine later. This is a great way to find song lyrics if you don’t know all the words. Here is an example
- “I write * songs”
Google search will search for that phrase knowing that the asterisks can be any word.
More often than not, you’ll find they are lyrics to Barry Manilow song “I Write The Songs”.
6. Find sites that are similar to other sites
If you had a favorite website. However, that website is getting a little bit boring and you want to find other websites like it. You would use this search hack:
If you search that above, you won’t find a link to Amazon. Instead, you’ll find links to online stores like Amazon. Sites like Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, and others that sell physical items online. It’s a powerful Google search tool that can help you find new sites to browse.
7. Let Google do your math
Google search can do math for you. This is a rather complex one to describe because it can be used in so many ways. You can ask it basic questions or some more difficult ones.
It is important to note that it won’t solve all math problems, but it will solve a good number of them. Here are a couple of examples of the syntax:
- 8 * 5 + 5
- Planck’s Constant
If you search the first one, it’ll return 45. It will also show a calculator that you can use to find answers to more questions.
If you search the second term, it will return the number value of Planck’s Constant.
So it can do math, but it can also help you solve math problems by showing values for known mathematical terms.
8. Search for multiple words at once
Google search is flexible. It knows you may not find what you want by searching only a single word or phrase.
By using this hack, you can search for one word or phrase along with a second word or phrase. This can help narrow down your search to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Here is an example:
- “Best way to prepare for a job interview” OR “How to prepare for a job interview”
By using those phrases. In this instance, these two exact phrases will be searched. It can be done by word too, like the example below:
- chocolate OR dark chocolate
This will search for pages that have either chocolate or dark chocolate.
9. Search a range of numbers
If you are interested in money or statistics will find this tip particularly useful. Essentially, you use two dots and a number to let Google search know you’re looking for a specific range of numbers. Here is an example:
- What team have won the World Series ..2004
In the first instance, the search will give you the team that won the World Series in 2004. The two dots with only one number will tell the search that you don’t need anything before or after 2004. This can help narrow down searches to a specific number to improve search results.
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