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How to Search Google Like a Pro - 20 Best Tricks

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Google is a really powerful search engine. Not only for speed, seriously, but the ease and simplicity is a big winner among other search engines. Little do we know it has more features that could even help us browse faster. Here are the 20 most useful tricks on how to search Google like a Pro.

Have you tried searching phrases like:

  1. "blogs similar to" 
  2. "what are the best books from 2011 to 2014" or even
  3. "article in that contains the word Colfinancial"?

Quite amazing, there is a shorter and faster way of searching these keyword phrases and save a few seconds in striking your keyboard. Read on.

20 Tricks for Searching Fast

1. Related Search

This is the answer to example 1. To search for web pages that have similar content to a specific site, type "related:" followed by the website address into the URL.

2. Not

 If you want to exclude a term or a phrase, use the "-" symbol. -big fat liar will show pages that contain "fat" and "liar" but don't contain "big"

3. File type

If you want to search for .avi files or powerpoint documents or any type of file, use the "filetype:" operator. Ex. travel filetype:pdf 

4. Definitions

To find the meaning of a word, use the "define:" operator. Ex. define:tenacious

5. Calculator

To do a specific calculation, simply type in the URL box and you can get the answer instantly. Use the basic operators like +, -, /, * and parenthesis. Ex. (4^7/23+45)

6. Site Specific

This is faster than example 3. This is used to search for a particular word or phrase only in a specific site. colfinancial will search for "colfinancial" only in this blog

7. Exact Phrase

 If you are searching for the exact phrase, use quotes. "best video compilation"  returns pages that contain the exact phrase "best video compilation"

8. Backlinks

Find pages that link to a specific site or page by using the "link:" operator. Ex. 

9. Numrange

This feature searches for a range of numbers. Use the ".." operator to execute. In example 2, we can search for it like best books 2011..2014 and the results will be the best books from 2011 to 2014

10. Weather

Search the weather for any city worldwide. Type "weather" followed by the city, state, zip code or country. Ex. weather talisay city, cebu

11. Unit Converter

Convert weights, lengths and other units of measure. Ex. 34 days in hours

12. Types of numbers

Google algorithms can recognize the pattern of numbers entered into the search bar. It can search for:

13. Local Search

Search anything in your city using the zip code. mexican food 90210

14. Vertical Search

To search for a phrase in a specific category, use the vertical search. If you like search for a term specifically in the blog category, use blog search.
By default, Google searches for the term within a web page. But if you just want to search it in specific locations, you can use the operators like "inurl:", "intitle:", "intext:" and "inanchor:". Those will search for a term only within the URL, title, the body text and the anchor text (text used to describe a link) Ex. intitle:sleepwalking 

16. Similar Terms

Use the "~" operator to find similar terms. Ex. ~juaninvestor - juan will return results containing "investor" like investor juan but not juaninvestor

17. Wildcard

The "*" symbol is a wildcard. This is used if you are trying to find a song but can't remember the exact lyrics. Ex. "shower *love lyrics" will return to the song by Surface - Shower me with Your Love. You can also use it to find the term in a certain domain such as dogs *.edu

18. Either / OR

If you want pages that contain one or both of the terms, use the "|" (pipe symbol).
Ex. crazy | love will return pages containing crazy and/or love

19. Answer to life the universe and everything

Search the phrase and Google will give you the answer!

20. Advanced Search

If you can't remember any of these operators, you can always use Google's Advanced Search


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