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10 Expert Google Search Tips

10 Expert Google Search Tips

1.     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”

 

2.     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

 

3.     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

 

4.     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

 

5.     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

 

6.     This OR That:
By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized). 
Example: internet marketing OR advertising

 

7.     Accessing a blocked site

If you want to access an website blocked by your administrator then google can help you it it. You can use the term ‘cache:’ to access the website. But keep in mind that it’ll give you the last cached site by google and it may show you bit old content.

Example: cache:celeb-gossip.com

 

8.     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

 

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

 

10.   Flight Status

If you want to know the current status of any flight then just search the flight number. Google will give you the current status of the flight. If you want to search the flight Jet Airlines 9W7105 then-

Example: 9W7105

Hope this list of Google search tips proves useful in your future Google searches. If there are any of your favorite Google expert power tips that I’ve missed, please feel free to share them in the comments.