13 Ways to Power Search Using Google
Here are some tips on power searching using Google.
1. Explicit Phrase: Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing. Instead of just typing search engine optimization 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: “search engine optimization”
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 package. To do this, simply use the “-“ sign in front of the word you want to exclude.Example: search engine optimization – package
3. Site Specific Search: Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain key 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: Google rankings site:http://seo-kolkata.blogspot.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: “SEO” 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: seo OR Internet Marketing
7. Phone Listing: Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don’t know how it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature.Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note: the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results).
9. Numeric Ranges: This is a rarely used, but highly useful tip. Let’s say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers. You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what’s between the X and Y are two periods. This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers.Example: president 1940..1950
10. Stock (Ticker Symbol): Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumb-nail chart for the stock.Example: GOOG
11. 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
12. Word Definitions: If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the “define:” command.Example: define:consultant
13. Searching for URLs containing certain words. Use the “inurl:word” modifier.Example site:seo-kolkata.blogspot.com inurl:content
If you find it too difficult to remember all these you can also use the advanced search option in Google that will allow you to use most of these through an easy user interface.