20 Google Search Tips That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier
by Hasan Kara
When it comes to answers and searching for something, Google is probably next to the God 🙂 You can get much more refined searches with Google’s built-in tools, advanced operators, and third-party extensions. You can also use it for some pretty cool stuff if you know the right tricks.
Here are 20 Google search hacks you can start using today to become next Google search God! 🙂
1. How to do a simple (“refined”) Google Search?
In order to have an exact match search results use the double quotation with your search term, it will refine the results.
E.g. “Elon Musk”
2. How to exclude words from your Google search?
Using the minus sign “-” will enable you to exclude a term or a phrase.
Example: internship -Facebook
With this example any pages returned will be everything related to “internship” EXCEPT Facebook.
3. How to search within a range of two numbers?
Double dots help you to search within a range of two numbers, with a number on either side of the dots stand for the lower and higher ranges. This operator is a neat way to search for a product within a given price range or to find a timeline for an event.
Two numbers separated by two dots will enable you to search for all the numbers in between those numbers.
With this example, you will get all the list of secondhand BMW cars for sale available for a price range between £1K and £5K.
4. How to include a particular keyword in your Google search?
Using either AND or + forces Google to include a particular keyword in the search. Using either of these operators you can combine two keywords in one search. Google includes all pages where both keywords occur. The “AND” must be in caps and there is no space after the “+”
With this example, you will get only pages displaying the blog posts talking about SEO or vice versa how to do seo for blogs? and similar.
5. How to include either of words in Google search?
This will return results related to one or the other term you are searching.
E.g.: Apple OR Samsung (Note: the OR has to be capitalised)
Or, you can also do this by using | (pipe symbol) instead;
With this example, you will only find pages related to Apple or Samsung but not the two together.
6. How to do Google Search with a missing words if you don’t know or remember the rest?
Using the asterisk symbol (*) is handy when you are sure of one or more words but are missing a few more. The wildcard operator fills up the space and enables you to search with the known words. The asterisk represents a missing word which Google tries to fill in.
You can also use it within double quotes for more precise searches.
E.g. How to *my life
7. How to search anything within a specific website?
There may be an instance where you need to Google search for a news article or content on a certain website. The syntax is very simple and we’ll show you below.
With this example, you will get only the list of pages from The Guardian website.
8. How to do Google search for anything in a specific file format?
Google’s search results mainly concentrate on webpages, but it also indexes publicly available files. You can look for them using a “filetype:” command at the end of your normal query.
It will return PDFs with “seo case study” in the title.
Try also the same search with “seo case study” filetype:xlsx instead to do the same for Excel spreadsheets.
Small tip: Remember, this will only work for publicly available documents and files uploaded to the web. You’re not going to suddenly come across some secret government files…or at least we hope not 🙂
9. How to access any website when they are down?
We all know Google Cache can be a great tool, but there’s no need to search for the page and then hunt for that “Cached” link: just type
cache: before that site’s URL
If Google has the site in its cache, it’ll pull it right up for you. If you want to simplify the process even more, this bookmarklet is handy to have around.
It’s great for seeing an old version of a page, accessing a site when it’s down, or getting past something like the SOPA blackout.
10. How to find sites that are similar to other sites?
This is a unique one that could be used by practically everyone if they knew it existed. Let’s say you have a favourite website. It can be anything. However, that website is getting a little bit boring and you want to find other websites like it. You would use this trick. Below is the syntax.
If you search that above, you won’t find a link to the well-known SEMrush Seo tool. Instead, you’ll find links to online tools like SEMRush. Sites like Moz.com, Keyword Spy and Wordtracker.com. It’s a powerful Google search tool that can help you find new sites to browse.
This trick is really useful if you want to find similar website content to another website you already know.
11. How to learn the meaning of words (including slang 🙂 in Google search?
This is a quick way to find the definition of a word.
12. How to do Google search for only text on the websites?
Occasionally you might want to restrict your searches to only the text of websites and ignore all the links, titles, and URLs. Allintext: is Google search syntax for searching only in the body text of documents and ignoring links, URLs, and titles. It’s similar to the intext: search command, except that it applies to all words that follow, while intext: applies only to the single word directly following the command.
You will find the web pages (text only) about ‘Inbound Marketing Theory’ as below:
13. How to do Google search for only titles?
Say you’d like to do the opposite. Instead of searching the text body, you wanted to search through website titles. Intitle: is Google syntax that restricts web search results to only list websites that contain a keyword in their title. The keyword should follow with no spaces.
This will find you the websites with ‘lead generation’ in their title.
14. How to do Google search with a word in the url?
Find pages with a certain word (or words) in the URL. For this example, any results containing either “apple” or “iphone” in the URL will be returned.
E.g. inurl:nike women
E.g. allinurl:nike women
This only brings the results either ‘nike’ or ‘women’ in the urls.
15. How to do Google search through old newspaper articles?
If you’re looking for an older article that was never posted online, Google has a whole separate site set up for just that.
Go to news.google.com/newspapers to look through scanned copies of old newspapers and search for specific topics.
16. How to search a specific article to see who’s sharing it?
If you run a website or published an article online and you’re curious to see who’s sharing it, there’s an easy way to find out.
Just copy the URL in question and paste it into Google’s search bar with quotations marks on either side. The results will reveal any other sites that are sharing your content.
17. How to do Google search for unsecure pages from your website?
This example use excludes the https:// url, but you can also include it by removing the minus sign. Using the operator in this way can help you audit your http:// to https:// transition. This will give you an idea into how Google is indexing your new https:// pages as opposed to their http:// pages.
Example use: site:domanname.com -inurl:https
This doesn’t bring any results which is great, that means all the urls on this website are on secure domain (ssl).
18. How to use Google search as a calculator?
The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression into Google.
19. How to to check your Google search history?
Web History offers you a log of websites you’ve visited, a timeline of your actions and the ability to search your own online history.
Try it out at https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity
20. How to use Google search as a timer?
Its very simple. Just type in set timer for and how long you want the timer for into Google search bar:
February 12, 2018