Google Search Hacks

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I’ve had to look up this tidbit of information multiple times, which is a massive waste of time. The goal of search is to find exactly what you are looking for, without the sidetrack of clicking through garbage sites that aren’t what you are looking for. I’ve collated the list of Google Hacks and tricks that I use, used and find useful.

I’m going to build a search query which starts widely and narrows down adding options onto each other to illustrate the use case of the hack. Search parameters in each section can be used together.

Standard Searching

When you are searching for something you ussually put the query into the search box and hit Search.

How to Use This?

Word 1 Word 2 Word 3

Example

“Business Management” Optimisation – About 51,400,000 Results

1) Exact Phrases

If you are looking for exact phrases, putting quotes will tell Google to search for the exact phrase.

How to Use this?

word 1 word 2 word 3

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

Example

“Business Management” Optimisation – About 2,960,000 Results

2) Exact Phrases +Another Phrase

If you are looking for exact phrases, putting quotes will tell Google to search for the exact phrase but if you narrow that down and need the page to also include another phase add a plus sign.

How to Use this?

word 1 word 2 +word 3

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

Example

“Business Management” +Optimisation – 4 Results

3) Exact Phrases OR Exact Phases +Another

This is all great but, for those that haven’t noticed, I’m using UK English, and I’m losing the US English search results. If you are looking for exact phrases, putting quotes will tell Google to search for the exact phrase but what about US English spelling? Adding OR between exact phrases will include those.

How to Use This?

“word 1 word 2” OR “word 1 word 4” +word 3

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

Example

“Business Management” OR “Business Optimization” +Optimisation – 8 Results (double the results from previously)

4) Exact Phrases +Another Phrase Filetype

If you are looking for exact phrases, putting quotes will tell Google to search for the exact phrase but if you narrow that down and need the page to also include another phase add a plus sign. If you are only interested in a certain file or document type adding the filetype limiter will tell Goolge you only want certain files.

How to Use This?

“word 1 word 2” OR “word 1 word 4” +word 3 filetype:file type extension

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

File extension: PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, etc

Example

“Business Management” OR “Business Optimization” +Optimisation filetype:pdf – 2 Results

5) -“Phrases to Exclude” Exact Phrases +Another Phrase Filetype

If you are looking for exact phrases, putting quotes will tell Google to search for the exact phrase but if you narrow that down and need the page to also include another phase add a plus sign. If you are only interested in a certain file or document type adding the filetype limiter will tell Google you only want certain files. Then we are going to add what words to exclude

How to Use This?

-“word 1 word2” “word 1 word 2” OR “word 1 word 4” +word 3 filetype:file type extension

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

File extension: PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, etc

Example

“Business Management” OR “Business Optimization” +Optimisation filetype:pdf – 1 Results

6) Search a site’s body text and ignore links, URLs and Titles

Use the Google allintext:[keywords] to search only the text in the site’s body. This ignores the links, URL’s and Titles.

How to Use This?

allintext:”word 1 word 2 word 3″

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

Example

allintext:”interpreting retail demand data provides insights into the optimal price as a central measure of a demand distribution” – 5 Results

The example shows the same 1 Result as 5) just the various locations of that article.

Variation

allintext:business management optimisation

The above will search for allintext:business +management optimisation. Not very narrow but an alternative use case.

7) Search a site’s body text + links, + URLs and Titles

Use the Google intext:[keywords] to search in the page body text, page title, URL, etc.

How to Use This?

intext:”word 1 word 2 word 3″

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

Example

intext:business management optimisation

NOTE: Google will search for “business” only in the body text where “management optimisation” can be a results criterion for body text, page title and URL.

Variation(s)

intext:business “management optimisation”

This changes the search content to search business only in the body text where “management optimisation” as a construct is searched in the body text, page, title and URL

intext:”business management” optimisation

This changes the search context to search business management as a construct, and searched optimisation in the body, text, page, title, and URL.

intext:”business management” +optimisation

This changes the search context to search business management as a construct, and optimisation must occur in the body, text, page, title or URL.

8) Search a site’s Title

Search for a word in a web page title, and another set elsewhere on the webpage. This uses the intitle: query.

In this query, I’m going to throw a bunch of things together to get to what I want. Some of the items I’ve not yet covered. Don’t stress we’ll get to them.

How to Use This?

after:year-month-day -word1 -word2 intitle:word3 OR intitle:word4 OR intitle:word4 AND intitle:word5 word6

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

Example

after:2020-08-01 -resume -career -travel intitle:executive OR intitle:chief OR intitle:founder AND intitle:Blog management

There’s quite a bit going on here:

After: says I want only things after a certain date (new and recent content)

the exclude parament () says I dont want Resume, Career, Travel content

Intitle says I want Executive, Chief, Founder, Blog content

You can search for word AND word, word OR word (word | word).

With Management in the body, text, page, title or URL

9) Search Within a URL

This is fairly self-explanatory, you want to search for a keyword inside a URL. You do this by using allinurl.

How to Use This?

allinurl:word 1 word 2 word 3

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

Example

allinurl:business management optimisation

There are a load of variations again with this if you include or exclude constructs in quotes.

10) Restrict Search Within a Website

This is fairly self-explanatory again, you want to search for a keyword but restrict that search inside a URL or Website domain. You do this by using site.

How to Use This?

site:website.com word 1 word 2 word 3

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

Example

site:businessinsider.com.au business management optimisation

There are a load of variations again with this if you include or exclude constructs in quotes.

11) Search Similar Words (Synonyms)

This is fairly self-explanatory again, you want to search for a keyword and use the tidle symbol ~ to provide synonyms.

How to Use This?

“word 1 word 2” word 3 ~word 4

Word 1,2,3,4 not necessarily single words, could be whatever search term

Example

“business management” optimisation ~improvement

There are a load of variations again with this if you include or exclude constructs in quotes.

12) Searching Related Websites

This is fairly self-explanatory, you often know a website / brand / compant but want to know about others that are in a similar vein. In this situation you use related.

How to Use This?

related:url

Example

related:captera

Another option is “website name vs” where Google wil list “People also ask” section which is basically all the related sites.

13) Google Dictionary

I use this all the time. To get a definition of a word define is the keyword

How to Use This?

define:word 1

Example

define:management

14) Search for Cheaper options when Shopping

Google is able to help with comparison shopping and find less expensive prices points for you in a range. Using a $ in front of a number returns price based results. Adding three periods (…) between numbers shows a range of numbers for the item.

How to Use This?

word 1 word 2 $Price…$Price

Remember no spaces between $Price…$PRice

Example

Jabra Speak 710 $329…$335

15) Search for Websites that link to other websites

Most folks aren’t going to understand this one. For this, you are searching for a page, that links to a specific page. If you find the content you enjoy, and you want to see or track down others who enjoy the same content (like-minded individuals), you can use this trick to find them.

How to Use This?

link:URL

Example

link:businessinsider.com.au

16) Search with Wildcards

This is the phone call to the radio station where the caller hums the song because he can remember some but not all of the lyrics but he wants to send a shout-out and request the song.

How to Use This?

word 1 * word 2

Example

Georgia * mind

17) Google Productivity “Stuffs”

Google has numerous productivity hacks, from a timer, calculator, unit conversion, time conversions, translation, package tracking, and stock quotes.

How to Use This and Examples

The Timer: timer

The Calculator: 2^5

Unit Conversion: 6inches to cm

Time Conversion: Time in GMT or Time in AEST or Time in London

Translation: Lion in Zulu or Xhosa or French

Package Tracking: just search for the tracking number… its a little hit and miss through.

Stocks: TSLA or GOOG

Solve for rhombus, circles, polygons, pentagon, hexagon, solids, Planck’s Constant and Once in a Blue Moon

Currency Conversion: AUD in USD

Book Flights: Melbourne to Sydney

Track Flights: Just enter the flight number

Special Dates: Easter, Christmas, Australia Day

17) Google Geeky “Stuffs”

Google has numerous geeky hacks

How to Use This and Examples

Flip a Coin

The Answer to Life The Universe and Everything

Recursion

Roll a Die

The loneliest number

My IP Address: My IP Address

Network Speed Test: Speed Test

18) Weather with Google

You can tell the weather with Google and there are a couple of ways to do this.

How to Use This and examples?

forecast

temperature

weater area-code

forecast area-code

temperature area-code

Sunrise in Melbourne

Sunset in Melbourne

19) Company Research with Google

You can do some snooping on Companies with Google. It’s fairly easy all it takes is asking the right question.

How to Use This and examples?

founder rio tinto

CEO rio tinto

COO rio tinto

CIO rio tinto

CFO rio tinto

20) Nutrition Information

Google can tell you what the nutritional information for foods are

How to Use This and examples?

Chicken Breast nutrition

Conclusion

There are more search hacks that I haven’t found yet. Let me know in the comments section if you know any that I missed out on. The idea is always to find it faster, easier and get to the right piece of information within seconds.

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