Search Operators For Power Users2 min read
Have you ever found yourself in a situation you are searching over and over the same thing, flipping over every Google Search page just to find some relevant info about something but all in vain?
You keep asking yourself, is it just you or there isn’t enough info about that particular subject?
Maybe you have been all wrong, today, I’ll teach you how to search Google as a Power User.
Why is this important to be a Google Search power user?
- You can use these tips when creating content for your marketing campaign.
- Some of these search techniques can be used for other social media search sites.
- You need to understand how consumers are searching to ensure they find information about your brand or organization.
Using common tricks to get the most out our your Google Searches.
Trick 1: Getting Real-Time Results.
Get exact time of any place in the world.
Just type; time: city or place
Flight Updates and Schedules.
Just Search the Flight Number; xx 000
To know which flights are available,
Just type; Flights city to city
Conversion of Currencies and Exchange Rates
Just type; convert: 12345 Kenya Shillings to Canadian Dollars
Just type ticker symbol or name of the company with ‘Stock’ keyword. Or alternatively, you can such by typing stock:<query> for example, stock:goog
Movies Show Timings in Your City
Just type; Movie City
Google doesn’t usually recognize punctuation and grammar.
However, punctuation and symbols that do work in Google search engine include:
+: when searching for things such as blood type.
@: when searching for social tags.
&: when searching for strongly connected ideas and phrases.
%: when searching for percent values.
$: when searching for prices.
#: when searching for trending topics that use hashtags.
Trick 2: Looking for exact phrase.
Just type the search with quotation marks.
Trick 3: Search within a site.
Just type; operator site:domainname
Trick 4: Exclude a word
Just; add a hyphen
Trick 5: Find sites with similar URL
Just type; related:<URL>
Trick 6: Get particular File Type
Just type; filename filetype:sufffix
Trick 7: Find either word
Just type; type words connecting with Uppercase OR
Trick 8: Wildcard for finding missing word in a phrase
Just type; phrase or words and an asterisk
Trick 9: Get news related to a particular location
On Google News just type; location:<place>
Trick 10: Search words in a URL
Just type; allinurl:<query>
Trick 11: Search pages for Words in a Title
Just type; <words> intitle: <words>
Trick 12: Search pages with all Words in a Title
Just type; allintitle: <words>
Trick 13: Subject Specific Search
Just use tilde <~>
Trick 14: Getting Sunsets and Sunrises
Just type; sunset: <city> or sunrise <city>
Trick 15: Get to know whether the specified page is known by Google
Just type; info:<URL>
Trick 16: Get a snapshot view of a Web page as it looked when Googlebot last visited the page
Just type; cache:<URL>
Trick 17: Calculator
Just type your queries directly on google search.
Trick 18: Search for a word or phrase within anchor text
inanchor:”<query>” For example, inanchor:”digital marketing”
Trick 19: Search for multiple words within anchor text
allinanchor:”<query>” For example, allinanchor:”digital marketing”
That’s not just it, Google has grown to be so powerful. In fact, it can recognize a rage of characters, numbers and phrases automatically.
You can for instance, put a Valid Tracking ID number and know it’s status, get car history by feeding it with Vehicle Information Number (VIN), recognize Patent Numbers, FAA airplane registration number, UPC Codes or FCC Equipment ID.
Also, it can double as a measurement converter, phonebook, dictionary, street map atlas and stock ticker.
Questions or comments?
There are a lot of stuff in Search Engines. But to be forewarned is to be forearmed. My goal here was to furnish you with the key Power Search elements you can use as a power user.
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