Supercharged Google Search Tricks To Help You Find Stuff Fast

Supercharged Google Search Tricks

Although Google is by far the most used search engine in the world, most people do not take full advantage of all the powerful search features that “Big G” offers.  It is very easy to just enter a simple search phrase and hit enter.  While many times this will work just fine, occasionally we need to super-charge our search queries to get the results we are after.

Here is a list of some of my favorite Google search tricks to aid in your internet marketing efforts. Feel free to tweak the example search queries to suit your needs.

intitle:

When using the “intitle:” operator in a search query, the keyword or phrase must show up in the title of a web page.

intitle:”earn money”

This example returns only the results where the phrase “earn money” appears in a web page’s title.

 

intitle:”earn money” “from home”

This will return results where “earn money” appears in a web page’s title and the phrase “from home” appears in the site’s title, text, URL etc.

 

intitle:”index of” blogging.pdf

This one is awesome!  It returns indexes of eBooks and reports about blogging.  Just substitute “blogging” for any keyword of your choice.  Try experimenting with other file extensions too.

 

intext:

The “intext:” operator is the opposite of “intitle:”. It looks for the keyword or phrase in the website’s text and ignores the title, URL and link descriptions.

intext:”earn money”

Returns results where the phrase “earn money” appears in the text of a webpage.

 

intext:”earn money” online

Returns results where the phrase “earn money” appears in the text of a webpage and the word “online” appears in the site’s text, title, URL, etc.

 

site:

Using “site:” along with a website domain will allow you to perform searches within the specified website.

site:www.majormoneytips.com “making money”

Returns results where the key-phrase “making money” appears in the website www.majormoneytips.com.

 

site:edu “making money online”

Searches for the key-phrase “making money online” but only returns results from educational websites that have .edu extensions.

 

site:craigslist.org “1990 Porsche 911”

Searches all Craigslist sites for a 1990 Porsche 911.

 

inurl:

The “inurl:” operator restricts search results to websites where your keyword or phrase appears only in the site’s URL.

inurl:”earn money”

Returns results where “earnmoney, earn-money or earn.money” appears in the website’s URL.

 

inurl:forum “affiliate marketing”

This will search for forums about affiliate marketing.

 

link:

Using “link:” with a website domain will show results that link to the specified page.  This is useful for finding active backlinks to a specific website.

link:www.yahoo.com

Returns results that contain one or more links to www.yahoo.com.  The “link” operator cannot be combined with other operators.

 

inanchor:

Restricts results to the anchor text of links to a webpage.  This is the link text not the URL itself.

inanchor:”email marketing” “make money online”

Returns results of money-making websites where the text phrase “email marketing” appears as a link on that page.

 

filetype:

This is one of my favorites.  It returns search results of documents with the specified file type extension.  This can be very useful to find free eBooks and reports about specific subjects.  Use “ppt” in place of “pdf” to find PowerPoint presentations of any subject.

filetype:pdf “social media marketing”

Returns results of only .pdf documents about social media  marketing.

 

numbrange:

This will return search results that contain a number within the specified range.  The syntax uses three periods between the two numbers to indicate the range.

1998…2002 “chevrolet camaro” “for sale”

This will return results for 1998-2002 Chevrolet Camaros that are for sale.

 

$100…$400 “android tablet”

Returns results for android tablets priced between $100 and $400.

 

cache:

By using a cache search with a website’s domain, Google will display a copy of the last time a webpage was indexed even if that site is no longer available.  If Google ever returns a search result that appears to have nothing to do with your search keywords, try searching the cached version of that page instead.

If you work for a company that blocks certain websites, you may also be able to get around the filter by viewing the cached version of a website.  Just keep in mind big brother may still be watching.

cache:www.majormoneytips.com

This will show the cached version of www.majormoneytips.com.

 

daterange:

This operator will allow you to search within a specific date range.  Note that the results are not of when the content was created but rather last indexed by Google.

Unfortunately in order for the search engine to recognize the dates, they need to be entered in as Julian dates, not Gregorian dates which we are all familiar with.  For this reason, if you need to do daterange searches it may be best to use a conversion tool such as the FaganFinder searh engine interface: http://www.faganfinder.com/date/

*

The asterisks or star character indicates a wildcard for a single word.

site:nytimes.com “April * 2012” intitle:facebook

The wildcard operator can be very useful.  This query will search the New York Times website for all articles with “Facebook” in the title for the entire month of April, 2012.

 

+

The “plus” sign indicates words or phrases that should appear frequently within the search results.  The results are ordered by the number of occurrences of the specified keyword.

The “minus” sign is used when you want to omit a certain word from the search results.

1998…2002 “chevrolet camaro” “for sale” -convertible

Returns results for 1998-2002 Chevrolet Camaros for sale but omits results that include the word “convertible”.

 

majormoneytips -site:www.majormoneytips.com

This can be useful to check for brand recognition.  The search results return references to “majormoneytips” but omits all results from the site www.majormoneytips.com.

 

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The vertical pipe character is used as a logical “OR” statement.

1998|2002 “Chevrolet Camaro” “for sale”

Will return results for 1998 or 2002 Chevrolet Camaros for sale but will not return results for years 1999, 2000 or 2001.

 

 

That’s all for now.  What are your favorite Google search tricks?  If you have one, consider leaving a comment.  I’d love to hear about it.

Comments

  1. Very good information..thanks
    BTW Nice Blog 🙂

  2. This useful information is very rare to find and I am glad to find it in your blog. In addition to that, these search operator that you have introduced to us will us know more about our online competitors. As what they say, “know your enemy”. Well these search operators will help us do just that. Thanks for the post.

  3. wow! Thank’s so much for the useful tips, I must try these at some-point! Great help with usefull infomation.

  4. Interesting trick. I think I read something simillar awhile ago. I don�t remember where

  5. Great tips Justin, bit sneaky but I have to say I never actually thought about these before. Thank you for posting these. I will definitely use them
    Regards
    Konrad
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