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Google search techniques

What one website do you visit the most for searching all the information? Quite a weird question isn't it? Well, in that case, one has to search for information via an Internet search engine right? Here are some simple techniques that will help you to increase your online searching ability by a great extent. This article focuses on getting you familiar with helpful search shortcuts.

  • Using Double Quotes :

    Use double quotes to search a phrase in its exact word order SUCCESS magazine. Using a plus sign between words SUCCESS+magazine is synonymous with using double quotes.
  • Search within a particular site :

    Search within The New York Times by typing or search anywhere that The New York Times has mentioned SUCCESS by typing SUCCESS
  • Exclude a search term :

    Using the minus sign -story will eliminate undesired search results. This is especially helpful when you're searching a phrase that has a popular, alternative connotation like jaguar –football, -car, so your search would return results for jaguar that do not include the NFL team or automaker.
  • Wild-Card Search :

    The *, or wildcard, is a little-used feature that can be helpful. Including this asterisk tells the search engine to fill in the relevant word for what you're searching.
  • Get the local time anywhere :

    What time is it in Japan right now? Ask Google. Enter simply what time is it to get the local time in big cities around the world, or add the locale at the end of your query, like what time is it hong kong to get the local time there.
  • Track flight status :

    Enter the airline and flight number into the Google search box and get back the arrival and departure times right inside Google's search results.
  • Convert currency, metrics, bytes, and more :

    Google's powerful built-in converter calculator can help you out whether you're cooking dinner, traveling abroad, or building a PC. Find out how many teaspoons are in a quarter cup by typing quarter cup in teaspoons or type seconds in a year to find out how many seconds are there are in a year. A few other examples can be type 5 USD in Euro to know how many euros there are to five dollars. For the geekier set, numbers in hex or binary 19 in binary are also pretty useful.
  • Compare items with "better than" and find similar items with "reminds me of" :

    Simply type better than WinAmp to get results for media players that are better than WinAmp.
    You can also try out phrases like -
    • reminds me of Metallica
    • similar to Monkey
    • sounds like The Shins
    to get more relevant searches.
  • Remove affiliate links from product searches :

    You can exclude certain websites from the search result listing for a product say Nikon D3000 camera. If you wish to search for this product on sites except, and simply type nikon d3000 camera The minus (-) sign before the words 'site' in the search query will exclude the sites from search result listings.
  • Find related terms and documents :

    Adding a tilde (~) to a search term will return related terms. For example, Googling ~nutrition returns results with the words nutrition, food, and health in them.
  • Find music and comic books :

    Using a combination of advanced search operators that specify music files available in an Apache directory listing, you can turn Google into your personal Napster. Go ahead, try this search for Nirvana tracks: intitle:"index of" + description + size + (wma|mp3) "Nirvana". (Sub out Nirvana for the band you're interested in; use this one in conjunction with number 7 to find new music, too.) The same type of search recipe can find comic books as well.
  • ID people, objects, and foreign language words and phrases with Google Image Search :

    Google Image search results show you instead of tell you about a word. Don't know what jicama looks like? Not sure if the person named "Atul" who you're emailing with is a woman or a man? Spanish rusty and you forgot what "corazon" is? Pop your term into Google Image Search or type image jicama into the regular search box to see what your term's about.
  • Make Google recognize faces :

    If you're doing an image search for Paris Hilton and don't want any of the French city, a special URL parameter in Google's Image search will do the trick. Add &imgtype=face to the end of your image search URL to just get images of faces, without any inanimate objects. Try it out with a search for rose (which returns many photos of flowers) versus rose with the face parameter.
  • Find websites linking to a particular site :

    Type and you will get a list of all the websites that link to
  • allinurl:photo_gallery show_album shows only pages with all the mentioned terms in the URL.
  • allintitle:theme photography shreyas shows only results with the terms present in the page title.
  • intitle:theme photography is similar to 'allintitle', but only for the next word. This means intitle:theme photography finds only pages with theme in the title, and photography anywhere on the page.
  • stocks:reliance will lookup for reliance in a stock index.
  • filetype:pdf will restrict searches to that filetype. If we wish to exclude Adobe PDF files from the result listing, then type -filetype:pdf
  • allintext:google will search for the text google within text of pages, but not in the links or page title.

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