Google is an amazing search engine with lots of features. Others have tried to be as good as Google but have failed. Yahoo, finally after about 15 years threw in the towel and released everything for Microsoft to run. Will Microsoft be as successful as Google? That remains to be seen yet.
Many people put in keywords in Google when trying to find things. While this is a very good way to find things, there are advanced operators you can use for a better search experience. Over 50% of searches are done one time where people will only perform for once. Google has an extensive database on this. A great way to find things is by asking a question for whatever it is you want to know.
But there are still other ways to find what you are looking for on Google.
• Using quotations.
If you want a specific word to show up in the results, then you can use quotations. This will ensure your word or phrase shows up in the results.
• Other advanced methods.
There are also other ways you can change and manipulate Google to your liking.
Change the amount of search results.
You can change the amount of search results that show up on the pages. The default is set to 10; however, you can set this all the way up to 100. At the top, right you will see a gear icon, click on it and choose change search settings. Now this does not work if you have Google instant turned on. Therefore, you will need to turn of Google instant if you want to change the amount of results. After you turn off Google instant, scroll down and you will see the results settings. Change it to how many settings you want.
Using the site: command.
Sometimes you find a website that you want to find for a specific topic. However, the websites does not have a search feature. This is where you can use the site: command. You would just type in your keyword and then the website into Google. I.e. “news” site:google.com. News is in quotations, so Google for that specific word only on Google.com.
You may want to know which websites link to a specific webpage. If so just use link:www.examplewebsite.com. This will uncover any links leading to a specific webpage.
Searching for filetypes:
You may want to find a specific file type. If so just use the filetype command. Just type in your keyword and then the file type command, “windows xp filetype:pdf.”
Using + and – commands:
Sometimes when you try and find things, they are very common with another. Let’s say you are looking how to repair windows in your home and you want to do a general search. Well just searching with the term repairing windows can also turn up computer websites offering advice on how to fix Microsoft windows. If this is the case use the – command and search for “repairing windows” –computer –Microsoft. Now you have a better chance at getting actual repairing windows for your home advice. Of you can use the + sign to turn up positive results for other keywords.
There are also a whole host of other commands you can use when trying to find things. Some of these commands are:
Allintext: Search for specific keywords on a page.
Allintitle: Search for pages with a specific keyword in the title of a page.
Allinurl: Search for pages that contain certain keywords in the url of a page.
Google has a whole host of commands you can use to search. I recommend you head on over to the googleguide.com to learn more and how to produce better results in Google.