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How to effectively search on Google? 10 advanced tips for 2022

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Do you know? Around 86.9 billion people visited Google.com in the month of June 2021 alone. That’s roughly around 11 times the total population in the World! Being the most visited website, Google Search is undoubtedly one of our favorite online destinations. From students and professors, to CEOs and Governments, Google Search is everyone’s first choice when it comes to searching for anything online. While Google searching seems like a layman’s task, only a few of us know how to use it more skillfully and productively. In this post today, I will share how to effectively search on Google using 10 advanced search tricks.

1. Find the exact word/phrase/sentence

Sometimes we want to search for an exact match keyword. For example, a student might get stuck on a particular math problem. In such situations, the best way to effectively search on Google is to put a part of the sentence in double quotes “like this” and hit the search bar.

Format:

“Keywords”

Look at the screenshot below…

Google – Exact Match search query example

2. Exclude a specific keyword from search results

Sometimes we wish to exclude certain keyword(s) from our search results. To do so, enter your search query followed by a minus sign and the keywords that you wish to exclude.

Format:

keywords -keywords you want to exclude

Here’s another example:

Excluding a particular keyword from Google search

Not just keywords, this search operator can also be used to exclude particular websites from your search results. Let’s suppose, in the above example, if you don’t want to see results from cisco.com, you should type keywords -cisco.com in the search bar.

3. Combine two keywords

Use the OR operator in between two keywords to see search results consisting of either or both of these keywords.

Format:

keyword1 OR keyword2

Here is an example:

4. Limit search results to a specific website

If you would like to restrict your search results to a specific website only, then this advanced google search tip would be very handy.

Format:

site:website.com

For example, if you are working on a research project, you may wish to restrict the search results to authoritative sources like Wikipedia. Accordingly, your search query will look like this…

5. Search for a specific file type

Do you wish to directly download a particular file from Google search results? You have to learn how to properly use the file type operator!

Format:

filetype: pdf

Note: You should replace the filetype “pdf” with any other filetype you wish to download. For example – mp3, mp4, doc, docx, ppt, jpg, png, etc.

For example: If you want to directly download a pdf file on COVID induced natural immunity, and prefer to stick with resources from the Worth Health Organization website, you would enter the following string in Google search:

site:who.int “Covid natural immunity” filetype:pdf

6. Search for related websites

If you like a particular website and wish to explore more websites in the same niche, then you have to use the related search operator followed by the website URL.

Format:

related: website address

For example, if you like Lifehacker website, you can explore related websites using the following search terms:

related:lifehacker.com

7. Search for all articles from a particular author

Picture this: You are reading an article online. You feel so deeply connected with the author that you wish to explore all his/her articles on the web. How would you do this? You will make use of the post author search operator in Google search.

Format:

post author: Name of the Author

The above search string will return a list of all the websites where the Author has contributed his/her articles.

8. Utilize Google’s inherent calculator and converter

Google has a powerful calculator integrated with its search results. So, you get instant results on typing any math equation or conversions.

Here are some examples:

  • What is the volume of sphere of radius 15 cm?
  • 100*(1+5%)
  • Convert 1000USD to INR
  • Convert 500 km to yard

Here is the detailed support page by Google that explains the scope and capabilities of Calculator and Converter.

google calculator

9. Translate from one language to another

I know that we all can use Google translate website to get this job done. But let’s try to do this from Google search itself, and remove this one extra step…

Format:

translate – foreign language phrase to Desired language name

For example, please refer to the screenshot below:

If you want to restrict your search results to a specific range of numbers, then this is the tip for you.

Format:

Search query Num1..Num2

Note that the range of numbers is separated by two consecutive periods(..)

For example, if you want to buy a MacBook and you’ve a budget in the range from $500 to $1000, then your search query will look something like this:

Buy a MacBook $500..$1000

How do you search the web?

I hope these tips will definitely help you search on Google more effectively. If you know any other power search tip that’s worth mentioning here, please let me know in your comments below…

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Abhishek Raj is the founder of Budding Geek. He is an inveterate blogger with a decade of experience in the internet technology & online marketing industry. Abhishek takes pride on being featured in some of the top industry websites like Marketing Land, Social Media Today, LifeHacker & ProBlogger. Learn more about Abhishek

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