10 Tips to Search Like a Pro Using Google [Infographic]

Google has impacted our lives in a tremendous way.  For everything and anything, you can just go to Google and you are able to find what you need within a few seconds.  However, there are times when we have to go to the second, third and fourth pages of search results and still not able to find something we look for.

Its important to know that Google search is not just about the search box that you see on its homepage. The search engine constantly strive to create a better search experience for its users. There are many search tools like image search, blog search, news search, map search etc using which you can narrow down the search results and find what exactly you are searching for. However, there are quite a few search techniques (called Google search modifiers) which can be very handy when you search for something more specific. For example, if you wanted to find out something from a certain site, and the site doesn’t have an inbuilt search function, you can use Google to find information from that site.  This infographic explains 10 such search tips worth knowing to show off your search skills.

Google search tricks using search modifiers

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1. “internet marketing”

Lets say you need information on internet marketing. Instead of just typing internet marketing which gives results that contain ‘internet’ and ‘marketing’, enclose the search phrase within double quotes to get results that contain the exact phrase.

2. related:cnn.com

If you want to find similar or sites related to the topic of a site, use the related: modifier. For example, use the above search to find international news sites like CNN.

3. salsa recipe -tomatoes

Lets say you need a salsa recipe but doesn’t want to include tomato in the ingredients. Use the minus – sign to specify particular items you don’t want in your results.

4. blake griffin site:nba.com

Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Use the site: modifier. If you need results that contain a very specific term, put the search term within double quotes, e.g ”blake griffin” site:nba.com

5. usd to yen

Just use currency1 in currency2 to get the current exchange rate between any currencies. You can even search like 130 usd to yen as well.

6. movie

Just type in movie in the search box. Based on your location, Google would show all the movies, theaters and showtimes in your area.

7.weather miami

Want to know the weather in a city or area before planning or starting a trip? Simply put weather followed by the area name.

8. 72 % of 3589

Need to find out a percentage? Use “% of” between the numbers. You can also use the search box for arithmetic functions using modifiers like +, -, *, / etc.

9. ~tax consultant

If you want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms, prefix “~” to the word.

10.international driving permit application filetype:pdf

If you need specific types of files in the results, use filetype: as the modifier. The above example would give you only pdf files in the results. Similarly, you can search for doc, pdf, xls etc.

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