(I know I’m super late to share these tips and tricks for better Google search results. And some of you would be already knowing some of these tips. But, it’s better to refresh your knowledge. BTW at the end of the day no one remembers a sh*t.)
“Google is too smart to get you anything you want”. (Damn it! Who said that?! I’d like to give a Hulk slap on that person’s face!) Yesterday, I was searching for new smartphone companies that have recently entered the smartphone race. And Google dropped me over new smartphones launched. Also results specific to my locality. Well, I got what I wanted(but not exactly what I wanted) using advanced search tools.
But, apart from my search query, there are many queries that google doesn’t understand and gets you ended with irrelevant content. To get what you want you’ll have to play with google. So, here are some tips that’ll force google for better search results. I’ve only shared some super useful tips, not all. Others can be found in the resource section.
Note: These tips are only for the power users and not for those lazy piece of sh*t who never cares of searching over next pages in google.
Google Search Query Tips
Google cares only of the keywords. Adding big questions like “Best smartphones with android jelly bean that cost below $300?” would confuse Google and won’t give you the desired search results. Instead excluding the the stop words like “with” and “that” will give better results. So you can write “android jelly bean smartphones under $300”.This is pretty basic stuff. But in the entire guide we’ll focus on some really interesting search query tips that’ll force Google to give you accurate results.
The AROUND(n) operator
With the AROUND(n) operator you can set the proximity of the words used in the query
. Say for example you’re searching for “Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda”. Well, there will be many sites that would include this phrase. But also those sites will be included where “Chester Bennington” will on one part of the page and “Mike Shinoda” on the other. You want those sites that provide their names more closer.(I’m a bit obsessed right now about Linkin Park. Their name came up in my mind, so just used it as example.)So, you’ll use the AROUND(n) operator to set the proximity of how much closer that words should be. Here n shows the number that’ll indicate how much closer it should be. Lower the number, more closer the words
. So you’ll type “chester bennington AROUND(2) mike shinode”
(excluding the quotes).
So, that should show you sites that have their names be at least 2 to 3 words closer. It gives you the power for more specific search. Make sure you type the AROUND operator in capital, else, it may not work.
For finding results of the exact phrase just add double quotes around that phrase. For example “Linkin Park best songs”. So, that’ll show you sites matching the exact phrase.
Eliminate words (minus operator)
Say for example you want to find Best smartphones of 2014 but those results should not include iPhone. So to get such results you’ll have to use the -(minus) operator. Just type in Best smartphones in 2014 -iPhone
. That’ll show sites that have best smartphones with iPhone not included in their list.Also that can be helpful if you don’t want certain site in the search results. Let’s take the previous example of exact phase. The search results for “linkin park best songs” also gave me the Youtube vidoes. But I don’t want those. So, I’ll add -youtube
after the phrase.
So, that should remove youtube from search results. Thus, you can use operators together for better results.
Get Variety (OR operator)
Lets say you want to buy sneakers but confused between red or white color. Google can help you there in finding variety of sneakers that are specifically red or white(also red-white). The OR operator gives you variety of those keywords in the results. So, you’ll type Sneakers (red OR white OR green). (You can add as many keywords you want).
May be you’re not interested to buy it from ebay and zappos. So, just use the minus operator in integration with OR.
It is used for site specific search. Let’s say you’re searching for Best Android apps of the month. So, to search those keywords for a specific site use Best android apps of the month site:alltechflix.com.
So, that’ll give you all results of alltechflix.com only.
May be you’re not interested for webpages but for files. Let’s say you want to search for pdf file of “Art of ware by Sun Tzu”. So you’ll type filetype:pdf art of war by sun tzu