Tips for Efficient Google Search – Part 1

These easy to use search operators can help you in finding precise information in less time and efforts. Use these techniques to become a power user of Google search engine.
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Google search has become almost inseparable part of our lives. For every sort of information we look up Google’s massive database which contains index of almost all the webpages on Internet. Google search engine also has been delivering on the promise it makes. No doubt, through Google the world of information (or information of the world) stays on our fingertips. Google provides all kinds of operators and some interesting facilities (like countdown clock) to make search easy and fun.

Although, Google wants you to spend less time on their website, but still how much time do you spend on searching information through Google? I guess, it is safe to assume that a significant amount of time goes into looking for the information you need. For most people Google is all about asking questions. Most people type full questions in Google search; e.g.

Where is the nearest Pizza Hut to Saket

Those who understand the working of Google better –they type only keywords –saving time and effort of typing full questions; e.g.

pizza hut saket

This is good. However, Google search is not entirely based on keywords. Google empowers its users with a lot of options which you can use to reach the desired information in lesser time. Lets have a look at some of these options. I have selected only those which could be useful for a common user.

Google search engine can be used with higher efficiency.

Google search engine can be used with higher efficiency.

Plus operator

This operator forces search engine to definitely consider the keyword.

pizza saket +discount

Here Google will be forced to show you only those webpages that contain “discount” keyword. If you would not use + operator then Google will also show the results which will be relevant only with “pizza” and “saket” but will have no “discount” in it.

Another use of + operator is to force inclusion of words like “where”, “how”, “I”, “my”, “of” etc. in search results. Normally Google does not consider these words even if your type them in search.

Minus operator

To force a keyword’s exclusion from search results.

pizza saket –hut

This example will force Google to show results where “pizza” is there; and/or “saket” is there BUT “hut” will definitely not be there.

Synonym operator

The sign on tilde ( ~ ) is used as synonym operator. Suppose, you want to search for inexpensive gloves and you type your query as:

~inexpensive gloves

Google will return results for: “inexpensive gloves”, “cheap gloves”, “affordable gloves”, “low cost gloves”. Therefore, you are actually doing several relevant search in one go!

Number Range operator

Two dots (..) are used to denote a number range. There should not be any space in between or on either side of these two dots.

european history 1400..1450

This search will return results relevant with European history but will also make sure that the webpages have numbers between 1400 to 1450 in them.

Wildcard operator

Asterisk (aka star) sign is used for matching any one or more words. E.g.

movies of * genre

This search will bring you results related with all the genre because * can be replaced by anything. For instance this search can match with “movies of drama genre”, “movies of comedy genre”, “movies of horror genre” etc.

Phrase operator

In Google quotes are used to look for a phrase.

"Roshan likes sunshine"

This search will bring you only those pages where complete and exact phrase “Roshan likes sunshine” will be found. If you will not use quotes around phrase –the search results will also include pages where words “Roshan” and/or “sunshine” will appear.

I will talk about more operators in my next article on Google search operators and other facilities. Stay tuned!

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