Maximizing your search capabilities with Google
The terminology which is used when searching for information in Google is about 90% of the way of actually finding what you're looking for.
The remaining 10% is How you search it.
In this article I'll show you some nice tricks which will increase your searching skills.
Find specific phrase or a string which contains more than one word
In order to find a statement which consists of more than one string use double quotes -
"call of duty"
Find a term AND another term, results must include the other term
If you want to find a term, knowing ahead at least one string which your search results must contain, use a plus character
"call of duty" +pc
This will give you all the results of "call of duty" which have the word "pc" in their title or body of the article.
Find a term, filter out another term
Some results may also contain information about "call of duty" for let's say playstation 4 for example, omitting these irrelevant results will help you focus on the remaining, more relevant results.
"call of duty" +pc -ps4
The above example will display all the results of "call of duty" which contain the word "pc" but will filter out the results contaning the string "ps4".
Find 2 terms where there are maximum 10 words apart between them
One very powerful, but undocumented search tool, is the AROUND function.
If you wanted to research Barack Obama's interactions with Australia, you could simply include both terms in a search, but you'd find thousands of articles in which these two terms may appear many paragraphs apart, and bear no relation to one another.
But if instead you search
"obama" AROUND(10) "australia" then the first results will be one in which Obama appears within ten words of Australia.
Another good example:
Let's say you're looking for information about Georgia (the country, not the US state).
Since Georgia is a US state and a known english name, finding information about Gerogia country would be hard.
So in this case the around function comes very handy.
"Georgia" AROUND(10) "country".
NOTE: for this to work, both search terms must be in double quotes, AROUND must be capitalized, and the number must be in parentheses -
Find string using a wildcard
Use a wildcrad
* if you want to find all the results containing
"the * cat".
The results you'll get will be "the angry cat", "the bad cat", etc...
Find all results which contain a string within a specific site
To find all the results of "itai ganot" in a specific site, use
"itai ganot" site:geek-kb.com
Find all results where specific term exists in the page title
To find all the results where the word "openvpn" is in the page's title, use "intitle:".
Find all results where specific term exists in the url
To find all the results which contain a specific string in the link itself, use
Searching Google for the above example will find you many public (or non-secured) internet cameras, some of them will allow you to play with the camera (changing angle, zooming, etc..).
Find free music
Searching Google for
"index of /mp3" will find you lots of free music :)
All these tips can help you refine your searches and help you find your data faster.
Written by: Itai Ganot, 2017