Maximizing your search capabilities with Google

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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 - " ".

Example:

"call of duty"  

 

call of duty search

 

 

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 "+".

Example:

"call of duty" +pc  

 

call of duty search +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.

Example:

"call of duty" +pc -ps4

 

 

call of duty" search +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. Look for "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 - ().  

 

"Georgia" AROUND(10) "country" search

 

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 site:.

Example:

"itai ganot" site:geek-kb.com  

 

"itai ganot" site:geek-kb.com search

 

 

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:".

Example:

site:geek-kb.com intitle:openvpn  

 

site:geek-kb.com intitle:openvpn search

 

 

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 inurl:.

Example:

inurl:/view.shtml

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..).  

 

inurl:/view.shtml search

 

 

Find free music

Searching Google for "index of /mp3" will find you lots of free music :)  

 

"index of /mp3" search

 

 

All these tips can help you refine your searches and help you find your data faster.  

 

Written by: Itai Ganot, 2017

E-Mail: itaig@tikalk.com