Hack Google! 10 hacks to get better search results from Google
By : Martin Offiah -
Hack Google! 10 hacks to get better search results from Google.
Google is no doubt the most popular and most used search engine globally. They’ve gone a long way in optimizing the quality of search results, giving you result that are most relevant to what you’re searching for. However, these 10 hacks listed below will help you get even better results –Hack Google! 10 hacks to get better search results from Google. Keep reading!
Hack 1: Use “-” to exclude keywords you don’t want
To exclude search results that contain words you don’t want, put a “-” followed by the word you want to exclude. This is very handy if you are searching for a word with several meanings and you want only streamlined results. E.g. searching for “galaxy” gives you this result.
While searching for “galaxy -phone -Samsung” gives you none-phone and none-Samsung related results.
Hack 2: Use “-Site:” to exclude results from a particular site
You can also use a similar method to eliminate results from a particular site by using “-site:” followed by the site you want to exclude e.g. “galaxy -site:Samsung.com” would eliminate any result from Samsung.com.
Hack 3: Put exact words/phrases in ” ” to get exact matches
If you want search results that contain an exact word or phrase, enclose it in quotes ” ” e.g. “Hack Google” gives you the result below.
Hack 4: Search within a specific site using “site:”
To get results from a specific site, simply type “site:” followed by the site you want to get results from e.g. “Blockchain site:techiewave.com” gives you results only results from Techiewave.com.
Hack 5: Specify a source using “source:”
Similar to the Hack 4, you can specify the source you require by typing “source:” followed by the source you need e.g. to search for IoT from Forbes, type “IoT source:Forbes”. This is very useful for instance in academic research where you can’t use information from just any source.
Hack 6: Find other similar sites using “related:”
This gives you sites with similar content to the URL you are searching for e.g. “related:google.com” gives you other sites like yahoo.com, bing.com that are similar to google.com.
Hack 7: Use “define:” to get only definitions.
If you need only definitions of a particular word, use “define:” followed by the word e.g. searching for “blockchain” gives you the result captured below.
While “define:blockchain” gives you the result below.
Hack 8: Search for specific file types using “filetype:”
To search for specific file types, use “filetype:” followed by the specific file type you need e.g. PDF. This is especially useful if you’re looking for a file you can download e.g. a PDF. The image below shows search results from “learn html fileype:pdf”
Hack 9: Get location related information using “location:”
To get news from a particular location, type in the info you need followed by “location:” and the specific location. In example below, we’re looking for Google events holding in New York so we type “google events location:NY”.
Hack 10: Specify range using “..”
To search for items e.g. prices within a specific range, type in the upper and lower limit separated by “..”. For example, typing “smartphones $300..$600” gives you details of smartphones that fall within the range of $300 and $600.
Using these Google search hacks can help you greatly improve the quality of results you get by eliminating irrelevant results and giving you more streamlined results. Thanks for reading, don’t forget to like and share! Also check out how to use Google data highlighter to markup your site’s data.
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