Searching something using Google Search is really simple; one simple search and you already found what you’ve wanted within the first page – Google is also getting smarter day by day with updates (just hope they don’t emerge as Skynet).
But then again, there are times that you don’t really get what you want. Especially those hard-to-find information that is buried deep in the Internet; you’ll need more than just simple sentences to use Google Search effectively.
A study in 2011 at Illinois Wesleyan University reveals that fewer than 25% of their students could perform a “reasonably well-executed search”. I’m pretty sure that only a small percentage of Google Search users can search effectively as well.
Dig out all the information you want by using all these special keywords and you’ll be searching at Google much more effectively in no time!
When searching something with specific information; you’ll have a higher chance to uncover what you want.
- If you want to search anything from a particular website, add in “site:“, the domain of your choice, and the query. Example: searching “site:augmentedrealitytrends.com events” will return you webpages of Augmented Reality Trends that contains the keyword “events”.
- You can also search for sub-domains of a website using the first tip by adding a forward slash, and the page name. Example: searching “site:augmentedrealitytrends.com/virtual-reality” will return you posts from Augmented Reality Trends which are from the “Virtual Reality” category.
- You can even find posts from your favorite authors by adding in the “author: ” tag. Example: “author: Brian Ashcraft” (don’t forget to add in the space after the colon!). Also, you can search for a particular genre: “(genre) author: (author)“.
- The “intitle:” tag is really helpful if you are struggling to find what you want; it displays results that contains the keyword. Example: “intitle:augmented reality“.
Searching something with a particular file format in common? You can add in “filetype:” after typing in your query to narrow down your searching scope!
- If you want to search any Photoshop files for example: type in “filetype:psd“.
- You’re not just limited to image files, you can search for document files as well! Like “docx”, “pdf” and so on!
Broadening Your Search:
If you want to search something in general, the asterisk (*) is a powerful wildcard that can be useful!
- Since it is a wildcard, it can fill in the blanks your queries. Example, “cats are *” can return you results from “cats are funny” to “cats are evil“. Yes, cats can be really, really funny and can be evil too.
These are only some of the keywords that you can use to improve your search results and get what you want; there are more ways you can search effectively in the Internet.
Why not you try digging out more information on how to search Google much more effectively; using those techniques that you’ve just learnt?
Do keep in mind that Google will add and change those search methods in the future though. Happy Google searching!