Cool Google Search Tips

Google Search Cool Google Search Tips

Here are a few of our favorite Google Search Tips:

1. The best way to begin searching harder with Google is by clicking the Advanced Search link.

2. In the search bar, type site:www.yourdomainname.com to find out all that Google knows about you.

3. To look for phrases, put them in quotes: “there’s no smoke without fire”

4. Synonym search looks for words that mean similar things. Use the tilde symbol before your keyword, like this: ~eggplant

5. Google has some very powerful, hidden search parameters, too. For example “intitle” only searches page titles. Try intitle:herbs

6. Want to know how many links there are to a site? Try link:sitename – for example link:www.mozilla.org

7. Similarly, you can find pages that Google thinks are related in content, using the related: modifier. Use it like this: related:www.microsoft.com

8. Access Google Directory – a database of handpicked and rated sites – at directory.google.com

9. The general search engine can get very specific indeed. Try movie: to look for movie reviews.

10. There’s also a built-in dictionary. Try define: wordstring in the search box.

11. Google stores the content of old sites. You can search this cache direct with the syntax keyword cache:site_url

12. Alternatively, enter cache:site_url into Google’s search box to be taken direct to the stored site.

13. No calculator handy? Use Google’s built in features. Try typing 12*15 and hitting “Google Search”.

14. Google’s calculator converts measurements and understands natural language. Type in 14 stones in kilos, for example.

15. It does currency conversion too. Try 200 pounds in euros

16. And temperature! Just type: 98 f to c to convert Fahrenheit to Centigrade.

17. Want to know how clever Google really is? Type 2476 in roman numerals, then hit “Google Search”…

18. Click “More” under “Try something new” to access a full list of Google sites and new features.

19. “Custom Search” enables you to create a branded Google search for your own site.

20. Search locally by appending your post code to the end of query. For example Indian food BA1 2BW finds restaurants in Bath, with addresses and phone numbers!

21. Looking for a map? Just add map to the end of your query, like this: Greenville map

22. Google finds images just as easily and lists them at the top, when you add image to the end of your search.

23. Keeping an eye on stocks? Type stocks: followed by market ticker for the company and Google returns the data from Google Finance.

24. Enter the carrier and flight number in Google’s main search box to return flight tracking information.

25. What time is it? Find out anywhere by typing time then the name of a place.

26. Click “I’m Feeling Lucky” to be taken straight to the first page Google finds for your keyword.

27. Enter a statistics based query like population of United States into Google, and it will show you the answer at the top of its results.

28. Google’s Safe Search protects you from explicit sexual content. You can choose to filter results more stringently or switch it off completely.

29. Google’s default of 10 results a page can be increased to up to 100 in Search Preferences, too.

30. You can also set Google to open your search results in a new window.

31. Want to see what others are searching for or improve your page rank? Go to www.google.com/zeitgeist

32. Another useful, experimental search can be found at www.google.com/trends – where you can find the hottest search terms.

33. To compare the performance of two or more terms, enter them into the trends search box separated by commas.

34. Type answer to life, the universe and everything into Google. You may be surprised by the result…

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