When it comes to defining Google search, I have nothing left to say, it has already passed the acid test. Today, Google is not only a search engine, it is now the definition of searching. Today, people don’t say they are searching, they say they are Googling. Its database is so large that you can get the answer to almost any of your query. Google is continuously helping us to fetch information of our need. However, if you use Google Search operators in your search, your search result will become more specific.
Think about the situation when we conduct a normal search, it displays thousand of results regarding our search term and dropping us in the sea of information. At that time we face the real problem, we have to spend both time and effort to extract the needed information from that huge list. But, if we include Google Search Operators in our search, the effort can be hurdled up to a certain extent. Today, I am going to share with you the tweak of applying various Google search operators, which you will be able to search specifically from Google search like an expert.
Google provides us with some search symbols as well as search operators to make the search narrow and specific. Using one of them or combining some of them in search criteria can give you a really short and specific list. Let’s see, what are those symbols and operators and what role are they playing to shorten our search.
Google search Operators and Symbols and their functions:
There have two kinds of search operand one is the symbol and another is the operators. I have described both of them below, have a look.
You can use this symbol to find Google+ pages or blood groups like O+. Beside this, you can use it to join two or more search terms like “Indian+blogger”.
This symbol can be used to find any social tags like “@techintak”.
You can use this symbol to search any popular hashtags on trending topics like “#love”.
You can call this symbol an odd man out symbol. If you conduct a search and don’t want results from a specific site then you can use this symbol in your search e.g. If you want to check the price of canon 5d Mark 2 camera but don’t want the price offers from Amazon then you can use these search criteria, “canon+5d+mark2+price -www.amazon.in”. You will get all price listing from various sites except www.amazon.in.
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If you enclose your search term with quotes then, Google will search for the term through pages in exact words and exact order.
This symbol is called asterisk, which is quite popular as a wildcard character. Here, in Google search, you can also use it as a wildcard character. For example, if you want to find all websites which contain ‘.gov.in’ then you can use this search term “site:www.*.gov.in”. Or you can also use it to find a missing term in a phrase like “break * rule in * book”
This symbol is specially dedicated to finding a certain range of numbers. For example, if you type ” mobile $100..$500″, you will get the various mobile price within that given range.
If you desired to search a particular topic on a given site then this ‘site’ operator is very helpful. It can reveal all the required information by writing simply ” search_term site:site_url” e.g. “Gmail site:www.techintak.com”.
This search operator shows you the pages which contain a certain link. For example, “link:YouTube.com” will show you the pages which contain the YouTube link.
This search operator is very useful when you want to know about similar websites of a known website. For example, “related:www.facebook.com” will show you all similar websites like Facebook.
This search operator displays pages that might use one of your searched words, i.e. “car OR bike”.
If you are desired to know about any web URL then this is the most suitable search operator you should use. It will display cached version, similar pages and pages that linked to that site. e.g “info:google.com”.
This search operator shows you the cached version of the page when Google last visited it. e.g. “cache:techintak.com”.
I have tried to simplify the operation of various Google search operators. I personally use these above-mentioned search operators to conduct a specific search. Try them and let us know how do you feel about it.