Google is a major tool in our life. It is the most powerful search engine and an internet angel for some of us who rely on it to get information about anything that we can think of. Sometimes Google search results not relevant and there is 2 reasons for that:
- The way we ask(search) is not correct
- Because such information doesn’t exist on Google
It’s true that not everything is available on Google which is because we ‘humans’ didn’t insert ‘everything’ there on Google. You can learn more how does Google works here
If you are living in this century then you must know how to search on Google and how to get information about a specific person/object/thing. And for that we can use Google Search Operators.
What are Google Search Operators
Google Search Operators are some commands provided by Google itself. They are very easy to use, perhaps I can say that you would get addicted using them after reading this article. There are almost 42 Google Search Operators and some of them are advanced but in this tutorial we are going to learn the usage of the 8 most important Google Search Operators and they are:
This operator is used to define a particular website you want to get information from. So when you use this operator for any website you just get every existing(unless it’s private) content on your search result from that website only.
As above, you can see the every search result is from wikipedia.com which I’ve used as example.
The word itself may define what it means, right? So this operator is used when you want to find any information and the search result should contain a specific word we provide through this operator.
For example, we want every search result to contain ‘happiness‘ word in their pages
As you can see, every pages in the result contains the ‘happiness‘ word. Now you might be thinking, “Well, isn’t it same when we just search for ‘happiness‘ on Google and the result is still same even if we don’t use ‘intext‘ operator here?”
Yeah nice point but there is a huge difference when you use this operator within just normal keywords.
Such as this way:
As per the screenshot above, you can see that I have actually searched for ‘Google search techniques‘ and I have used ‘operator‘ word using ‘intext‘ operator which tells Google to bring me those pages containing the keywords I have provided but the results must include the ‘operator‘ word.
Now you may have another question here, “Why don’t I just search for ‘Google search techniques operator‘ altogether?”
Of course you can but when you provide long keywords such as that one, you don’t get relevant search results from Google but Google actually brings you all those pages that contains each of every single word that are within the ‘keywords‘ and for your information it could also mean that, a single page from search result may not contain every words within the ‘keywords’. So, different pages contains different words. Am I clear? If not please do comment in the end of this article.
Similar to ‘intext‘ but this one might be interesting for you if you have confusion regarding the ‘intext‘ explanation above. Using this operator you tell Google to show you the exact results that match your keywords. For this example, we are going to search for ‘advanced google searching‘
Make sure to use quotation marks as shown in the screenshot to get the exact result.
When you use this operator, you tell Google to show only those pages if their page title is same as your keyword. For example, let’s search for some resources that has ‘free‘ word in the title and for that we will search for ‘iPhone 11 pro max‘ and combine the keywords with ‘intitle‘ operator,
As above, every page contains the keyword that we have used through the ‘intitle‘ operator.
NOTE: Please don’t sell your precious kidney for just an iPhone (LOL)
Similar to ‘intitle‘ operator but more useful to get exact search result. As for example, let’s look up for some websites that provides free eBooks on psychology or at least talk about free eBooks on psychology. So we would use the operator this way:
allintitle:”free psychology ebook”
So, every page title is matched with the keywords and no other word is included outside the keywords.
This operator is very useful when you want to get into a particular folder/directory of any website. It maybe a single website or a list of websites.
For example, let’s say that we want to see if the wikipedia.com has any contact page on their website so that can contact with them for no reason LOL
Oh! Seems like Wikipedia doesn’t like if we contact with them for no reason and thus contact page doesn’t exist or it’s named in different way. But let’s try it on Seekers Planet,
Ah great! It shows that contact page exist. Point to be noted, I did not use quotation marks here but if I do then I would get more relevant search result.
We can exclude the ‘site‘ operator if we want results from random websites. For example, if there is any website directory by your first name you have to just type it in this way:
inurl:”your first name”
And the result is there. Similar to this you can think of any word and search through this operator.
Again, same as the above operator but more useful to find multiple keywords based results.
In the screenshot above, we have used multiple words as keywords to find relevant search result and it seems like the whole link of the site listed in the result contains almost every words within the keywords we have provided.
More clearly, if we pick the first page from the result which is:
Here, after .com/ few keywords here is part of the same keywords we have use through the ‘allinurl‘ operator.
Another interesting operator here. This operator is used when you want to find some particular files that are formatted in different kind of file formats.
For example, you are new into programming world and now you want some free resource on programming that can be found in pdf/mp3/mp4 or any other usable format and for that we are going to use this operator this way:
Voila! some good resources! Similar to this you can search for any kind of file from a specific website using the ‘site‘ operator.
That’s it! If you have enjoyed reading the tutorial please do share this on your social media accounts so that others can be benefited from this and if you have any kind of doubt related to this article or for any kind of information, let me know in the comment section.