Maximize Your Google Search
Google is a powerful search engine that provides millions of results in a fraction of a second. Apart from giving search results, Google also offers other important tools such as Calendar, Drive, Sites, Photos, etc. No matter what information you are looking for, Google will avail it to you very fast, or even before you hit the search button. Do you know that there are different ways by which you could maximize your use of Google? Here’s how. Use of quotation marks Quotation marks allow you to find the exact words/phrases you are looking for. For example, when you are trying to find a specific text or line from a book, song lyrics, or an article, putting the text/phrase in quotation marks will make Google to lead you to the exact place you are looking for. Searching for specific document types This is helpful if you are searching for documents of a particular type. You include the modifier “filetype” in your search. For example, when looking for pdf file related to search engine optimization, you can type “search engine optimization” filetype:pdf. Using Either/Or symbols Using the either/or symbol will indicate to Google that you are looking for any of the words separated by the symbol. For example, when you are looking for Mariah Carey or Mariah Tailor or Mariah James, al you need to do it to type Mariah Carey/Tailor/James. This will generate pages having the names you are looking for. Using the wildcard (*) symbol (or asterisk) This symbol helps if you want Google to fill in the blanks. It comes in handy when, for instance, you are looking for the lyrics to a song and you couldn’t understand some of the singer’s words. Just insert the wildcard (*) symbol and Google will fill in for you. Using the minus (-) sign If you keep finding pages that contain information that you don’t need, you can tell Google that you don’t want you don’t want these pages using either the not function or the minus (-) sign. For example, if you want to find coffee shops in Oregon but want to eliminate Starbucks from the result, just type Oregon coffee shops-Starbucks. Using the tilde (~) symbol This symbol is used to find synonyms (words that are similar in meaning to the phrase or keyword you are looking for). For example searching for ~cheap iPhone will make Google to also lead you to “inexpensive” or “affordable” iPhones.