Whilst we all know how to enter a basic search term into Google search and click through each page of results — this is not the best way to find exactly what you are looking for, as even obscure search terms can return literally millions of results, with the most linked to pages appearing first. However the popularity of a website doesn’t guarantee the quality or relevance of its content.
In this video we are going to share our Top Ten Google Search Tips, tricks and search techniques that will help you Google Like a Pro, and find exactly what you are looking for, in the minimum amount of time.
The Top 10 Google Search Tips to help you Google Like A Pro
#1 — How to search for an exact phrase or quote
If you want identify the source of a quote or phrase, or exclude any website that doesn’t include the exact phrase you are looking for, then simply place the search term in quotation marks (“”)
GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS EXAMPLE: “To be or not to be. That is the question“
#2 — Exclude a word from search results
If you want to prevent a certain word from appearing in search results, simply place a dash or minus symbol directly before the word you wish to omit:
GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS EXAMPLE: I’m all about that bass -fishing -fish
Similarly, if you are interested in a news item, you can remove certain news sources entirely using this technique. Simply enter a search term, then add a dash (-) before the news outlet you wish to omit, and watch it instantly vanish from the results. EXAMPLE: -CNN would remove CNN from the Google search results.
#3 — Search for phrases/quotes with missing words
Have you ever wanted to search for a film title, song line, or quote from a book only to find you have forgotten certain key words? Don’t worry, Google can help with that. Simply uses an asterisk as a placeholders for all missing words.
Just yesterday my friend recommended a book on philosophy called something like ‘A Little something something Philosophy’, but when entered in Google, it doesn’t find the correct book.
GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS EXAMPLE: Simply type A Little * * Philosophy and Google returns the correct result based on the placeholders.
#4 — Perform a Reverse Image Search
By performing a reverse image search, you can track the origin of an image and see where else it is posted online, as well as have Google provide other images that are similar or related.
Go to images.google.com and then either click the camera icon to upload an image from your computer, or you can find an image hosted online, right click on it and choose ‘Copy Image URL’ and paste it into the search field.
The first page of results will display images that are similar or related to your original, and to find matching images, click ‘search by image’ to display exact matches. This is a great way to find the origin of a specific image as mousing over each thumbnail displays the URL of the page on which it appears.
#5 — Search within a single website
One of Google’s most useful features, especially for researchers, is its ability to search within a single website. To search a single site, simply enter your search term, followed by site:url.
GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS EXAMPLE: thomas payne site:archive.org — this returns only those pages on archive.org relevant to the search query where you can find his complete works as a PDF.
#6 — Search for similar websites
If you have found a website that you really like, you can type related:url (epictutorials.com) and Google will do its best to find websites that are related to the one entered. Whilst this doesn’t guarantee equally excellent content, it does save some time finding related sites.
GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS EXAMPLE: related:epictutorials.com
#7 — Search for a cached version of a website
Have you ever gone back to reread something posted on a website only to find that it has been removed or updated? Type cache: followed by the URL to find the last cached version of that site which may contain material that has been deleted or updated since. The frequency with which the website is updated will determine how often Google caches the site, but often the cached version can be weeks, or even months older than the current version.
#8 — Search for a specific file type
Google allows you to search for a particular file type by typing filetype: followed by the file types extensions, for example pdf, ppt, doc, or xls. This is an incredibly useful tool if you want material published in these formats. By searching for a pdf over a regular website, you are likely to find academic essays, reports, entire books and much else of interest. Likewise searching for a ppt file will often yield hundreds of powerpoint presentations that often contain the information in a distilled form from sources such as universities.
GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS EXAMPLE: Introduction to formal logic filetype:pdf
#9 — Only display results that include search term in page title
To perform a search that only returns the pages with your search term as their title, just type intitle: then your search term (Epic Tutorials).
GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS EXAMPLE: intitle: to google like a pro — if you want to force an exact match then type – intitle:”how to google like a pro”.
#10 — Search Google without Using Google (and protect your privacy)
Lastly, if you want to use all the benefits of Google’s excellent search engine, but are concerned about your privacy and the cosy relationship Google’s Eric Schmidt has with the NSA – then try startpage.com as your default search engine and take your online privacy back. StartPage delivers Google Search results without recording your IP address or placing tracking cookies in your browser, as well as using SSL encryption to ensure your ISP can’t record what you do online.