Yes I said How to Google Google. You know what I mean … how do you search for content on the web using Google? Here’s one place to get you started from the search engine’s author. Yes, Google publishes help articles on how to search on it’s own tool. In addition to its own list, here are 10 tips and tricks to help you Google like a pro; the first 5 come straight from Googles own document.
How to search on Google
Tip 1: Keep it simple
No matter what you’re looking for, try to start with a simple search. Add a few descriptive words if necessary. If you’re looking for a place or product in a specific location, add the town or zip code.
Tip 2: Use web friendly words
Use words that are most likely to appear on websites. For example, instead of saying
my head hurts, say
headache, because that’s the term a medical site would use.
Try it out: headache
Tip 3: Don’t worry about the little things
- Spelling. Google’s spell checker automatically uses the most common spelling of a given word, whether or not you spell it correctly. Try it out: gooogle
- Capital letters. A search for new york times is the same as a search for New York Times.
- Punctuation. Most punctuation, like ?!,.%^*(),, is ignored when you search.
Tip 4: Find quick answers
For many searches, Google will do the work for you and display an answer right on the search results page immediately after you type it. Try some of the searches below either by typing or searching by voice:
Some features, such as information about sports teams, are not available in all regions.
- Weather. Search for weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name after weather to find weather in that area. Try it out: weather paris
- Dictionary. Put define in front of any word. Try it out: define loquacious
- Calculations. Enter a math equation to see the answer, along with a calculator to solve more problems, even graphing equations. Try it out: 3*9123
- Unit conversions. Enter any conversion, like measurement or speed. Try it out: 3 dollars in euros
- Sports. Search for the name of your team to see a schedule, game scores and more. Try it out: real madrid
- Quick facts. Search for the name of a celebrity, location, movie, or song, and see quick information on the right side of the page. You can get all kinds of fast facts, photos, and other info using the knowledge graph. Try it out: albert einstein
Some of the quick answer features are not available in all languages. For more examples of quick answers, see the complete list of Tips and Tricks.
Tip 5: Become a search expert
Want more tips and tricks to help you search like a pro? Check out the links below to learn more advanced search techniques.
- Advanced Search
- Image search
- Search operators
- Search tools and filters
- Punctuation and symbols in search
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Tip 6 : Exclude Keywords
Say you want to search for content about agile marketing, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term advertising. To do this, simply use the “-” sign in front of the word you want to exclude.
- agile marketing -advertising
Tip 7 : Explicit Phrase
Looking for content exclusively about agile marketing? Instead of typing agile marketing into the Google search box, you’ll likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.
- “agile marketing”
Tip 8: Site Search
You may want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:unfunnel.com” modifier.
- “agile marketing” site:www.unfunnel.com
Tip 9: Synonyms
So you want to include a word in your search, but also want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms? To use this Google hack, simply type “~” in front of the keyword.
- “agile marketing” ~professional
Tip 10: Specific Content Type
If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type of document or piece of content, you can use the modifier “filetype:”. For example, you might want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to agile marketing.
- “agile marketing” filetype:ppt
What’s that? you say you’re not sure what the the specific file type modifier is for the specific file type you want to find, check out the extension that is tacked on to the end of a file of the same type when you save the file. In the example above, the file has .ppt added to the end of it when it is saved, so ppt is the file type modifier. Other common file type modifiers are for Word (.doc or .docx), Excel (.xls or .xlsx), Adobe Acrobat’s PDFs (.pdf), and image files (.jpg, .png, .gif, .psd, etc.).
So, while there are plenty more hacks to help you Google like a pro, these should be enough to help you cut down your time spent curating valuable marketing or design content. What other tips or tricks can you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.