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7 Amazing Google Search Tricks

by Dave on May 8, 2010

Google Logo1) When you want to monitor a search term, don’t do manual searches daily or weekly. Do it the easy way. Use Google Alerts to automate your searches and bring you the results. For example, you own a business and need to track your reputation and nip any complaints or problems in the bud. Set up a Google Alert for “Your Business Name” and relax.

2) Use quotes (“ ”) when your search terms have multiple words and they’re in a specific order. Otherwise you’ll get results that have one or both words but not in that specific order.

3) If there are several words that mean the same thing, such as ‘grass’ and ‘turf’ use OR in between them like this: [turf OR grass disease] In this case, spaces are OK between each word .

4) Use a minus sign (-) to exclude a word from your search results. Suppose you’re looking for information on a virus – the medical kind and a lot of the results you’re getting are the computer kind. Alter your search to look like this [virus –computer]. (Notice there’s no space between the _ and the word computer.) Using a search configured like this will bring you web pages that include the word ‘virus’ on them but will exclude any of those pages that have the word ‘computer’ on them.

5) Use a plus sign (+) to limit Google to include only that specific word in your search results. For example, if you use a search like this: [+bicycle], Google will bring you web pages that have the word ‘bicycle’ on them but not pages that have the words ‘bicycles’ or ‘bicyclist” like a normal Google search would. That practice is called “stemming” and Google adds those endings to search terms by default.

6) If you need to search one website rather then the whole Web, configure your search like this: [termites site:ufl.edu] That search will bring you pages from the University of Florida that have the word ‘termites’ on them.

7) Using the symbol (~) in front of a word tells Google that you’re interested in not only that word, but also in the synonyms for that word. For example the search [~grass disease] would bring you pages that included the word ‘disease’ along with the word ‘grass, or the word ‘turf’ or the word ‘lawn.’

Recommended Reading:
Google Alerts – Google Alerts offer automated searching of the Internet. Why do it manually?
How to Create Strong Passwords – Need strong passwords that are also easy to remember. Here’s a system that works for me.

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