Google is the undisputed king of search engines and it is being used multiple times per day by millions of Americans. However, did you know that there are tricks you can use to find the results you want faster and easier? By learning the following techniques, you can find the relevant information you seek much more quickly — in many cases.
Use Double Quotes
When you put double quotes around a search query, Google will look for results more heavily based on that exact phrase rather than results that incorporate the words in various configurations. Example: “Elvis Aaron Presley”
Using A Plus Sign
When you add a plus sign before a word, you tell Google that that word is high priority and should be a part of any results given. Example: Cheap +microphone cases
Use A Minus Sign
If you want Google to filter out results based on a keyword, use a minus sign before the word. For example, the search cruise deals -carnival would search for deals on cruises but filter out results with the word carnival in them.
Get Results from a Specific Site
To search for results within a specific website, add site:(website domain) to your search. For example: site:usatoday.com serena williams
Search Using OR
You can search two different things at once using OR. For example: rollercoasters disney OR universal
Search Using AND
If you are searching for two queries and want both queries from a single result, use AND. Example: Vail AND skiing
Find Related Websites
To find similar or related websites of any site, add related:(website domain). For example: related:meetup.com
Exclude an Entire Site
Like excluding a word in the search results, you can also remove an entire website. For example: John Wayne -site:wikipedia.com
Find Social Media Handles
You can use the @ sign while doing searches related to social media.
Find Trending Topics
To find trending topics, use a hashtag before the word: For example: #wimbledon
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