Think you know Google? Think again! In this article, Beauty and Tips takes a look at 10 useful Google tricks and secrets you might be interested to know about.
Google is the most popular search engine in the world. It didn’t even exist just over twenty years ago, yet many of us wouldn’t know what to do if it was suddenly taken away from us. Bing anyone?
We use Google to find information, entertainment, pictures of cats chasing dogs (just us?) and all kinds of stuff on the Internet, and some even use it to make money and get rich. Google is amazing and it’s worth a whopping $527,000,000,000! But despite us using it every single day of our lives, how come there are things about it we’re still not aware of!? Let’s take a look at 10 useful Google tricks and secrets you need to know about.
- Use Quotes To Be More Specific
If you’re searching for something really, really specific, simply typing it into Google won’t always help. For example, if you’re looking for “black leather jacket worn by James Dean,” your search will yield lots of related results that contain those words – but they won’t necessarily be in that order. To be ultra specific with your search and return results exactly as you write them in the search engine, you need to wrap quotes around your words. Example: “Black leather jacket worn by James Dean.” Using quotes helps you find the exact info you’re looking for that might otherwise be obscured by lots of other useless info.
- Finding Related Sites
Got a website or blog you really like and wished there were similar blogs? It’s actually easy to find them using one of simple, yet little known Google tricks and secrets. Let’s say there is a beauty blogger you love, but you want more. Unfortunately, she can’t give you more. The next best thing? Find someone similar to her! All you need to do is type the word “related” before the website in question. For example, it would look like this: related:beautyandtips. You can do it with whatever website you like and see what comes up. Tip: There is no other website quite like ours!
- How To Look For A Word You Can’t Recall
Ever found yourself struggling to remember the exact wording of the thing you’re looking for? For example, let’s say there is a song you love – but you can’t remember the words. In fact, all you can remember are two or three of them. It’s maddeningly frustrating because Google won’t return the results you want unless you know exactly what you’re searching for, right? Well, actually … If you use the asterisk symbol in place of a word you can’t remember, Google is clever enough to fill in the gaps. For example: Hit me baby one ***
The missing words are, of course, “more time.”
By using the asterisk three times, you’re telling Google you need help with those three words. As long as you know some of what you’re looking for, Google can help.
- But What Do You Do When Lots Of Words Are Missing?
Okay sure. There will come a time when a few words are missing. However, Google can still help. You do need to know at least the first and last word of the phrase you’re looking for, though. For example, if you’re looking for “Wandered lonely as a cloud,” you need to know both “wandered” and “cloud.” Then, all you need to do is place the word AROUND between the first and last word, as well as the number of missing words. It will look like this: “Wandered AROUND(4) cloud.” Looks really weird. But works.
- Use The Hyphen To Avoid Content You Don’t Want
The trouble with the English language is that some words have two, three or maybe even four different meanings. Especially in our modern world. For example, take the word Apple. Apple is a fruit, but it’s also the name of one of the world’s biggest corporations. Type apple into Google, and you’re going to get results for both the fruit and the company that makes the iPhone. A really easy way to filter out content you don’t want to see is by using a hyphen. For example, if you’re searching for Apple the brand and don’t want to see results for the fruit, type this: Apple -Fruit (hyphen should be close to the word fruit). Google will then exclude all results that contain the word Fruit.
- Eliminate Unimportant Keywords
Isn’t it annoying when you search for something, and a load of irrelevant stuff comes up? For example, let’s say you wanted to find some interesting books but didn’t want to buy them. Typing “interesting books”, however, will probably direct you to lots of sites where you can buy the book from. So what do you do? You use a minus sign to tell Google to discard a certain keyword. Example: “interesting books -buy.”
- Use A Colon To Find Results From Just One Site
Looking for an article from one particular site? You could type in something like this: Wayne Rooney BBC Sport Football. Frustratingly, however, this won’t work. Google will still produce results from lots of different websites. Instead, if there is a specific article you’re looking for from a specific website, you need to use a colon to separate the topic and the website. Example: Wayne Rooney site:bbc.co.uk/football. Type this into Google and only results from that particular website will show up.
- Find Events From A Specific Period Of Time
Want to find the best art in the 19th century? Google lets you put a timeframe on your search results. For example, if you wanted to find the best art in the 19th century, you can type “best art 1800…1900” into Google. You can be more specific, too. Try this: “Best art 1850…1900.” It totally works!
- Use Synonyms
Lastly, if you’re not looking for a specific phrase but want to find a lot of websites related to a particular subject, you can refine your search like the one below: “healthy ~food”.
What are your favourite Google tricks and secrets? Share Your Thoughts via the comments box below.