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How to search in Google effectively: Google Searching tricks and tips, leave out the terms

Updated on August 27, 2012

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How to search in Google to get effective search results and get most out of Google search? This is the question I will try my best to answer in this hub.

Who needs Google search?

Whether you are a student doing research or you are searching something randomly, Google is the place where most of us would start our research. For people who are searching random and common things might get the desired search results but in case of students who are doing research, it might be a challenge to get the desired results. The reason is that Google is not a box where you input the words, but it is a very powerful tool. Learning this tool is very important in order to unleash the full potential of Google. In addition to students and people who search randomly, it is essential for us (The Hubpages community) to learn how to search Google? It can help you to find precise information that you can use while writing your hubs which definitely will improve the quality of your writing and will be able to attract more traffic to your hubs.

Tip #1

Site:

This operator will enable you to do research within one website.

For example I want to search for pregnant only within hubpages. Here is how it will look like.

Site:hubpages.com pregnant

You can replace the word pregnant with your desired search term.

Tip #2

~

The above sign is recognized by Google search engine as an indication to search for relevant terms.

For example I want to search for pregnant within hubpages and include the relevant term pregnancy or woman, women to be searched as well. Here is how I am going to do it.

Site:hubpages.com pregnant ~pregnancy ~woman ~women

Tip #3

-

The minus sign indicates to Google search engine that we don’t want the term used after a minus sign to be included in our search results.

For example I want to search hubpages for the term pregnant. The relevant terms I want are girls, babies but want to exclude woman and women. Here is what I am going to write it in Google search engine.

Site:hubpages.com pregnant -women -woman ~pregnancy ~ babies ~ girls

Tip #4

“ “

Using the quote sign means that you want to search for a specific word and leave out the rest related terms.

For example I want to search for pregnancy in hubpages and leave out any other term related to it. This is how I am supposed to do it.

Site:hubpages.com “pregnancy”

Tip #5

..

The full stops are a way to tell Google that we are looking for a range.

For example I want to search for computer price range between $200-$400. Below is a demonstration of doing it.

Computer $200..$400

Tip #6

*

The asterisk sign tries to fill in the blank for you if you have given two or more words. What that means is you remember starting and ending portion of a phrase but do not remember the words in between. Google search will try to fill in those spaces for you.

For example

“How to * my hair”

Google wildcard will come up with some suggestions from which you can select.

Tips #7

AND or +

The “AND” written in capital letters or “+” sign forces Google search to combine both keywords in one search and search the results accordingly.

For example

Jobs +employers

(No space after + sign)

Tip #8

OR or |

This is a way to tell Google to search for either of the terms on both sides of “OR” or “|”.

For example

Pen OR Pencil

Pen | Pencil

I hope this little article can help the readers get better results from Google and improve the efficiency of Google searches they conduct.

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    • Amol Gavali profile image

      Amol Gavali 5 years ago from Pune, Maharashtra

      Wow, great tips and tricks buddy more like Advance search on Google

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      Umer Farooq 5 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

      Thank you Amol. I found these very useful as I am doing my Master's research these days so I thought I should share them here as well.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting tips, my friend. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful and shared with my followers.

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      These are way too handy. Thanks.

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      Umer Farooq 4 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

      Thank you Rajan Jolly for visiting, voting and sharing with your followers. It means a lot to me.

      summerberrie, It's always a pleasure to see you and your hubs around.

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      How totally informative to me! I knew about the " " but that is all. Your hub has given quite helpful tips for searching. Thank you so much!

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