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All The Web With Search
If you ask a general question expect a general answer. Google search is general just on a universal level. When I say universal I don't necessarily mean solar system wide I mean world wide web wide. Google search by default sends back universal results or various content types from across the internet like, top ranking pages, images, maps, videos, news and anything Google feels is related. Sometimes that many choices offer to many distractions while you sift your way through.
Do you Search?
When you use the internet to find an answer who do you ask?
Special symbols or words called Search Operators can be combined with your search terms narrowing results to be more specific.The search operators list is basically short cuts or a quick way to use advanced search filters right from your search box. If you prefer you can do the same job narrowing down results through the advanced search settings page of you Google account. If you want to speed up your search give search with operators a try it is easy.I think of search operators as traffic directors controlling where the search tool goes to get you answers.There was a time when things like punctuation or symbols were over looked as far as impacting results. Today however a small slow growing list of symbols and punctuation are recognized as operators.
Modify your Search with Punctuation and Symbols
Symbol or Mark
What or How
at symbol before word or phrase
Find social tags
and symbol in between word or phrase
Find connected content
hash tag or pound sign before word or phrase
Find trending content
plus sign before a word or phrase
Plus the word or pharse if possible
Some Common Operators
Did you know quotation marks around your search term will provide you results with the exact word or phrase you put inside of those quotation marks? Try a search with quotes around your word or a phrase to see how easy search operators can be to use. Just a note on the quotes operator, it is best left for occasional use. If you use it a lot you can be shorting your self of related information. The minus or dash symbol if placed before a word will exclude that word when it looks for results.
Where or How
The intxt: is placed before the terms you enter
results with search term in the text of the page
The site:query is before your word or phrase
relevant content from a specific website like CNN
The inurl: is used infront of a search term
results will have the search term in there url
Google Search Operators
- Search operators - Search Help
In the search operators link you will find a page explaining some of the the operators in this hub as well as a list of others.
Do you Use Search Operators
What is your favorite short cut to getting answers quick?
Google now has interactive search results. with instant search you can change your search as you type. In a pages of results each result has a title, link and a snippet of a cached page. Cached pages are a copy of that page Google has most recently acquired during their last web crawl. Next to the right side of the sites link you may find a little green arrow. This green arrow offer some interactive options, three to be precise. The three choices include a share similar or cached page view all while remaining on the results page.
Find what Links
Do you want to find all the pages that link to a certain web site? Try the link operator to find out what links to your site or a individual page on your site. link:yoursite.com or for the page inside the site link:yoursite/pictures.com
Use the related: operator to find pages that have similar content by typing related: followed by the website address.
Google works hard to provide you, me all of the Internets users with the most the web has to offer. That is why today the word Google is associated with so many widgets and apps. For every tool they also tell us how it works with blogs or pages on help and how to’s. Search still stays one of Googles strongest roots as Internet users by the millions still look to in search of answers everyday. To this I would like to say thank you Google thank you to the brilliant folks that work at Google and the magic you share, thank you.
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