Google Search 101 “Your Magical Guide”

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Google Search 101 "Your Magical Guide"

The purpose of this article is to help you performing a highly-skilled Google search process, Saving your time/efforts, and achieving brilliant search results.. 

By the end of this article you will master many Google search tips and tricks which will facilitate your search process and provide you with magical outcomes..Let’s start. 

 

1) Applying The Basic Search Techniques?

Use the plus sign (+) to force a search for an overly common word. 

Use the minus sign (-) to exclude a term from a search. No space follows these signs. 

To search for a phrase, supply the phrase surrounded by double quotes (" "). 

A period (.) serves as a single-character wildcard. 

An asterisk (*) represents any word—not the completion of a word, as is traditionally used. 

2) Advanced Operators

Google advanced operators help refine searches. Advanced operators use a syntax such as the following: 

operator:search_term

Notice that there’s no space between the operator, the colon, and the search term. 

The site: operator instructs Google to restrict a search to a specific web site or domain. The web site to search must be supplied after the colon. 

The filetype: operator instructs Google to search only within the text of a particular type of file. The file type to search must be supplied after the colon. Don’t include a period before the file extension. 

The link: operator instructs Google to search within hyperlinks for a search term. 

The cache: operator displays the version of a web page as it appeared when Google crawled the site. The URL of the site must be supplied after the colon. 

The intitle: operator instructs Google to search for a term within the title of a document. 

The inurl: operator instructs Google to search only within the URL (web address) of a document. The search term must follow the colon. 

Check the full set here : Google Guide GuideAdvanced Operators  

3) Using Google Advanced Search Feature

Instead of performing the normal search process you can use Google advanced search feature which will save you a lot of time and provide more accurate results. 

All you have to do is clicking here: Google Advanced Search, filling the data , and Bingo enjoy the magical results 🙂 

Google Advanced Search

Google Advanced Search Feature

4) What Can Google Search?

1) Using The Filetype Operator 

The filetype: operator instructs Google to search only within the text of a particular type 

of file. The file type to search must be supplied after the colon. Don’t include a period 

before the file extension. 

As an example: Microsoft Word (doc) let’s say you are looking for Albert Einstein Quotes in Microsoft Word format you type filetype:doc Albert Einstein Quotes 

• For Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf) 

• Adobe PostScript (ps) 

• Lotus 1-2-3 (wk1, wk2, wk3, wk4, wk5, wki, wks, wku) 

• MacWrite (mw) 

• Microsoft Excel (xls) 

• Microsoft PowerPoint (ppt) 

• Microsoft Works (wks, wps, wdb) 

• Microsoft Write (wri) 

• Rich Text Format (rtf) 

• Shockwave Flash (swf) 

• Text (ans, txt) 

• And much more…. 

2) Using The allinanchor: Google search operator 

Using this operator you can filter your search results in a way such that Google ignores the title and content of the returned web pages, and base the search relevance on the keywords that other sites use to reference the results.  Allinanchor operator can add a magical touch on your search. 

Here an example allinanchor:”wordpress plugins” vs Normal Search Result 

3) Search Google For Music\EBooks\Videos 

Searching Google for specific Song, Video, or E-book and browsing million of results will be a difficult  mission.. Some results may be useful while others are spams…and at the end you gave up after 4 hours of searching process with no result…:( 

That was before.. Now You Have The Below Cool Tips: 

Search Google For Music

The following is a Google search string for searching open web directories containing downloadable Britney Spears music files.  Substitute the term Britney Spears in the search string for any other band/singer of your liking.  

-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “Britney Spears” 

Search Google For ebooks 

With some very slight modifications the same search string can easily be used to search for ebooks in DOC and PDF format in my case I am searching for “Moby Dick” story in DOC and PDF format, you can substitute it with your choice: 

-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(pdf|doc) “Moby Dick ″ 

Search Google For Videos 

And if you are looking for some specific video files..Here the search string, just substitute “Twilight” with your video name: 

-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(mpg|wmv) “Twilight” 

4) Search Specific Sites For Specific Results 

This tip is very useful if you want to search for “Quality Free Stuff”. Using this technique you can filter your search from spam sites and search only trusted sites such as social media sites. 

In order to do that you must use Site: Operator …Here some examples 

site:reddit.com free “wordpress templates” 

site:netscape.com free “ringtones” 

site:stumbleupon.com free icons 

5) Search For Free Anonymous Web Proxies 

A free anonymous web proxy site allows any web browser to access other third-party websites by channelling the browser’s connection through the proxy.  The web proxy basically acts as a middleman between your web browser and the third-party website you are visiting.  

Why should you do that?  There are two common reasons: 

  • You’re connecting to a public network at a coffee shop or internet café and you want privacy while you browse the web.  You don’t want the admin to know every site you visit.
  • You want to bypass a web content filter or perhaps a server-side ban on your IP address.  Content filtering is common practice on college campus networks.  This trick will usually bypass those restrictions.

You can find subscription services and applications available such as TOR and paid VPN servers that do the same thing.  However, this trick is free and easy to access from anywhere via Google.  All you have to do is look through the search results returned by the queries below, find a proxy that works, and enter in the URL of the site you want to browse anonymously. 

Examples: 

inurl:”nph-proxy.cgi” “start using cgiproxy” 

inurl:”nph-proxy.cgi” “Start browsing through this CGI-based proxy” 

5) Additional Cool Advanced Search Operators, Operator combinations, And Tips

related:URL = lists other pages that are related to the URL. 

link:URL = lists other pages that link to the URL. 

site:domain.com “search term = restricts search results to the given domain. 

allinurl:WORDS = shows only pages with all search terms in the url. 

inurl:WORD = like allinurl: but filters the URL based on the first term only. 

allintitle:WORD = shows only results with terms in title. 

intitle:WORD = similar to allintitle, but only for the next word. 

cache:URL = will show the Google cached version of the URL. 

info:URL = will show a page containing links to related searches, backlinks, and pages containing the url. This is the same as typing the url into the search box.  

filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will restrict searches to that filetype 

-filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will remove that file type from the search. 

site:www.sitename.net “+www.sitename.net” = shows you how many pages of your site are indexed by google 

allintext: = searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page title 

allinlinks: = searches only within links, not text or title 

WordA OR WordB = search for either the word A or B 

“Word” OR “Phrase” = search exact word or phrase 

WordA -WordB = find word A but filter results that include word B 

WordA +WordB = results much contain both Word A and Word B 

~WORD = looks up the word and its synonyms 

~WORD -WORD = looks up only the synonyms to the word  

Although there are many others out there,, I guess the above are clever enough to make you master Google Search Magic and Save You A Lot Of Time…

Best Regards… 

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4 Responses to Google Search 101 “Your Magical Guide”

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