When in doubt, Google it

1. Search for either this or that

There are times when we are not actually sure what term we should use for searching particular information in Google. When this happens, we should use some potential variation of words and separate them by ‘or’. Using this technique will yield the results for the word which makes most sense.




2. Search using synonyms

Another method to make your Google searches more particular is the use of the “~” symbol between words. Using that particular symbol will help you in finding the websites on the particular subject you want.


Suppose you want to search for nice and healthy food, you can use the term “beauty ~tips” in the search bar.




3. How to search within websites

When you are reading some kind of an article in a particular website, you can come across an interesting article which you might want to share with others. In order to find that particular article easily, you can search it within the website. All you need to do is to go to the website and type a keyword of that article.




4. When in doubt, use the powerful asterisk **

Sometimes we fail to recall some part of a keyword or the phrase we need to search. In such cases you have a very powerful symbol – “*”. Place the “*” symbol in place of the word or part of the word in the search bar and you’ll be able to find the desired result.




5.When you forget few words in your search

If you forget things more often and you cannot remember more than a single keyword, you don’t need to worry anymore.

You should try to write down the first and the last word and write “AROUND + (the approximate number of missing words)“ in between.

For example, "if we AROUND(5) again". 





6. Narrow search with time frame


There are also times when we need information about events which took place in a certain period of time. However, you don’t remember the exact time or the year of the event. In such cases you can add a time frame in your search query. You can separate the two dates of the time frame by 3 dots.


7. Search for title or URL

To help find the key words and name of an article, type “intitle:“ before the search term, without any spaces between them. 

In order to find the words from a URL, use ”inurl:".


8. Looking for similar websites?

If you’ve found something you really like online and want to find similar websites, type in "related:" and then the address of the site, again without a space between them.



9. Whole phrases

Framing the search term within quotation marks is the simplest and most effective way to find something specific and in the exact order you typed it in.


For example, if you type in the words I'm feeling great today without quotation marks, the search engine will show the results where these words appear in any order on a website, as opposed to the specific order in which you typed them.

If, on the other hand, you type "I'm feeling great today" within quotation marks, you’ll get only those results where these words appear only in the order you typed them in. This is a great way to find the lyrics to a song when you only know one line from it.

10 Remove words not relevant to your search

To remove irrelevant search words from your query, simply write a minus symbol before each one. For example, if you want to find a site about fried chickens, but you aren’t looking recipes, you can write the following:



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