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Maximize Your Google Searches Using These Easy Tips & Tricks

Posted by AlanaR on July 31, 2012

Google has transformed our ability to quickly gather information by simply typing in a word or phrase, clicking “search,” and vuala—a mecca of information appears! However, I’m sure we’ve all been frustrated when the information we’re actually looking for doesn’t show up. We want more reliable sources, better quality, and less BS links we have to click on to get there! Well, today my friends, I am going to share with you a few helpful tips to maximize your Google searches:

1.   You can search for a specific type of file by placing “filetype:__” in front of your search. For example, “filetype:ppt social media trends”

2.  Placing a tilde symbol (~) before a word will tell Google to give results with similar terms. For example, “How to clean a ~dog in the sink” will produce results for puppy, doggy, etc.

3.  You can search for similar websites by typing “related: (website url).” For example, to find a website that’s similar to usajobs.gov, you would search “related: usajobs.gov”

4.  To specify that your search results come from a specific website you can put “site: (url) search term.” For example, if you want to find a cupcake recipe from all allrecipes.com you would search “site: allrecipes.com cupcakes”

5.  By placing a minus sign before a search term, you can designate that you do not want pages that contain that word

6.  To search for terms that are in a website’s title you can put “intitle:” before your search term. For example, “intitle: iPhone5”

To find more tips and tricks for mastering your google searches, you can visit http://mashable.com/2012/06/07/google-search-tips/

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