We’ve all used Google to look for things. Maybe you were looking for the perfect recipe or maybe you needed to find a place to buy a pet toy, regardless of what you were looking for you probably got tons of results to your search. You may have wondered how to limit your results to sites that matched your needs even more. I’ve compiled a short list of ways to get better results from Google.

Basic Search

Example Search Gets Pages that containing…
dog park the words dog and park, not necessarily together
dog park or playground have dog parks or dog playgrounds
“One small step for a man” the exact phrase “One small step for a man”
tile -ceramic the word “tile” but does not have the word “ceramic”
web-site all forms of the term, with or without hyphen or spaces
define: dichotomy definitions of “dichotomy” from the web

 

Refining Search

Example Search Gets pages that…
tax site: whitehouse.gov contain the word tax from whitehouse.gov only
New Yorker Sushi  2000…2005 have articles from the New Yorker talking about sushi between the years 2000-2005
budget plan filetype:pdf have a budget plan in pdf format
link: www.whitehouse.gov contain a link to www.whitehouse.gov
weather Cedar City UT shows the weather at the specified location (zip code can be used instead of city, state)

 

Restricting by keyword location in result

Example Search Results
allinanchor: Dog Training finds pages where an outgoing link reads “Dog Training”
shopping inanchor: covered-parking finds pages where an outgoing link says something about shopping and covered-shopping
allintext: recipe beef garlic finds pages that contain all the words recipe, beef and garlic
intitle: easy recipe finds pages with a title that contains the words easy and recipe

 

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