Google is constantly updating and refining its algorithm, improving the quality of the search results and making it easier for people to find what they’re looking for. However, from time to time you’ll still find a search that frustrates you. You type in the search term into Google and get pages of results, but not the results you were expecting. You’re then faced with having to try and filter pages of results down, to find the nuget you’re looking for.
Google has some advanced search features that can help you filter the search results down. You can access many of these feature through Google’s advanced search panel, or directly by using search operators. Search operators are just additional terms or punctuation that you can add to your search. For example, to exclude all the results with “car” you might search for
Jaguar speed -car
Alternatively you can specify that you only want to see results with car in the page by searching for
Jaguar speed +car
Another popular search operator we often use is the site search. If you want to search a specific site for some information you can perform a site search using the “site:” search operator. For example
You can also combine these operators to create even more powerful search requests. For example, if you wanted to search the BBC for articles specifically on the Foo Fighters you could try
allintitle:”foo fighters” site:bbc.co.uk
The “allintitle” search operator tells Google to only return results with the phrase in the page title. You can find lots more useful search operator combinations on Moz.
As has some other features to help you find the answers to specific types of search. For example, there is a built in calculator in the search engine. Try a search for 2 + 2 and it will give you the answer and show the calculator. You can also as for the weather, stock quotes, the current time anywhere in the world, sunrise and sunset times around the planet, unit conversions, translations, and a lot more.
The infographic below by WhoIsHostingThis.com describes many of the Google search power user features and how to access them.