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How To Use Google Like An Expert

I still remember the day I realized putting quotation marks around my search terms would produce better results. It was my sophomore year of college (sadly) and I was writing a 200-page journalism project and combing through thousands of Congressional bills. Let's just say, those quotes saved me a lot of research time. Dharmesh Shah recently put together a great list of 12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert and if you haven't already put them to action, I suggest you do. My favorite tips include:

  1. Explicit Phrase: Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing. Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes. Example: “internet marketing”
  2. Site Specific Search: Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:somesite.com” modifier. Example: “internet marketing” site:www.smallbusinesshub.com
  3. Phone Listing: Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don’t know how it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature. Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note: the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results).
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c0rkie c0rkie 8 years
heeheh perfect for google stalking ;)
Ashenturtle Ashenturtle 9 years
so useful!
alexismae alexismae 9 years
any more google tips, i am welcome to receive, i'm a googlehead. my friend works at google and gave me a google t-shirt..its awesome lol i love it!
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 9 years
#2 is an awesome tip! Google's site specific search is more often than not better than the search feature on whatever site i'm on.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I like the phonebook tip!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
Now if only google would stop having gmail server issues...
anaisethenry anaisethenry 9 years
Google is the best, I use it all the time. My favorite is desktop search... oh and everything else too!
Phil Phil 9 years
Nifty! Now, if Google were capable of doing my dishes...
SU3 SU3 9 years
WOW... did not know about the phonebook. THANKS!! :D
jendudley jendudley 9 years
I have been using it as a phone book and reverse phonebook for sometime. Google rocks!!!
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