Google Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Let’s be honest, Google is now as far away as possible from their original credo: Don’t be evil. It’s just another money-hungry IT giant bent on getting more profit and more control, while it monopolizes the market in its spare time. Like it or not, it’s still the number one search in the world, and still the best, even though some of its competitors, like Bing, or Yahoo have the edge when it comes to certain things, but they are nowhere near jeopardizing Google position as the world’s most popular search engine.

But, even though we use Google all the time, most of us still don’t know all the ins and outs of it. Of course, we are not talking about the stuff underneath the hood, or behind closed doors, because that’s a closely guarded secret. What we are talking about are little known tips and tricks that will help you get more accurate search results. So, let’s get straight to the point, shall we?

Google Reverse Image Search

Before you go and think of us as amateurs, we started with this one, because we were stunned by the number of people who weren’t even aware that Google’s reverse image search existed.search_google_33 They were like, what? This is one of our favorite things about Google. You have a photo of something, and you want to trace it back to its source, or find other images from the same gallery. Simply drag and drop it into the image search box, let Google do its magic, and voila! You are provided with a list of all the websites that host the same image.

Search Any Website through Google

There are a lot of great websites out there that we like, but some of them could use a better search algorithm, because more often than not, the search doesn’t return any useful results, or any at all, even though we know the page exists, because we were on it at the time. Even YouTube, which is owned by Google, doesn’t return some of the videos we have already watched. That’s where Google comes in.

For instance, if you want to search a particular site, let’s say YouTube, since we’ve mentioned it, you can simply type site: youtube.com, followed by the terms you wish to search. You can use this for pretty much anything other than websites, including forums, blogs, video streams, web services, free downloads and more. Simply put, it can find anything.

Using Operators to Fine-Tune Your Google Search

For those among you who are electrical engineers, software develops or web designers, the use of operators is something you perform on a daily basis. But, if you don’t belong in any of the former categories, you are probably not familiar with them. Operators are a useful tool that should be used by everyone, not just experts. You may have even used some of them, without being aware of it. For instance, words “and” and “or” are operators, as well, which allow you to search multiple terms. But, what you probably don’t know is that you can use “around”, which is sort of like a mix of regular search and search with the use of quotes.

Also, “around(2)” can be used when you want the terms to be in proximity to each other, but not in a specific order. Changing the number inside the parentheses allows you to fine-tune the level of accuracy. Last, but not least, you can also exclude a certain word from your search completely. You do this simply by typing a dash in front of the terms you don’t want searched. This also works for websites, which lets narrow down the search results even further.

Try some of these tips out and see what you can find!

David Alexander
 

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