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The 23 Best Google Search Hacks

Google’s search engine is impressive and allows you to get all the answers you’re looking for if you’re willing to spend hours entering different keywords and search phrases, or you can use these 23 great search tips to get BETTER information in minutes instead of hours!

1. Use specific words or phrases for your search

Doing a search using words or a phrase in quotes will show only the pages with the same word or phrase exactly as you typed it. When you put your search parameters in quotes, it tells Google to search for the whole phrase. It’s a simple trick but can be very useful when you need to find results containing a specific phrase.

2. Use an asterisk with your search words

When you search using an asterisk as a placeholder to replace the words you’re not sure of, Google will search all variations of the phrase you typed. This is helpful if you’re searching for the lyrics of a song which you can’t remember the words for.

3. Use hyphens or minus sign to exclude unwanted results

You can use hyphens or the minus sign to eliminate results in a search, so Google excludes that word from the search. For example, ice cream recipe -milk and Google will give you a list of recipes for ice cream recipes that have no milk. It’s a simple and effective trick if you’re looking for something specific.

4. Including and excluding keywords

To indicate which keywords are the most important you can include a plus sign in front of your search words/phrase which will force Google to include your keywords in its logic.

5. Search specific websites

If you want to search for something on one website, use the “site:” function so Google searches for only a particular website. This is great if you want to find things that are in certain places without having to search everywhere for the content. For example, if you want to see every instance where TIME.com mentioned Google, use the search “Google site:TIME.com”.

6. Use the tabs

A good way to search Google is to use the tabs. On the top of every search are a number of tabs; you’ll see Web, Image, News, and More. You can define what kind of search you need to do by using those tabs. If you need images, use the Image tab. If you are looking for a recent news article, use the News tab. You can cut search times dramatically if you use the tabs properly.

7. Search news archives

Google News has an option which allows you to search over 100 years’ worth of archived global newspapers going back to the mid-1880s. But you can also search within a specified time period.  After you’ve run a search on Google, click Tools and then the Any time drop-down menu to limit the results to more recent hits.

8. Use “DEFINE:” for meaning of words

You can use Google search as your personal dictionary. Ask Google to define a word, for example, “DEFINE: mortgage” and the meaning of the word will be provided. You can even get the meaning of slang words. Or you can wait for the autofill “meaning” to get the same result.

9. Search two things at once

To search for two things at the same time you can use the word OR between two search terms. This can be helpful if you want to search for multiple terms at once, or if you’re not entirely sure what you need to search for.

10. Use search history

You can use your search history if you need to find something you’ve searched for before and want to find again. To do this you need to have a Google account (you will automatically have this if you use any Google service such as Google Play Store, Gmail, Google+, etc.). go to http://google.com/history and you will see all your prior searches. This is a great way to find your prior searches without doing it all over again.

11. Find similar websites

Trying to find sites with similar content can be difficult and time consuming. You can use the related: operator on Google to do this by typing related: and the website address to get a list of similar websites.

12. Limit search to location

Entering the postal code of a location after your keyword will yield results from that particular location. You can also type in the location.

13. Search within the body, title or URL

If you want to narrow your search to the body of an article, a headline or the actual URL itself, there are three operators which you can use:

  • Use inurl: to limit the search results to only those with the terms actually in the URL.
  • The operator intext: searches for the terms inside the body of text.
  • And intitle: looks for the search terms in the title of the article or page.

14. Searching number ranges

When searching for products within a specific price range that you feel comfortable with, enter the item name and a price range e.g. $60..$100 and this will narrow the results to the items within your price range. Bear in mind that with products that have more complex pricing, like tech products, the results may be hit or miss.

15. Use “context” search terms

If you want to help the kids with homework and you’re not sure about a math problem, you could do a search which would yield lots of results; but if you add the term “tutorial” your search you may get more relevant results faster.

There are many “context” terms that will help you better pinpoint a search, including words such as “lesson,” “background,” “summary,” “define,” or “history.”

16. Use words that websites would use

When you do a search on Google you would normally search for things using the words or phrases you use when speaking. Websites don’t say things the way we do; they use language which sounds professional. Here are a few examples:

“I have a flat tire” could be replaced by “repair a flat tire.”

“My head hurts” could be replaced by “headache relief.”

So, when searching, you should try to use terminology you would find on a professional website as this will help you get more reliable results.

17. Google search shortcuts

You can use a number of commands to give you instantaneous results. Google can immediately give you the information you need, displayed at the top of the search results. This can save you time and effort so you can avoid clicking a bunch of bothersome links.

Here are a few examples of commands you can use:

  • Weather *zip code* – This will show the weather in a given zip code.
  • What is the definition of *word* or Define: *word* – This will display the definition of a word.
  • Time *place* – This will display the time in whatever place you type in.
  • If you type ‘~’ followed by a word, Google will expand its search to include not just the word you keyed in but also words similar in meaning.
  • You can check any stock by typing its ticker name into Google. If you search for GOOG, it will check the stock prices for Google.
  • If you are on the Google search page and need to alter your query, simply press / to get back to the search box; this saves time and you don’t have to scroll up to find your way back to the search box. The cursor will be positioned at the end of the existing query and the suggestion list will drop down in case you want to make a fast selection.
  • If you have done a search and want to quickly get back to the search box because you want to search something different, on the desktop after you have finished your search, just press / to get back to the search box.

These quick commands can help you take a web search which would usually be multiple clicks and condense it into a single search. For information that you search for regularly, this can be very helpful.

18. Add search shortcuts to browser address bar

Save yourself precious time when searching by creating a short keyword for bits of text which you search for regularly. For example, if you search for content on Times often, instead of typing site:nytimes.com every time, you can just type nyt in your browser’s address bar, add your search terms, and get results right away.

19. Move Multiple Tabs Simultaneously

Google has introduced improvements in tab management with features such as groups or quick search. Because many users tend to have a number of open pages in a single window, these improvements are helpful. If you want to manage several active tabs simultaneously, hold down the Control key and select all the tabs you want to move, then drag the group to the window or area of your choice.

20. Filter search results for recipes

If you have dietary restrictions, you can use the search tools to filter recipes for your favourite foods based on ingredients, calories and cooking time.

21. Search images using images

If you come across a familiar image and want to know where it came from, save the image, and then search for it on Google Images (with the camera button), this will allow you to see similar images on the web.

22. Compare two or more things using “vs” between the keywords.

If you want to determine whether eating one thing is healthier than eating something else, “vs” will let you compare the two.

23. Keep it simple

Google Search has had a lot of improvements over the years to fill in the context for you. If you try to search for things too specifically, then you’re not putting those improvements to good use. Try using simple wording for your searches; Google will usually know what you’re getting at. As the old saying goes, “less is more.”

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Great tips for tabs

Sick and tired of fighting with all the tabs you need open? This great article has great tips to get tabs under control for Edge, Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

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How To Get More Traffic – Bottle Cap Challenge Example

There are countless ways to generate traffic to your blog(s). One of them is to jump on the bandwagon of a viral challenge like the Bottle Cap Challenge. Sydney squash coach Aaron Frankcomb and I just posted our squash version of it on my Mindset Of A Champion blog.

Go have a look and see how it’s done!

As I have covered here religiously, every 1% makes a difference.

SEO is important. Keep the conversation fresh and interesting is always a challenge (pun intended).

This one blog post has been leveraged many times, to tell several different stories and reinforces our preeminence as high perfomance squash coaches across many channels.

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How To Blur The Background on Skype Calls

Microsoft just introduced a cool new feature to Skype this week that believe it or not allows you to blur your background in video chats so  people don’t see your messy home or office behind you during a video call.

For now, it works only on desktops but not on smartphones. It’s an optional feature, so you don’t need to use it, but click here to see what it looks like and how to turn it on.

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How to turn off FaceTime to avoid Apple’s eavesdropping bug

This latest news alert is worthy of quick consideration – the steps are super quick and easy to resolve on all your devices:
Please share amongst friends and family.
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Cyber Security Checklist

FYI, I just published an original article “Ward off hackers with this cyber safety checklist” on the Internet’s #1 domain registrar, GoDaddy.com, it’s my chosen domain registrar and primary resource for checking and buying domain names (URLs) for blogs and websites.

Click on the hyperlink to read the article – it’s a compreshensive summary to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your website and blog from hackers and cyber attacks.

Guest blogging on high value sites is a powerful Internet Marketing strategy that I explain in detail in one of my many programs. Click on the hyperlink to learn more.

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Business Names and URLs

It’s never easy to come up with business name ideas. I recently blogged about it on my Business Coaching Blog and thought I should mention it here because every business needs a domain name or URL to match their business name.

The article I refer to in my blog post was actually published on the Internet’s #1 domain registrar – GoDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlink above and have a look –> if you want some really cool ideas to come up with a new business name!

 

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101 Fascinating Facts About Domain Names

WebsiteBuilderau.com sent me an email about a new infographic reagarding 101 fascinating facts about domain names that is very comprehensive and useful. have a quick look, there are several interesting trivia facts as well.

 

 

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Using Emoticons In Business Emails

Here is some research that says using emoticons in business emails is not a good idea. Did we really need a research study to confirm that?!?! 🙄

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How To Google Yourself

Today’s post is a submission from ReputationManagement.com on How To Google Yourself, which is great advice when considering your online persona and profile.

How To Google Yourself

 

 

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Twitterfeed.com shuts down

I just got the sad news…

Howdy, Twitterfeeders!

We’re writing to let you know that Twitterfeed will be shutting its doors on October 31st, 2016. It’s been one heck of a run and we can’t thank you enough for your loyal usage and support over the years.

If you’re looking for a service similar to Twitterfeed to continue using in our absence, we recommend checking out the good folks at Buffer.com or Dlvr.it.

Thanks again for all the feeds!

– Mario
Founder, Twitterfeed
139 5th Ave. New York, NY 10010

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How To Protect Yourself Against Hacking

This article is a great starting point to protecting yourself from the Privacy Pirates

Some articles are just so good, you’re better off going straight to the source, this is one of them!

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Boomerang For Gmail

This is a cool app for Gmail users – called Boomerang. Check it out, it might help your productivity.

Basically, Boomerang for Gmail lets you take control of when you send and receive messages.

If you like to work late at night, you can use Boomerang to schedule emails to send in the morning. Data has shown that a well-timed email is 30% more likely to be read than a poorly-timed one. Most people check their email at the beginning of the workday, so the best time to schedule your messages is between 6-7am.

Many emails don’t require immediate action, even though they’re important. It takes mental energy to remember when you need to respond to each one. Boomerang allows you to snooze a message out of your inbox and have it come back to the top of your inbox at the specific time that you choose so that you can take action.

Boomerang can also automatically remind you when you need to follow up with someone. If a person hasn’t responded to your email after a certain amount of time, Boomerang can automatically bring that email back to the top of your inbox for you so that you can follow up on it.

Boomerang for Gmail enables you to send messages later, get email reminders, and snooze messages seamlessly inside of Gmail. Download Boomerang for Gmail and see for yourself why over 240,000 businesses and millions of people around the world use Boomerang to help them get and keep their inbox under control.

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Vaut mieux tard que jamais!

Better late than never… Check out this story on Skype’s new LIVE simultaneous translator tool

Pretty cool stuff n’est-ce pas?

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New iPhone OS 9 Tip

Check out this tip to avoid potentially HUGE DATA CHARGESTurn OFF WiFi Assist.

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Free Space In The Cloud – DropBox

We all need more FREE disk space – especially up in the cloud. If you’re not using DropBox, click on one of the hyperlinks and you’ll instantly get 500 Mb of free space. Need more space? Invite more friends and you can get up to 16 GB of free space in the cloud.

Dropbox is ideal when you run a virtual company with freelancers and contractors working around the globe. It’s one of the many priceless web-based tools we teach our clients to use to leverage their time and resources – exponentially.

It’s also ideal for personal use to send video and other large files with one click of your mouse. Once your friend has downloaded the file, you can delete it and “re-use” the space for the next video. It sure beats dealing with USB flash drives…

DropBox Sign up

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Blogging For Business – Does it really work?

Don’t take my word for it. Read the email correspondence below from Malcolm Whitfield in response to a Post Program Planning (automated) email we send to all our clients after-the-fact.

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Hi Marc, (or whoever handles your mail),
 
Just thought I would reply to this.

I attended a half day Internet Business Blogging Workshop several years ago (2012).

I knew it was just a taster for further services, but I felt I got genuine value out of the few hours.

I implemented a couple of the ideas I got from the session, (there were more that I could have used, but I’m slack), plus what I have gleaned from the info on your website.

I got a feel for how the web thingy actually works. My tiny little website with its tiny little business pulls enough customers to outperform all my competition, including St. John’s, in my local area, and brings about as much work as I can handle by myself. (I’m 65 and not really wanting to hire staff and build a big business).

Your training session was tight and professional and jam-packed with real, usable tips and information. (I’m a trainer myself, and I’ve seen a lot of mediocre ones).

Don’t know how the people who do your mentoring programs (Platinum Program) and bootcamps go but if they get the same bang for the buck that I did, they should all be millionaires by now.

Just thought I’d let you know.
Cheers
Mal

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This email, unsolicited and received more than two years after-the-fact tells you a few things… Among them:

  • Classy people still exist in this day and age of entitlement. If ever you are working late dealing with a client request and wonder if it’s worthwhile – remember you change the world ONE person at a time. Not many will tell you, but many more than you think will appreciate it.
  • When you pay it forward, it all comes back to you. Malcolm and I met at an event several years ago, but I still remember him even though I’ve spoken to thousands of people since then. Be INTERESTING and people will be INTERESTED in you and your story.
  • Give without the expectation of reciprocation. This is so much truer today than ever with “everything” being free and too many people taking things (and people) for granted. If you are well served and are provided with great value – let the person/company know. Praise and acknowledgment never, ever falls on deaf ears!

 

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Seeing the forest for the trees or _____?

I use this metaphor to explain Internet Marketing Strategies all the time.

Forest For The Bears

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Times have changed…

Times sure have changed… Cartoon_Computers
Yet some people still struggle with ‘technology’ and don’t understand the basics of Internet Marketing

Thank you Andrew Powell for the cartoon submission!

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Update Your Linked In Profile Photo

A friend recently asked me how to change her Linked In photo…

Step 1: Go into your Linked In account.

Step 2: Click on Edit profile.

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Step 3: Scroll down to your current photo.

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Step 4: Insert and position your new photo.

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Step 5: Save and now you’ll see your new profile!
Linked In - Profile Summary
Remember:

You never get a second chance to make a first impression…

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