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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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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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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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Feeling like a hostage to your web design / IT supplier?

Web Design Services, Get Rid Of Your Web DesignerMany small business people treat one of their most precious assets as an afterthought, rather than as one of their most precious assets. It’s not inconceivable for a website to be worth $100,000+ when there is a legitimate brick and mortar business “behind it”.

Put differently, years ago, when you bought a Yellow Pages ad, you’d SPEND thousands of dollars with NO appreciation in the capital asset value of the phone book. With the Internet, every dollar spent on your website should increase its capital value. Think about it this way – if you were assess two identical businesses, one with a website and the other without one, which one would YOU buy?  Enough said.

Most small businesses don’t proactively deal with their website and/or web online presence for a long list of reasons including:

  • “I don’t get all this Interweb stuff”
  • “I don’t like Facebook and don’t understand why people waste so much time ‘talking’ to complete strangers”
  • “My son-in-law, nephew or neighbour seems to understand it and is not charging me much to handle my website…”
  • “Technology is changing too quickly, I can’t keep up.”
  • “I don’t get any web inquiries so it’s not worth worrying about.”
  • “My staff’s taking care of it, in fact, we all kinda pitch in to get stuff done.”*

Whatever your excuses, as a small business person, in this day and age you simply cannot hand over your online presence to just anyone anymore than you would give them the pin code to your bank card. I am totally serious.

Continue reading ‘Feeling like a hostage to your web design / IT supplier?’

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Email Management Tip

One of the ways I gauge entrepreneurs or business executives’ effectiveness and efficiency is how they respond to their emails. Without requiring ‘instant responses’, within one week of correspondence I can identify the ‘top 10%’ from the bottom ‘90%’.

This is 2012. We are in the 21st century with email at the nucleus of our communication paradigm. Business people who struggle with technology and especially emails are ‘dinosaurs’.

Now that’s a bold statement to make, but it really is THAT important.

Allow me to contrast the top 10% versus the bottom 90%.

The top 10% respond within a reasonable time frame. It can be within the hour, the day, but rarely ever more than 48 hours (unless they are on leave or otherwise occupied with a project/event). One thing is for sure – you’re never wondering if they got or lost the email.

The bottom 90%…

  • Claim to ‘lose’ or not receive emails
  • Ask for emails to be re-sent because they accidentally deleted them
  • Actually do have problems receiving emails because of their spam folder settings that are too strict
  • Are challenged with their spam and junk mail folders – reviewing them only ‘every once in a while’ even though many important emails end up there
  • Have hundreds or thousands of emails in their inbox
  • Respond to emails erratically sometimes immediately and then are ‘offline’ for days with no communication
  • Don’t use meaningful subject lines
  • Don’t maintain message threads that are important – creating new emails with each new response
  • Use TXT acronyms trying to be “hip or groovy” instead of clear in their explanations – creating the need for additional threads to find out what they meant to say
  • Subscribe to every free email list available fearful that they will miss something.
  • Don’t read their emails – instead skimming and overlooking the most important and time sensitive information
  • Have multiple emails that they don’t monitor appropriately
  • Share emails with others so everyone gets the email and multiple people responding with conflicting suggestions
  • Don’t have folders for their emails – so can’t quickly locate what they need when they need it. Even though emails are now indexed, not having folders is like not having a filing cabinet for your physical documents.

Poor email management is one of my strongest pet peeves, but the reason I mention it here is because it’s also symptomatic of poor business management.

Without needing to become a Productivity Powerhouse – lack of effective email management skills (and tools) can be an important obstacle to your overall business success.

Anecdotally, over the past 10 to 15 years, I have noticed that the top business people don’t just manage their emails – the MASTER and CONTROL them with an adeptness that is remarkable.

If you’re struggling to grow your business – just look at your inbox and the list above. It’s a quick and easy problem to solve.

If it isn’t – you now have the SOURCE of the real problem!

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Google Analytics: Flow Visualisation

Imagine being able to SEE the flow of visitors as they navigate your site – how cool and VALUABLE would that be?!?! Well, Google’s done it again – they are releasing this new functionality in their signature Analytics platform – WOW!

Google Analytics, Flow Visualization, Flow Diagrams

Click on this image to read more about this new release!

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Google Real Time Analytics

Real Time Analytics, Google Analytics, Analytics Real Time, Real Time Google AnalyticsIt was bound to happen… Real Time Google Analytics! If you’re an exponential Internet marketer who adheres to Management By Metrics™, this is BIG!

Just thought you should know!

Psst! Thanks to Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours for forwarding it to me in real time!

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Personalised Emails

According to a recent survey, personalised emails generated 42.7% more click-throughs on average to the web copy than non-personalised email.

Personalised emails generated 403% more sales on average than non-personalised emails.

Personalised emails generated 42.8% fewer un-subscribes on average than non-personalised emails.

Email Marketing, Personalisation, Email Personalisation

Email Personalisation is not new, the question is does it still work?

Should you expend the effort to personalize your emails?

You should TEST to see what happens. Surveys and reports are great to give you ideas, but you need to test the findings with YOUR suspects, prospects and clients.

Don’t just believe everything you read.

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Credit Cards: How Are They Verified?

Ever wonder how a credit card number is verified? A fascinating article, Making Sense of your Credit Card Number published by Digital Inspiration Technology Blog.

You credit card number may look like a random string of 16 digits that’s unique in the world but those digits reveal a little more than you think. For instance, the first digit of the card represents the category of industry which issued your credit card.

American Express is in the travel category and cards issued by them have 3 as the first digit. If you have VISA or MasterCard, your card’s first digit should be either 4 or 5 as they are from the banking and financial industry.

The first six digits of your credit card number identify the institution that issued the card to you. VISA cards follow the series 4xx while MasterCard uses 51-55 as the prefix.

You may even verify if a given credit card number is valid or not using simple addition. The following visual illustration courtesy of Mint.com will help you understand more about the anatomy of your credit card.

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Browser Usage Poll

I’ve already blogged about Linked In Polls,but since it’s quick, easy and free – it’s worth reminding you to consider polling your clients and asking them questions that your other clients might be interested in. This poll for example is interesting because I am not a user of Google Chrome and didn’t think that many people were using it. Of course this is a VERY small sample, but still surprising. What I really like about the Linked In Polls is their outstanding graphics… Don’t you agree?

Poll Browser Use

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Texting to get work

Let me state my bias right up front – I am not into texting or tweeting. I think Twitter is mostly a massive waste of time. Yes – I have a Twitter page and joined Twitter 2 years before it became mainstream.

However there are always exceptions to the rule, like this article in The Economist that explains how people Text for jobs – Very creative and entrepreneurial!

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Linked In usage poll

As you’ve come to expect from me and my blogs, I come at things from a different perspective and paradigm. My goal for my blogs is to be the catalyst for ideas that can help you grow your business. The Internet is an exponential tool that can help in countless ways. Today’s post is another example – using tools like Linked In Polls to gather valuable information.

It’s pretty self-explanatory and that’s OK.

Exponential Internet Marketing is not rocket science. It’s all about “doing stuff” that works and having the discipline to follow up and follow through.

Poll LinkedIn Use

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Google Goggles

This video speaks for itself – it’s very entertaining and demonstrates how to make information fun to learn.

Additional applications of augmented reality are quite fascinating.

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Top 10 YouTube Tips

I am sure you enjoy this and my other blogs. They are filled with information that would otherwise take you hours to find and in many cases, there is no way you would ever find them on your own. The reason is that I have HUNDREDS of contributors to my blogs from around the world… Take this blog post about 10 You Tube URL Tricks You Should Know About. Unless you were searching for that, you’d never even think of it.

That’s why it’s valuable to have a business coach, advisor or mentor who does this for you, automatically and systematically.

In my case, I am The Exponential Growth Strategist which means I find stuff that makes the difference and gives you options to choose from. Like this YouTube Channel link.

The question then becomes – are you ready to take these tips to the next level and make them work for you to create exponential growth for your business and/or online sales channel?

If you are, then consider the Exponential Internet Marketing Bootcamp – when you attend as a VIP Ticket Holder, we’ll guarantee that you’ll make $30,000 GUARANTEED in the next 12 months.

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What’s In A Domain Name?

Most companies automatically choose their company name as their domain name. While that’s a wise move, it’s often a BIG mistake to stop there. In fact you could be losing as much as 75% of your leads because of it – keep reading if you want to avoid making this Internet Marketing Mistake!

Testing multiple domain names and picking the one that performs best (for example, in Google AdWords ads) is a very profitable strategy. Continue reading ‘What’s In A Domain Name?’

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Social Media Ripples

This is such a cool and powerful concept I keep it for my clients. Sorry. I can’t give you everything for FREE, after all that wouldn’t be fair to my clients. Stuff like this, when you really understand what it means is the difference between drowning in the tsunami of leads going to your competitors versus riding the wave of success all the way into success beach.

Social Media Ripple Effect Explained

Social Media Ripple Effect Explained

A blog like this is a great, even ideal way to INTRODUCE concepts and whet your appetite… If you want to know about stuff no one else will tell you and cut through the C _ _ P that the Internet hype specialists are infamous for – consider our programs and events.

They are geared to every day people who want to get better results – one day at a time, one click at a time. Without having to learn PHP, HTML or other obtuse coding languages.

What we teach is all about getting better results with the least amount of effort and lowest cost. In plain English. Our Internet products and programs start at $27 and $97/month respectively – to meet any budget and level of ambition from newbies to experts. Go to our Internet Mastery site and take a look around – you’ll read testimonials of people just like you who took their Next Best Step and have the results to show for it.

Isn’t it time you took YOUR Next Best Step?

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Google Chrome

Today’s post has two purposes. First is to let you know that Google has a new browser called Google Chrome and secondly that if you want to communicate effectively using YouTube videos, check this series that will leave you mesmerised. YouTube is without a doubt revolutionising Internet Marketing, but it’s still up to human beings to be creative and imaginative.

http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/features_mac.html

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Augmented Reality

If you ever wondered were we’re going with technology, stop wondering – augmented reality is here. Forget artificial intelligence – think Total Recall. Click on the hyperlink to see the latest technology that is within our reach and is being commercialised, I’m sure your head will be spinning with the possibilities this will represent for Exponential Marketing Enthusiasts!

Note: Once you click on the link, give the video time to load since it is being streamed from CNN and not YouTube. It’s well worth the additional few seconds of delay.

You can thank Andrew Powell of Montreal Canada for the link to this video.

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LinkedIn Tip: Post Videos On Your Profile

Don’t think you can post videos on your Linked In Profile? Think again… Read this simple how-to blog post that reveals a quick work-around! First, you’ll need a Google account and then once you create the presentation, you might have to go in and out of your Google account and the Linked In application for the presentation to show up in your list.

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Stay tuned for more valuable insights, ideas and secret strategies like this via this blog.

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