Note: Lots of “Google” follow, know that when that happens, I am referring to Search-aspect of Google and not whole tech conglomerate that it is.
This is the 3rd part of Tips and Tricks to Search Efficiently series of posts. Googfu or the art of Google is where the series is focused. The series intends to reveal and compile a list tips and tricks to search more efficiently with Google. Read part 1 and part 2 for basic nuts and bolts of Googfu. Search can be a powerful tool if you know how it works, so you better read this as well.
#23 Delve into a drug
Medical students? Here you go. Google also keeps record of drugs; brands producing them, possible side effects, what they treat, drug classes and how to intake them. This is all valuable information for a medical student, isn’t it?
#24 Search for trending hashtags
Twitteratis must be pretty familiar to hashtags, agree? Put it simply: hashtags are a way to tailor tweets to targeted audience. Then.. topics or hashtags trending/on fire are a way for Twitteratis to browse/explore their specific interests. But did you know that you could search hashtags on Google and receive results regarding trending topics. Just search hashtag with hash [#] in front of it.
#25 Search for a phrase with missing words
Try searching this: how to install * in Windows 10. The asterisk [*] in the query tells Google to replace most commonly used phrases/keywords and display the results. If your instant search (ability to display results as you type) is disabled, you can even see Google’s suggestions to fill the blank in dropdown. Of course, if a search query is not surrounded by quotes, it does not do exact-term-search. So if you put quotes yourself, you will find the blanks to be pretty specific and easy to point out.
#26 Check what a webpage looked like last time Google crawled it
In How Google (Search) Works, I have told you how Google crawls pages and stores them in its gigantic index, right? Google does that crawling regularly as a given site instructs via its XML sitemap. It may be weekly, daily or even monthly, depending also upon how frequently a site is updated. This may be a pretty neat technique for SEOs as well as. So how do you see how your site or a page looked like the last time Google crawled it? Well, you simply put cache: operator in front of the address of page/site. Like following:
On the page that follows, there are options to see full version (with CSS, JS & other files), text version (HTML-based) or source code.
#27 To search for social tags
By social tags, I mean usernames or screen names of popular social networks. If you want to look up for a prospective employee on Google, to check their social background, well then, this feature may be for you. All you need to do is find out their primary username, put an “@” in front of it. Like Google’s @google, this will bring up all of my social profiles.
#28 Make good search within a range
Did you know that you could tell Google to only bring results from past hour, last 24 hours, last week, last year or even last 15 years? Never knew, right? Most don’t, anyway, now you do know it and here’s how to do it. Do Google, then click Search Tools it will show you two options: Time range and results’ type. Modify time range and tell it to search however you want. Pretty sweeet, right?
#29 Case-sensitivity is non-existent
One of the most common misconceptions among Google users is that of case-sensivity. Case-sensitivity does not matter for most of the cases. This frees you from keeping yourself grammatically accurate and gives you time to do more important things. Although this is not really a tip to search efficiently, but regardless it speeds up and improves your search habits.
#30 Search for related pages
Hungry for tech news? But don’t know any other tech hunger-relieving sites other than TechCrunch? Well, then related: operator may be handy in the case. Put related: operator in front of techcrunch.com address. Same works for webpages. Try this – related:wordpress.org/themes/
#31 Find pages that link to a particular page
Pages link to each other. Links are fundamental element of webpages. Page A linking to Page B is called Page B’s backlink. Backlinks play a significant role in search ranking’s factors, probably they’re more important than any other of 200 factors. Sure, there are numerous SEO tools that help track/detect backlinks to a page or website, but guess what, the boss of search engines itself provides a way to do it. Put a link: operator in front of a page or website address. Follow will a page with links to the targeted page.
#32 To search for information about a site
Putting info: operator in front of a URL will display links to a few pages that let you learn more about that URL. Links like to similar pages, pages linking to targeted address, pages from that address and others, etc.
#33 Use Google as dictionary
Google is a pretty good dictionary as well, did you know that? Try searching a word like etymology, putting define: in front of anthropology and there you go. Not only does Google tell you the definition, but also pronounces it, tells you word origins, translate it to other many languages and as well as a graph displaying word use over time.
#34 Timer? Google has it!
Try searching timer, timer will be there.
#35 Find out your IP address
IP is the short-form of Internet Protocol, by which means data is sent or communicated between computers, networking and Internet is established. IP address is a unique address of computers. If you want to know your public IP address, then Google what is my ip address.
#37 To search for a word’s orgins
Google’s dictionary aspect is great and pretty useful, but what if you wanted to be a bit more specific and get to the origins of a word directly? Put etymology: operator in front of the operator, all is set. Like this – etymology:google.
#38 Look up stock quotes
Economics student? This goes for you. Just try searching goog or google stock, you will find Google’s stock mode and it will tell you whole a lot about how Google’s shares are performing, how they performed over time and what’s their stock quotes and more.
If you know a tip or two which I may have missed, please do comment and I will try to add it to next post of the series.