I don't know about you, but I use Google Search every day for many reasons including forums, information, sites, shops, apps and everytime I get search results I have to filter through the spam results to get to the actualy results.
Yeah ! Spam results and I am not talking about Google Ads but results based on "keywords" that are written into the code by sellers.
For example, I really needed a royalty free flag image, which I know it is widely available across the internet. But the problem is stockphoto and other stockimage sites have infested the Google search results in such a way, that even Ad Block Plus cannot handle them.
Luckily, Google actually does provide several options to narrow down your search to reach the required information and you do NOT need to be an internet search guru to overcome this problem.
Going directly to the point here are the top tips.
REFINING SEARCH RESULTS
- Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn’t part of a search operator. Don’t put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term.
A search for
site:nytimes.comwill work, but
Common search techniques
Search social media
@in front of a word to search social media. For example:
Search for a price
$in front of a number. For example:
#in front of a word. For example:
Exclude words from your search
-in front of a word you want to leave out. For example,
jaguar speed -car
Search for an exact match
Search for wildcards or unknown words
*in your word or phrase where you want to leave a placeholder. For example,
"largest * in the world".
Search within a range of numbers
..between two numbers. For example,
OR" between each search query. For example,
marathon OR race.
Search for a specific site
site:" in front of a site or domain. For example,
Search for related sites
related:" in front of a web address you already know. For example,
Get details about a site
info:" in front of the site address.
See Google’s cached version of a site
cache:" in front of the site address.