Google has managed to evolve from a simple search engine on the internet, to a powerful media mogul. Hey, to google was even added to the dictionary in the year 2006, making it an official word in not only the English language. Thus, it’s only natural that many people use it each and every day to find information on the internet.
However, who feeds Google with search terms randomly is often times confronted with paid ads, unanswered forum entries for their questions or other inadequate search results. Thereby it is so easy to narrow you search requests to find what you are looking for.
Improve Your Google Search Results
Following, we from Online-Convert.com have gathered the most valuable Google search operators that you really should start using. They will help you to filter search results or generally improve your search behavior on Google.
“” – Search for a specific phrase
When you enter your question in Google, it often happens that you are presented with many search result that only loosely relate to your actual question. This is because your question will be split up into its parts to deliver as many potentially helpful results as possible. Sadly, his sometimes defies the cause. By putting your search terms in quotes, Google will search for this exact phrase only.
"How to convert from text to mp3"
– – Exclude search terms
Likewise, many search terms may be related to an area or concept that you are not looking for. In order to filter out these unwanted results, you can exclude certain search terms by simple putting a minus in front of the term.
+ – Include stop words
So-called stop words like “the” and “a” are usually filtered out by Google. With the help of a plus inserted before the stop word, however, you can trigger Google to include it in their search.
convert +a video
* – Search with a placeholder
The asterisk in a google search request functions as a placeholder for a whole word. Unfortunately, it can not be used as a genuine truncationand only whole words can be replaced with the placeholder. Thus, search requests like “convert to mp*” would not deliver satisfying results.
convert MP3 to *
OR – Combine search results
With the simple operator OR you can combine two searches into one. When put between two search terms, Google will look for results that contain either of the two search terms. This will spare you the time of issuing two separate searches.
iPhone OR Android
define: – Find definitions
Sometimes we do not really search for long and exhaustive information. Sometimes, a simple definition of a technical term or difficult concept is all that is needed. Here, the operator define: can be used to quickly get a definition of what you are looking for.
site: – Filter for sites or areas
Using the site:-operator will help you to filter your search results for specific areas or even sites. You can thus either filter to find search result in a certain language or all articles and content from a specific website for your search term.
Bon Jovi site:es MP4 site:www.online-convert.com
ext: / filetype: – Filter for file extensions
These interchangeable operators are especially useful if you want to find a certain document or other file type on the web. It allows you to find PDF documents or whole PowerPoint presentations as well as audio files like MP3 and more.
Elections 2016 ext:pdf Mariah Carey filetype:mp3
#..# – Filter for numerical range
If you are looking for a certain product and you only want results shown in a certain price range, the ..-operator can filter your Google search already. Simply put two dots in between the two numerals.
iphone 6 100..200
link: – Filter for linking pages
The link:-operator helps you to find websites that link to a certain page. This is not only valuable for people concerned with SEO and backlinks, but also for finding (blog) articles that refer to a certain source.
inurl: / allinurl:– Search website URLs
If you are not looking for information linked to a specific search term, but a website that contains the term in their URL, you can use an operator instead of having to scroll through millions of search results. Simply use inurl: in front of your search term and Google will list websites that contain them in their URL. Using the altered allinurl:-operator comes in handy when you are searching for more than one search term. This way, Google will search for website URLs that contain all search terms.
inurl:convert allinurl:convert online mp3
related: – Find related websites
Using the operator related: in combination with a website URL, google will list a number of websites that are similar to the search term. That way, resources and information on different pages that are related by content can be easier identified.