Everyday more than billions of searches are done on various search engines & more than half of that on Google, each search yielding about another thousand results. Nobody wants to spend time scrolling through thousands of search results to find the page that contains the information they’re looking for. In fact, few people bother looking beyond the first page of 10 results, choosing instead to re craft their search phrase and try again. Some go for more advanced searches but its complexity in taking inputs is even more time taking.
But with the help of a few search operators, you can increase substantially the chances that you’ll find what you’re looking for on your first search try. So, here comes the role of operators & limiters to make your searches more effective & about 10 times faster in showing the exact result.
Using (~) Operator
Place a tilde (~) directly in front of your search term to find pages with words similar to the term in question. So searching ~inexpensive domains will return pages that have the term “cheap domains,” “affordable domains,” and “low-cost domains” as well.
Using (+) Operator
Use the plus sign (+) to search for two terms appearing together.
Using (-) Operator
Use the minus sign (-) to find pages that contain one term but not another.
Using (*) Operator
Use the asterisk (*) wildcard to search for a term along with any other word, and quotes (“blah de blah”) to find an exact phrase.
Using (site:) Limiter
If you looking for on the site by going to Google or another search engine, and entering a search term along with site:www.thesitename.com (or .org, .edu, etc.) will yield you the exact website with specified URLs.
Using (define:) Limiter
Use define:word to return a definition.
Using (link:) Limiter
Use link:url to find pages that contain a link to a specific site or page.
Using (inurl:) Limiter
Use inurl:searchterm (or allinurl:searchterm) to retrieve pages whose URL contains a specific word or phrase.
Using (intitle:) Limiter
Use intitle:searchterm (or allintitle:searchterm the find pages with the word or phrase in their title; and,
Using ( info:) Limiter
Use info:url (or id:url) to get information about the page.
Using (safesearch:) Limiter
To keep adult-oriented content out of the results, use safesearch: searchterm.
To Find Weather
If you’re looking for a weather report, simply enter weather place or zip code and press Enter to see the temperature, conditions, and forecast for that locale.
Using (related:) Limiter
And to see pages similar to another page, type related: url.