Google is pretty darn amazing when it comes to finding the information that we want . . . but we have all wanted to get better searching in Google from time to time.
Sometimes the results are so far away from what (you thought) you asked for that it is hilarious.
Well there are some nerdy ways to help Google give what you want and they are quite simple to . . .
use on your web browser.
Back in the good ol’ days of computing, everything that was a string had to be enclosed in quote marks to tell the computer that it was a text string, (or word), that was of significance and separate to the surrounding text.
And to an extent, we still do that today in computer coding.
But fortunately, Google worked out how to do all that stuff without using the punctuation that we needed before.
However . . . . . .
You Can Still Use It
That’s right, you can still use punctuation and codes to get what you want from Google.
Most of this will be of little interest to most of us . . . because it just is not needed.
But let me just give you a sample and then a few links where you can follow-up to your heart’s content.
What happens if you type your phone number into Google.
You might perhaps get 1 or 2 listings for your number . . .
- 0412 345 123
. . . and then the rest of the listings will be for parts of the number, such as
- 0412 345
- 345 123
- 0412 123
There are usually pages of these, and in most cases they are totally irrelevant to what you are searching for.
“0412 345 123”
Now, if you add quotes to front and back, Google says “ah, this must be one word, not 3 separate words”, and so it produces listings that have only exactly 0412 345 123 in the pages.
Which is what you wanted to start with.
Now you can get a bit more technical and use the word AND to make sure that both of your words appear in the search results.
It works just as you would expect.
Generally, Google is clever enough to know that if you type in the words dog grooming Sydney, that you are looking for a dog groomer in Sydney.
So it has become a bit superfluous to search for . . .
- “dog groomer” AND “Sydney”
But you can! And you can search for other more specific things along these lines to make your meaning more explicit to Google.
Just like AND, the word OR works just as you would expect.
- “dog groomer” OR “pet sitter” OR “dog walker”
will produce listings that have 1 or more of these words.
Like I said, this is getting a bit nerdy and Google generally does a pretty good job by itself.
But it can be worth knowing that there are other ways to do it as well.
This is a good article on the subject, with lots more options to try out.
Well, that is quite simple really!
Watch this short VIDEO
How to Use Advanced Google Search Operators
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