31 Advanced Google Search Tips

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If you’re like me, you probably use Google many times a day. But chances are, unless you’re a technology geek, you probably still use Google in its simplest form. If your current use of Google is limited to typing in a few words and changing your query until you find what you’re looking for, then I’m here to tell you that there’s a better way — and it’s not hard to learn.

On the other hand, even if you are a technology geek and can use Google like the best of them already, I still suggest you bookmark this article of advanced Google search tips. Then, you’ll then have the tips on hand when you’re ready to pull your hair out in frustration watching a neophyte repeatedly type in basic queries in a desperate attempt to find something.

The following advanced Google search tips are based on my own experience and things that I actually find useful. I’ve kept the descriptions of the search tips intentionally terse, as you’re likely to grasp most of these simply by looking at the example from Google anyway.

For even more Google tips, download our free guide here.

How to Search on Google

Here’s an overview of some of the most useful Google search tricks. You’ll be an expert Google search-er in no time.

Step 1) Explicit Phrase

Let’s say you’re searching on Google for content about inbound marketing. Instead of just typing inbound marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.

Example Search: “inbound marketing”

Step 2) Exclude Words

Let’s say you want to search for content about inbound marketing, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term advertising. To do this, simply use the  sign in front of the word you want to exclude.

Example Search: inbound marketing -advertising

Step 3) This OR That

By default, when you conduct a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you’re looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized).

Example Search: inbound marketing OR advertising

Step 4) Words in the Text

If you want to find a webpage where all the terms you’re searching for appear in the text of that page (but not necessarily beside each other), type in allintext: followed immediately by words or phrases.

Example Search: allintext:vermont ski house lake

Step 5) Words in the Text + Title, URL etc.

If you want to find a webpage where one term appears in the text of that page and another term appears elsewhere on the page, like the title or URL, then type in that first term followed by intext: followed immediately by the other term.

Example Search: neil diamond intext:red sox

Step 6) Words in the Title

Want to find a webpage with certain words contained in the title (but not necessarily beside each other)? Type in allintitle: followed immediately by words or phrases.

Example Search: allintitle:wine club

Step 7) Words in the TItle + Text, URL, etc.

Want to find a webpage where one term appears in the title of that page and another term appears elsewhere on the page, like in the text or the URL? Type in that first term followed by intitle: immediately followed by the other term.

Example Search: flu shot intitle:advice

Step 8) Words in the URL

If you want to find pages with your search query mentioned in the URL, type allinurl:immediately followed by your search query.

Example Search: allinurl:hubspot blog

Step 9) How to Search Within a Website

Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the site:somesite.com modifier. (Read this blog post to learn how to do this in more detail.)

Example Search: site:www.smallbusinesshub.com “inbound marketing”

Step 10) Related Search

If you want to find new websites with similar content to a website you already know of, use the related:somesite.com modifier.

Example Search: related:visual.ly

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Step 11) A Page That Links to Another Page

Let’s say you want to search for every website that cites a BuzzFeed article on their website. To do this, use the link: command, immediately followed by the name of a page. Google will give you all pages that link to BuzzFeed’s official website. The more specific the URL is, the fewer, more pointed results you’ll get.

Example Search: link:buzzfeed

Step 12) Similar Words and Synonyms

Let’s say you want to include a word in your search, but also want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the ~ in front of the word.

Example Search: “inbound marketing” ~professional

Step 13) Word Definitions

If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the define:command. You can listen to the word’s pronunciation by pressing the megaphone icon.

Search Example: define:plethora

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Step 14) Missing Words

Ever forgotten a word or two from a specific phrase, song lyric, movie quote, or something else? You can use an asterisk* as a wildcard, which can help you find the missing word in a phrase.

Example Search: much * about nothing

Step 15) News in a Specific Location

If you’re looking for news related to a specific location, you can use the location: command to search Google News for stories coming from that location.

Search Example: star wars location:london

Step 16) Specific Document Types

If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifierfiletype:. For example, you might want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to inbound marketing.

Example Search: “inbound marketing” filetype:ppt

Step 17) Translations

Want to translate a simple word or phrase from one language to another? No need to go to a translation website. Just search translate [word] to [language].

Example Search: translate krankenwagen to english

Step 18) Phone Listing

Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number, and you don’t know who it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature.

Example Search: phonebook:617-555-1212

(Note: The number in this example doesn’t work. You’ll have to use a real number to get any results.)

Step 19) Area Code Lookup

If all you need to do is to look up the area code for a phone number, just enter the three-digit area code and Google will tell you where it’s from.

Example Search: 617

Step 20) Zip Code Lookup

If you need to look up the zip code for an address, simply search for the rest of the address, including town or city name and state, province, or country. It’ll return results with an area code (if applicable),

Example Search: 25 First St., Cambridge, MA

Step 21) Numeric Ranges

This is a rarely used but highly useful tip. Let’s say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers. You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what’s between the X and Y are two periods). This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices, or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers.

Example Search: president 1940..1950

Step 22) Stock (Ticker Symbol)

Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term, and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumbnail chart for the stock.

Example Search: GOOG

Step 23) Calculator

The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression into Google.

Search Example: 48512 * 1.02

Step 24) Tip Calculator

Along with a normal calculator, Google has a built-in tip calculator. Just search tip calculator and you can adjust the bill, tip %, and number of people splitting it.

Search Example: tip calculator

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Step 25) Timer

Don’t have a timer handy? Google has you covered. Just type in an amount of time + the word “timer,” and the countdown will begin automatically

Search Example:

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Search Example: 20 min timer

Step 26) Stopwatch

Search “stopwatch” and it’ll bring up a stopwatch for you to start when you’re ready.

Search Example: stopwatch

Step 27) Weather

Next time you’re looking for quick weather stats or a forecast for a certain area, search for weather followed by a location. Google will give you both before the first search results.

Search Example: weather cambridge ma

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Step 28) Sunrise & Sunset Times

If you’re curious when the sun will rise and set that day at a specific location, do a simple Google search with the word sunrise or sunset along with the location name.

Search Example: sunrise acadia

Step 29) Flight Statuses

If you type in the airline and airplane number into Google, it will tell you the flight information, status, and other helpful information.

Search Example: BA 181

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Step 30) Sports Scores & Schedules

Want to know the latest sports scores and future schedules of your favorite teams or match-ups? Search a single team name or two team names and Google will use Google Sports to spit out scores and schedules before the first search results.

Search Example: manchester united

Step 31) Comparing Food

Believe it or not, if you’re ever curious how two types of (fairly generic) foods compare with one another, you can do a quick Google search to see how they differ in calories, fat, protein, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, and other nutrients.

Search Example: pizza vs broccoli

What are you favorite Google search tips? Share any that I’ve missed in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2007 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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Time comes when we need to fly the coop and consider moving a WordPress site to a new host who has better service, price or performance.

Some hosts will transfer your site for free but, often we have more than one. So we’re back to doing it ourselves.

The general process is to create a new installation of WordPress and import everything from your current host then transfer the hosting by changing the A Name record. If your new version has issues, you can change the A Name back whilst you work on the issue. Only delete the old site when you are 100% sure the new one is performing as it should.

I use the UpDraft plugin but there are plenty of others.

  1. Back up the Database (The .sql file)
  2. Compress the wp-content folder into a .zip file (Zip works best)
  3. Head to the new server
  4. Install a clean version of WordPress (Either one-click or manually)
  5. Upload the wp-content.zip folder
  6. Delete the old wp-content and unzip the new version to replace it
  7. Head for PhP MyAdmin
  8. Select the database in the left menu that you will be working with
  9. Click Import in the top menu
  10. Under File to Import, click Browse and select the backup file you previously created (it will be either a .sql .zip or .tar.gz file).
  11. Click Go at the bottom right
  12. When the database has been imported successfully, you should see a message at the top of the page similar to: Import has been successfully finished, ## queries executed.
  13. Now change your A Name records at your domain registrar to move the site.

‘Free’ or ‘Nulled’ plugins for WordPress offer an alternative to the Official WordPress repository there are hundreds and thousands of websites which offer free WordPress themes and Plugins but the problem is you cannot be sure they are trustworthy.

Most of them add a malicious code to themes and plugins which is not too easy for you to find.

Before learning about the cure, lets discuss the cause.

Here  is why they add their custom codes

  • To get backlinks from your blog unknowingly
  • to get access to your blog
  • to redirect your blog to spam links
  • to add their advertisements and banners, or
  • to simply take your website down.

Not only free themes and plugins also the premium nulled plugins and themes that you have download from Warez and torrents may also infected by these malicious codes.

My Confessions

Did  you wonder what triggered me write this article ?

Yes, I too fell prey to these free plugins. Few years back, I was desperate to download a very famous nulled plugin from warez and after installing it in my blog I got to know that the plugin was infected and it redirects my blog to a spam blog.

I immediately disabled the plugin and checked for the code that caused the redirection in plugin files. After an hour I found the code and immediately removed it [ I don’t use that plugin now ]

This incident taught me very important thing.

Never trust nulled WordPress plugins and themes

However many of you might want to use those nulled or free plugins and theme, if you are one of them then read the remaining article

Detecting Malicious codes

After downloading the plugin or theme,The first thing you should do is to check for virus, trojans and other worms that you may not like it.

Check for Virus and Trojans

Go to VirusTotal.com and upload the zip file to check for virus.

If your file is infected you will get a red signal and if not then you can move on to next step.

VirusTotal Scan result

VirusTotal Scan result

Check for unwanted codes in Plugins

Now lets check for unwanted codes in plugins using another WordPress plugin called Exploit Scanner,which can be securely downloaded from WordPress website.

After installing it go to Dashboard >> Tools >> Exploit Scanner and run the scan.It will take some time to complete the scan and the time depends on number of plugins you have installed.

After the scan you can see a list of codes that are suspected.You can use the browser search function to find the plugins that you installed from outside WordPress repository.

Exploit Scanner

Exploit Scanner

[mybox]Note : This plugin will also scan themes but you might to be interested to try the tip that I am about to give next.[/mybox]

Check for Theme authenticity

Adding a backlink in a free theme is very common technique but you can easily find those exploited themes by the plugin called Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC).

Install the plugin and go to Dashboard >> Appearance >> TAC

You can see the list of themes installed with their authenticity result.It will give a warning if any encrypted links are found in a theme.

Theme Authenticity Checker

Theme Authenticity Checker

Don’t you wish you could Update WordPress Automatically?

Sometimes you are not able to update WordPress and the plugins to a newer version without providing your FTP credentials. This is a caused by the WordPress system not haveing permission on the server to write to the wp-content folder.

FTP

To solve this issue you either define the FTP details in your wp-config.php file so WordPress will remember it or, alternatively, provide WordPress with write access to your wp-content folder by accessing the FTP root file and changing the folder file permission (CHMOD) to 775 rather than the default 755 and 644.

There is an easier way to deal with this; by defining constant,FS_METHOD in your wp-config.php file. This bypasses WordPress’s recurring prompts, and allows auto-updates of your files to happen. And it takes only 1 line of code to do this.

1. Open /wp-config.php

Now the first thing you need to do is to open the wp-config.php file from your WordPress root folder (you may access this file from your WordPress installer folder). From the installation folder, the file is located atwordpress/wp-config.php

2. Insert FS_METHOD

Paste the following code to your wp-config.php file, preferably just below every other line of code.

define('FS_METHOD','direct');

FS Method