Everybody ‘googles’ but there are few true geniuses who master the art of searching content. There are better ways to put phrases or words you are searching for to get apt results. Some of us spend more time than required to find stuff on the net.

Here are ways in which one can enhance their search skills and manage data searching in minimum time-

Quotations Marks
When you are looking for something exact or a verbatim, then you should put exclamation marks before and after the word or phrase that you want to search for. Such queries are mostly related to dialogues, lyrics or quotes by a popular person or an authority figure.
For example- “To be or not to be”

Put a dash before the word which you DO NOT want to include in your search. This usually happens with words which are most commonly related to your search word.

For example- leopard –animal
When you remove the word ‘animal’ from leopard, the context taken would be everything related to the word ‘leopard’ except the animal bit.

The usage of tilde is mostly archaic, until Google captured it to be used in a search query to make it finer. A tilde is to be used before a term to include results which has synonyms of it.

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For example- Christmas ~desserts
The results this way would show different desserts that are made for Christmas.

Site query
For narrow searches, when one needs to search within the ambit of a particular website then site query- site:careerbuilder.com is used. The search thus, would take you to content within that website.

Link query
Searching for wholesome sites becomes a tough job with all the algorithms and key phrases at work. When looking for a link that links to a particular site use- link: careermuse.co.in. This search takes you to pages which have links to careermuse.co.in.

Periodical search
For vast search options set in a particular time give from-to- art murals- 1950…1967. Giving a time period defines your search to the path that you want it to. It is also used for measurements and prices. For example- jeans waist size 30…34


Related query
A related query is when you got to find sites which are related to a specific site. For example- related: facebook.com, would give us search results for sites that related to Facebook or other social networks like Facebook. It is useful when you have a benchmark and want to find data related or around it on similar lines.


Rather than wasting time on putting mere words without any special characters to define them, makes the search bland and vague. These tips come in handy in your quest for searching perfectly.

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