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This Article Is Sponored By You! | Monday, March 5, 2007 by Salman Siddiqui | Comments
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Google is the ultimate search engine. But every now and then there have been cases where people are unsatisfied with the search giant's results. Unknowingly they think Internet does not has answer for there queries or Google couldn't find that. Where as if they optimize there queries a little they could easily get some exciting answers. Here I will present to you some basics which one could follow to yield better answers. Everything is available on Google under tips.

Automatic exclusion of common words
Google ignores common words and characters such as "where" and "how", as well as certain single digits and single letters, because they tend to slow down your search without improving the results. Google will indicate if a common word has been excluded by displaying details on the results page below the search box.

If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it. (Be sure to include a space before the "+" sign.)

Negative Terms
If your search term has more than one meaning (bass, for example, could refer to fishing or music) you can focus your search by putting a minus sign ("-") in front of words related to the meaning you want to avoid.

For example, here's how you'd find pages about bass-heavy lakes, but not bass-heavy music when you use "bass -music". (without quotes.)

With Advanced Search, you can search only for pages:
  • that contain ALL the search terms you type in
  • that contain the exact phrase you type in
  • that contain at least one of the words you type in
  • that do NOT contain any of the words you type in
  • written in a certain language
  • created in a certain file format
  • that have been updated within a certain period of time
  • that contain numbers within a certain range
  • within a certain domain, or website
  • that don't contain "adult" material

Synonym Search
If you want to search not only for your search term but also for its synonyms, place the tilde sign ("~") immediately in front of your search term.

For example, here's how to search for food facts and nutrition and cooking information: ~food ~facts

OR Search
To find pages that include two search terms, add an uppercase OR between two search terms.

For example, vacation london OR paris

Domain Search
You can use Google to search only within one specific website by entering the search terms you're looking for, followed by the word "site" and a colon followed by the domain name.

For example, football site:www.espnstar.com to find only about football in espnstar website.

Number Range Search
computer $100..$300

This will give you search results for computers within the price range of $100 to $300. Cool?

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