Although search engines have greatly developed to find almost anything that you may be looking for, there may be a few phrases that will give you a hassle to find. For those, here are a few tips that will really help!
1) Exact or Explicit Phase
“Joe Bloggs”, by using the inverted commas you are letting the search engine know that you are only expecting results for that exact key phrase, in the exact order of the words.
The usual search would yield results for either, Joe or Blogg
2) Exclude terms: If you don’t find what you’re looking for using the “exact match” filter, perhaps you should try excluding a phrase by using the minus symbol.
Example: “Joe Bloggs” – Jeans, this should yield results for Joe Bloggs, however, it would exclude results for Joe Bloggs brand of jeans.
3) Either OR
Alex Hem OR Hemandez
By using the OR term you may search for one or another term, not just all the terms. OR searches are useful for finding stuff that you’re not sure which term will be used from a known list.
4) Synonym search If you’re not sure which term will be used you can use synonym search.
Searching for plumbing ~university will yield results for plumbing from colleges as well as universities, for example.
5) Search within a site
example site:brabys.com plumbers
For a quicker search on Brabys.com, you may use Google to find results on our website by using this feature
6) The use of the asterisk: A “fill in the blank” feature, you may use this type of search to find missing words or missing letters in a phrase.
example : Where there’s * there’s a way
Or search for Architect* , which will search for architect, as well as Architectural, Architecture, Architected or any other word that begins with Architect.
7) Searching between two values
Searching for something with a qualifier between two ranges is a good way of answering questions. For instance, if you’re looking for the who were the South African Presidents where between 1920 and 1950 a search using South African President 1920... 1950 yields results date ranging between 1920 and 1950.
“Search term followed by two full stops and a space”
8) Search for word in the body, title or URL of a page
Now and again you might just need to find text either within of the URL, body or title of a page.
By using the qualifier inurl: will search within a url.
The qualifier intext: will look inside the body of a page, while intitle: will seek just inside of a page title.
For instance, intitle:review will find all the articles with "review" in the page title.
9) Search for related sites
Example: related:allrecipes.com will bring up all other websites that Google feels are the most similar to food recipes.
10) Now Combine these searches
All these search tools can be combined to narrow down or expand searches.
While some of them may be used only rarely, some such as explicit phrase searches are quite useful.