Tips for Using Google Search OperatorsSep172018

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Definition : Search Operator

A Search Operator (or search parameter) is a character or string of commands and characters used in a search engine query to narrow the focus of the search.

Using Search Operators help you search quickly for information plus can find information to assist with SEO, identify errors that may exist on your site, and may also reveal information about competitor websites and activity.

Find Social Media Profiles of People You Want to Reach Out to:

Enter into Google search field:

paula pierce hosting (site:twitter.com | site:facebook.com | site:linkedin.com)

Here are the results:

Tips for Using Google Search Operators

Let’s do one more. Just enter a name and occupation/field to see if you can locate the social media information for that person or company you want to connect with.

brad pitt actor (site:twitter.com | site:facebook.com | site:linkedin.com)

Here are the results:

How to Use Google Search Operators

One more example:

dennis muilenburg boeing (site:twitter.com | site:facebook.com | site:linkedin.com)

Here are the results for Dennis Muilenburg, CEO Boeing:

Google Search Operators

Find How Often Competitors are Publishing New Content

Blog files are usually stored in a subfolder or under a subdomain.

search: site:starbucks.com/blog

Placing “blog” after the domain brought results:

And another search:

site:blog.starbucks.com

Placing “blog.” in front of the domain yielded no results:

Use Google Tools tab to see how often content has been published.

Click on the Tools tab, upper Right:

Using Google Search Operators

Any Time and All Results become visible:

Using Google Search Operators for Your Business

Click on “Any Time” and select the time frame for articles/content published, i.e. 24 hours, one month, one year, etc, or assign a Custom Range:

Make Google Search Operators Work for You

Find Specific Search Terms in Blog Titles

Use the variable inposttitle:

inposttitle:white kitchen makeover

Find Text in Blog Content

Use the variable allintitle:

allintitle:daily keto macros

Results:

Search Results Using Google Search Operators 

Find Target Results for Specific Search Phrases

Use the variable intitle:

intitle:plaid shoes for women

Find Phrases With Exact Match Results

Use the Quote variable “ ”

“womens blue plaid shoes”

Find Duplicate Content On a Site

Use the variable site:

site:hostingct.com “website hosting”

Find if Your Brand is Associated with Other TLD’s

It’s optimal to register all TLD’s for your Brand. If you only have the .com registered for your Brand, you may want to know if any other people or businesses are infringing on your Brand. The -site is excluding search for your .com domain.

site:starbucks.* -site:starbucks.com

Results:

Tips for Using Google Search Operators

Common Search Operator Commands

Most people enter a search term as:

Variations on this simple search:

the variable OR

howard OR shultz

Can also use the | symbol instead of the text OR

howard | Schultz

Returns results related to howard or schultz, or both.

the variable AND

howard AND schultz

Returns results related to both howard and shultz

the variable -

howard –starbucks

Returns exclude a phrase or term, results will relate to howard, but not to Starbucks (the business).

the variable *

howard * starbucks

The * symbol as a wildcard and will match any word or phrase.

the variable ( )

(frappuccino OR latte) starbucks

Use to group multiple terms to control how the search is executed.

AROUND ( )

womens plaid AROUND(2) shoes

Narrow results where two or more terms appear on the page and display close to each other.

the variable $

starbucks $5

Returns results for prices.

Preface a search with allintext:

allintext:starbucks howard Schultz

Returns only those results containing all of the specified words in the page content.

Preface a search with allintitle:

allintitle:   starbucks frappe

Returns only those results that contain all of the specified words in the title tag.

Preface a search with allinurl:

 allinurl:starbucks latte

Returns those results only containing all of the specified words in the URL.

Preface a search with cache:

cache:starbucks.com

Returns the most recent cached version of an indexed webpage.

Preface a search with define:

define:starbucks

Returns the meaning of a word drawing on the Google built-in dictionary.

Search with filetype: or ext:  

starbucks filetype:pdf     starbucks ext:pdf

Returns results limited to certain filetypes of pdf, txt, ppt, docx.
Both filetype: and ext: returns the same results.

Search with in

 tbs in ounce

Results will be the conversion to currencies, weights, temperatures, etc.

Preface a search with intext:  

intext:starbucks howard Schultz

Returns page results containing any of the specified words in the content.

Preface a search with intitle:

intitle:starbucks frappe

Returns results with either, or any of the specified words in the title.

Preface a search with inurl:

inurl:starbucks frappe

Returns pages with either or any of the specified words in the URL.

Preface a search with map:

map:98118

Results returned showing map of the area searched. Enter a zip code, city, town, state, landmark, etc.

Preface a search with related:

related:starbucks.com

Returns results related to a domain name.

Preface a search with site:

site:starbucks.com

Returns results only to those of the searched website.

Preface a search with stocks:

stocks:SBUX

Returns stock information for the specified stock symbol.

Preface a search with weather:

weather:phoenix

Returns results for a specified location. You can also enter a zip code: weather:98118

 

note:
Over the years Google has deprecated the functionality of many of the traditional operators. The deprecated operators will return results, but at best they are hit and miss results. The Search Operator list above (as of 2018) are functional.

Additional resources:

Bing Official Search Operators:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff795620.aspx

Google Official Search Operators:
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2466433?hl=en

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