You can make your search more efficient by learning some search basics !

Try these tips :

1. Use Of ‘+’ sign :

This ensures that the results returned to you will definatly consist of the word following the ‘+’ sign. For Eg :

Search: reviews of +iPhone and iPod

This will show results containing the word reviews or iPod but the results will definatly consist of iPhone !

2. Use Of ‘-‘ sign :

Using ‘-‘ sign before any word will ensure that the particular word will not be included in the results !

3. Use Of ‘~’ sign :

Using ‘~’ before any word will return the results also containing the synonyms of the word !

4. Search a particular site :

To search a particular website you can use the following syntax in the google search :

Search: site:www.xyz.com abc

For Eg :

Search: site:http://pcremix.blogspot.com/ Google Search Tips

5. Define a word :

To get the definition of a word just use :

Search: define:abc

For Eg : Search: define:Computer

This will return you results which define ‘Computer’.

6. Find Pages similar to a page :

To find a page similar i.e. consisting of same type of content, use the following syntax :

Search: related:http://www.xyz.com/

7. Search for exact phrase :

To search a set of words exactly together i.e.

For Eg :

Search: “contact us”

This will return the results containing both contact and us together !

8. Using the wild card ‘*’ :

The * sign can be used in places where the whole word is not known.

For Eg:

Search: friend*

This will return the results containing friend , friends , friendship.

9. Using the ‘?’ sign :

This is used when the full spelling of the word is not known.

For Eg:

Search: fri??d

This will result that in the results in which any alphabet can take the place of ‘?’ sign.

10. Use of boolean operators :

The boolean operators like AND,OR,NOT can be used in search box to connect the words !

The search engine understands them as what they mean but the must be in capital letters !

For Eg:

Search: swim OR float

This will return the results containing either swim or float !

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