Refine Google Search & Google Search Techniques

Refine Google Search

While searching on Google, you can make the search results even clearer with some techniques.

Common Search Techniques on Google

1. Search for Spesific Domain & Website

site:” is put at the beginning of the domain or website to be searched. There is no space after “site:”. When searched in this way, only the results of the searched domain appear on the search results page.

Example: site:apple.com

site: Search Technique

If a space is left after site:domain.com and a word related to the website is written and a search is made, the search results will be further filtered.

Example: site:apple.com mac

Site: Search Technique

2. Search Social Media Account

To Google any social media account, search for the name of the account along with @.

Example: @twitter

Search Social Media Account

3. Search Hashtags On Google

Social media hashtags are searched in the Google index by using the # sign at the beginning of the search term.

Example: #picoftheday

Search Hashtag On Google

4. Search Query for Price

If you specify the price you are looking for while searching for a product for sale on Google, the search results pages will be listed with filtered prices. Specify the price amount with the currency symbol, leaving the last space from the searched query.

Example: dress $300

Search for Price on Google

5. Search Query with Price Range

Search by leaving a space after the search query and specifying the price range of the product to be searched with “…”.

Example: dress $100…$200

Search Query with Price Range

6. Search for Exact Match Query

Exact match results are listed when the search query is searched on Google between quotation marks.

Example: “exact match query”

Search With Quotation Marks

Search On Google With Exacth Match

Search Without Quotation Marks

Exact Match Search Query

7. Exclude Words From Search Query

In order to prevent unwanted results from appearing on search results pages, a “-” sign is placed at the beginning of the unwanted word in the search query.

Example: illustrator -adobe

Exclude Words From Search Query

8. Combine Google Search Technique

Searching two different search queries by combining capital letters “OR” between them.

Example: software OR programming

Combine Search On Google

9. Cache of Pages on Google

When searched by adding “cache:” to the beginning of the URLs of the websites, it shows the last indexed version of that page in the Google cache.

Example: cache:wordpress.com

cache:wordpress.com Google Search Technique

If Google has not saved the page you are looking for in its cache, it will not show any results.

10. Search by Filetype On Google

Google can index many file types. The “filetype:” operator is used to search in the desired format. When searching with this operator, only results in the searched file type are listed on the search result pages.

Example: filetype:pdf camera

Search by Filetype On Google

File Types That Google Can Index

  • Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Adobe PostScript (.ps)
  • Autodesk Design Web Format (.dwf)
  • Google Earth (.kml, .kmz)
  • GPS eXchange Format (.gpx)
  • Hancom Hanword (.hwp)
  • HTML (.htm, .html, other file extensions)
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
  • OpenOffice presentation (.odp)
  • OpenOffice spreadsheet (.ods)
  • OpenOffice text (.odt)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg)
  • TeX/LaTeX (.tex)
  • Wireless Markup Language (.wml, .wap)
  • XML (.xml)
  • Text (.txt, .text, other file extensions), including source code in common programming languages:
      • Basic source code (.bas)
      • C/C++ source code (.c, .cc, .cpp, .cxx, .h, .hpp)
      • C# source code (.cs)
      • Java source code (.java)
      • Perl source code (.pl)
      • Python source code (.py)