Google is the most popular search engine in the world. But do you know that you can include special characters and words in your search to get better results? Try the following tips in your next Google search to get more accurate results.
01. Use quotation marks ("") to search for exact words or phrases
If you put your search terms in double quotation marks, Google will only use the exact phrase you put in quotation marks. For example, if you search for [古城波隆纳罗瓦 "Google搜索 results only include pages with the phrase 古城波隆纳鲁沃.
Or, if you start using this method, you can check your work by searching for some sentences on Google. If Google search produces some results, you will have an understanding of your writing.
02. Search for wildcards or unknown words (use * in quotes)
You can use asterisks (*) in quotes to specify variables or unknown words. Google will find that the results of these pages are related to the rhythm of the asterisk.
This is useful if you are trying to find a specific phrase but don't remember some of them. You can use an asterisk to replace words you don't remember, and Google will find the missing words.
In addition, you can improve your writing skills by searching for words in sentences using a combination of asterisks and quotation marks on Google.
03. Use the minus sign ( – ) to exclude results that contain a specific keyword
If you want to exclude results that contain a specific keyword, you can add a minus sign ( – ) before the keyword. For example, if you want to search for "what is the Internet" and you don't want the result to be "Wikipedia", you can search;
What is internet-Wikipedia
04. Search within a specific website
If you want to search for certain content on a particular website, please put " site:" in front of the website or domain name. For example, you can search;
"The ancient city of Polonnaruwa" website: slplaces.com
05. Restricted time period
Using Google Search, you can specify the expected time period for your search results. After running the search, click on "Tools" (below the search bar) and a new menu will appear below. Select/define the appropriate time period from the "Any Time" drop-down menu.
06. Search for file type
If you want to search for a specific file type, use the " filetype:" command to add it to the end of the search. For example, if you want to search for "excel for beginners" and you want to get results with PDF; you can search;
"excel for beginners" file type: PDF
07. Search for related sites
You can search for sites that are similar to your site by placing "related:" in front of your known domain. For example; you can search for a site similar to "tripadvisor.com" as shown below;
08. Translate words and phrases into different languages
You can use Google Search to translate words and phrases into different languages. For example, you can translate the word "wildcard" into Sinhala by searching as follows;
Translate the wildcard into Sinhala
09. Units and currency conversion
You can use Google to search for units and currency conversions. For example; the search term 15USD to LKR will replace 15USD with the Sri Lankan Rupee. To convert 15 feet into meters, use 15 feet to meters.
10. Search in the title
If you place "intitle:" before the search query, Google will present a title page with the title after "intitle:".
If you use "allintitle:", Google will render the page using all subsequent terms.
intitle: WordPress CMS uses the term "WordPress" in the title
to render the page allintitle: WordPress CMS uses the terms "WordPress" and "CMS" to render the page in the title
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