Did you know that approximately 99,000 search queries are processed by Google every second, resulting in about 8.5 billion searches daily and roughly 2 trillion global searches annually. Given that the average individual conducts 3 to 4 searches daily, it can be inferred that hundreds of millions of people use Google each day. However, finding those accurate tangible results can be at times challenging.
Here is a list of 20 Google search hacks that can help you get more effective results:
- Exact Phrase: Use quotes to search for an exact phrase. For example, “climate change effects”.
- Exclude Words: Use a minus sign (-) before a word to exclude all results that include that word. For instance, jaguar -car.
- Site-Specific Search: Use “site:” to search within a specific website. Example: site:nytimes.com economy.
- Related Sites: Use “related:” to find sites similar to one you already know. E.g., related:time.com.
- File Type: Search for specific file types with “filetype:”. For example, climate report filetype:pdf.
- Wildcard Search: Use an asterisk (*) as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. E.g., “largest * in the world”.
- Search Within a Range: Use two dots (..) to convey ranges. Example: smartphone $200..$500.
- Definitions: Use “define:” to get the definition of a word. E.g., define:philanthropy.
- Cache: Use “cache:” to view the most recent cached version of a webpage. Example: cache:bbc.com.
- Specific Location News: Use “location:” to find news related to a specific location. Example: election location:Canada.
- Weather: Type “weather” followed by a location to get the current weather. E.g., weather Paris.
- Stock Information: Type the stock symbol to get real-time stock information. Example: AAPL.
- Calculator: Use Google as a calculator by typing in equations. E.g., 15% of 300.
- Time Zones: Type “time in [location]” to see the current time in a specific location. Example: time in Tokyo.
- Flight Status: Type the airline and flight number to get flight status. Example: AA 120.
- Sunrise and Sunset: Type “sunrise” or “sunset” followed by a location to find out times. E.g., sunrise New York.
- Convert Units: Use Google to convert between different units. Example: 10 dollars in euros.
- Search History: Use “my searches” to see your recent search history if you’re logged in.
- Specific Date Range: Under ‘Tools’, you can select a specific date range for more timely results.
- Advanced Search: Utilize Google’s Advanced Search for more detailed searching, accessible at the bottom of the search settings.
These hacks can significantly improve the precision and efficiency of your searches on Google.