Sunday, February 1, 2009


If you’re doing a search that returns too many results, the best way to specify
results is to learn how to perform power search using all the built in tools
right in the Google’s simplest layout. For example, you can limit the search
results to a specific language (instead of changing the options in the
Preferences dialog box, as explained in Perform a Basic Google Search, which
affects all searches.You can limit just the current search to a specific language), specify words you do not want returned in the search results, and so on. This post will cover some
of the ways you can use to perform a power Google search, and get maximum
specific search results out of it.

1. If you're on Google's homepage, click on "I'm feeling lucky" if you're searching for the site of
a company or the official site of a product. "I'm feeling lucky" sends you to the first search result
(of all the google searchs obtained when u click search button) and saves you one click.
Example: Test here google and in search box type cricket and then click "iamfellinglucky" will get the first search result of all the google searches for keyword 'cricket'.
use this for [bmw], [France Telecom], but not for general terms like [used cars],
[mobile phones history] because for these queries you'll want to visit more than one page.

2. Google shows direct answers for simple questions above the search results. When you try to
find a simple fact, enter you query this way: "indian population",and not as a complicated
question like "How many people are in india?" because you might confuse Google.

3.If Google doesn't show an answer, try to imagine a page that answers yourquestion. How would the answer sound like for a question like: "What is the fastest animal on land?". Of course, the page might contain this sentence: "[someanimal] is the fastest animal on land".
Build your query this way:
* surround it by quotes, to obtain only results that contain that phrase
* instead of the answer, use a star for each word of the expected answer
For example, "* is the fastest animal on land".

4. If you search for a file, you could:* add filetype:[extension] for Office documents, text files, PDFs (for example:divine comedy filetype:pdf)
* use inurl: operator if you actually know the name of the file (for example:inurl:divina-comedia.pdf)
* exploit the standard format of Apache directory listings by adding intitle:"index of" parent
directory to your query (for example: bigfix.exe intitle:"index of" parent directory).

5. You won't find information about a breaking news in Google search, so it's a good idea to try
Google News and Blog Search. If the event is really important, Google will show results from
Google News at the top of the page, in a OneBox.

6. Very few people use this option, even though it's really useful. If you found a good page, and
you want to see related pages, click on the "Similar pages" next to the 'cache' of search result.
Google will show 30 high-quality sites on the same topic.It's a good way to discover interesting sites.

7. If you found a site using Google search, but you don't remember too much about it, try
Google Search History. You can browse all your search queries and the pages visited from
Google, bookmark interesting sites and more.

8. Google doesn't give you a feed for search results, but Web Alerts sends you time-to -time
email updates with the latest relevant Google results for a query.

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