Wednesday, 22 May 2013

20 Google Tools That Will Blow Your Mind

Do you have searched anything in Google yet? YES! We all did it. Let me tell you very frankly, I am a die hard fan of Google's search engine. What if I tell you that I have something that will make your search experience much easier. It is Google tools.
There are many pages about Google tools on the web. But no one seems to satisfy my need and that's why I have decided to compile this list. This post is something I called monster list, and it took me over 1 week to write. Here is a list of some common and useful Google tools which I think you will find helpful.


1. Google's Site: Operator


Site: operator tells Google to show all the results indexed for the given url. E.g. site:blogiesta.com will show all the results crawled by Google for blogiesta.com. And you can always use combinations with the site: operator to enhance your experience.

2. Google's Inurl: Operator

 

Inurl: operator tells Google to show all the results in which url contains the given text. It works awesome with the site: operator. E.g. site:blogiesta.com inurl:domain will show all the results crawled by Google for blogiesta.com in which url contains the text “domain”.

3. Google's Intitle: Operator


Intitle: operator tells Google to show all the results containing the given text in the <TITLE></TITLE> tag. E.g. intitle:money will show all the results crawled by Google in which the <TITLE></TITLE> tag contains the text “money”.

4. Google's Filetype: Operator


Now imagine a situation when you want a compact pdf file but you see a bunch of html documents in Google search results. Irritating huh! Well you can use filetype: operator to smile. What it does is tell Google that you need only a certain document. E.g. filetype:doc blog will show all the results crawled by Google related to the term “blog” in doc format.

5. Google's Cache: Operator


The cache: operator can be used to see the Google's cached version of the web page for any given url. This cached version may differ from the actual page. E.g. cache:www.blogiesta.com will show the Google's cached version of Blogiesta. Check it out for a real experience.

6. Google's Define: Operator


This is something that I use most, mostly daily. If you add define: operator in your query, it will show the most precise definition of your query. It can be used as educational purposes and can eliminate those bulky and time consuming traditional dictionary. E.g. define:miscellaneous will define the word “miscellaneous”.

7. Google's Info: Operator


Like its name, If you add info: operator with any url, it will show you some information about the given url. In some point it can come handy, but in my opinion it is not that helpful. E.g. info:dailyblogtips.com will give some info about that website in the results.

8. Google's Link: Operator


Ever wondered who & how many bloggers have backlinked you in their content. I have a solution for you. It is as simple as searching on Google.
Just use the link: operator before the given url and it will show all the pages that have pointed to this url. E.g. link:www.blogiesta.com will show all the results crawled by Google that have linked to www.blogiesta.com somewhere in their content.

9. Google's Related: Operator


If you start your query with related: operator, then Google's search result will show all the results crawled by Google that has content related to the given url. E.g. related:www.problogger.net will show all the results crawled by Google that has something relevant to problogger.net i.e. blogging.

10. Google's Custom Search


Ever got frustrated, when you can't see any search box in your favorite website. Don't worry, make your own custom search on Google. Sounds tricky huh? Soon you gonna prove yourself wrong.
Just you have to use the site: operator followed by your query. E.g. site:www.blogiesta.com wordpress will show all the results crawled by Google for blogiesta.com related to the term “wordpress”.


11. Google's Quote Operator


You can search any query with quote operator on Google. What it will do is show you all the results containing your exact text somewhere in the page. E.g. “good domain name” will show all the results crawled by Google exactly containing the text “good domain name” some where in the page.


12. Google's OR Operator


It is a operator which I think can really prove itself a useful tool. Using OR operator between any two queries in Google search will show the pages in which both the queries or either two of them appears somewhere in the content. Google will eliminate the pages in which neither of them are present. E.g. automatic OR manual will show all the results crawled by Google in which both the words or either two of them appears somewhere in the content of that page.



13. Google's Dash [-] Operator



You can search your query with dash [-] operator on Google. What it will do is tell Google to search for any term except the given term. E.g. -blogging will show all the results crawled by Google in which the term “blogging” does not appear.


14. Google's Tilde [~] Operator


Using tilde [~] operator before your query will not only search for your query but also search for the synonyms of your query. E.g. ~worthy tips will show all the results crawled by Google related to the word “worthy tips”, “admirable tips”, “valuable tips”, etc.

15. Google's Asterisk [*] Operator


You can also search your query with asterisk [*] operator on Google. What it will do is leave a blank space in the text allowing Google to fill it. E.g. top * famous personalities will show all the results crawled by Google related to the text “top * famous personalities” some where in the page where * can be replaced by literally anything.


16. Google's Range [..] Operator


The range [..] operator is simply used to include a range in your query, i.e. some numerals or price. E.g. canon camera $100..$400 will show all the available Canon cameras in the given price range.

17. Google's In Operator


The in operator is used to restrict the search results for your query using different operators. Restriction is different for different  operators. Like-
  • inanchor: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing the query in the anchor text.
  • inurl: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing the query in the url of the page.
  • intext: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing the query anywhere in the text.
  • intitle: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing the query in the title of the page.

18. Google's Allin Operator


The allin operator is used to restrict the search results for your all queries using different operators. Restriction is different for different  operators. Like-
  • allinanchor: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing all your queries in the anchor text.
  • allinurl: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing all your queries in the url of the page.
  • allintext: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing all your queries anywhere in the text.
  • allintitle: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing all your queries in the title of the page.

19. Tips and Tricks


Ok, lots of operators now. I will give you some real life Google search tips and tricks that will really blow your mind and simplify your search experience forever.

  • Want to know about the cast of any movie? Just search the name of the movie followed by the word “cast”. A nice bar will appear just below the search box. All casts are arranged in a row, which look uber cool. E.g. National Treasure cast will show you all the cast of the movie.
  • Want to know about the weather of any place in the world? Just search weather followed by the name of the place. E.g. weather Boston will show you the current weather and forecast of the Boston city, MA, USA.
  • Want to know about the current time of any place in the world? Just search time followed by the name of the place. E.g. time Boston will show you the current time of the Boston city, MA, USA.
  • With Google, nearly any task is possible with few words of typing. You can instantly convert any unit to any unit with a mere search. Just type 1st unit in 2nd unit. E.g. meter in yard will show a tiny little box in which you can convert any unit to almost any unit.
  • Party is not over... You can also convert currency with Google search. Just type 1st currency in 2nd currency. E.g. INR in USD will convert your amount from Indian Rupees to US dollar.
  • Is any surprise left? YES! Google has also online calculator. Just search the word “calculator” and you are done. It will show a scientific calculator which will come handy in case you don't have any calculator with you.

20. Google's Search


Most important Google operator is still to come. It is simply the Google search. Yeah! I am not joking. I think it is the most used operator in the Google searches. It is your query, YES! Billions of queries are made daily on Google accessing the contents of billions of pages with the query operator only. When you type your query on Google search box it simply tell Google to show all the results related to that keyword.

Do you really think Google got only these operators? There are tons of it, you just need to be updated about new Google trends. Just use the Google Search wisely and you will get your required information you need. Hope that this article have helped you a lot. Any further question or feedback are most welcomed. If I have forgotten anything then kindly suggest me in the comment section below.

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