We all know how to search on google, obviously (except of course, you live on the moon).
You type in your search terms and hit the enter button with your mouse (or thumb as the case may be) and BOOM! In less than 1 second, you see billions of search results for your query.
Now while it’s pretty much as straight forward as that, what most of you don’t know is how to search on Google like the typical tech geek you call yourself.
So I’ll first be giving you the preliminaries – the methods of searching Google that’s the most blatantly obvious but yet, you probably never saw or used.
How to search on Google (for rookies & “Otondos”).
Welcome to Kindergarten all over again, folks. Start taking notes. Because these DIYs below highlight how to search on Google for specific formats. i.e – you search for “iPhone X” and you wanted pictures rather than articles.
How to search for just images, news, videos, or everything on Google.
Image: Like I mentioned just above, this is so obvious but many people don’t even notice the menu option just below the search bar that reads “Images”.
So if all you’re looking for are images, simply input your search keyword and hit the images tab.
And BTW, the images tab is sub divided into several more specific children like gifs, HD images, clip arts etc.
News: You’ll agree with me that all news sites are blogs, but not all blogs are news sites. Take for instance CNN is a blog and a news site, while TMZ wouldn’t be categorized as a news site but as just a blog in the entertainment niche.
Hence, if all you wanted was the latest news about say, “Mark Essien“, simply type his name in the search bar and hit “News”. Serious news guys like Punch, Forbes, Guardian and the likes will surface.
Videos: If all you wanted were videos of say, the rumoured Galaxy S9, hitting the videos option will show you only videos for that search term.
All: If you weren’t into something of a specific format of results and you just wanted it all, a typical Google Search in its default settings will simply pull this out for you.
How to search on Google (for tech geeks).
Now down to the fun part, congratulations, you’ve just been promoted! Here we go:
#1. Use quotes to search for specific phrases.
As we all know (sorry, I mean we who do SEO optimization 😉) google likes to treat keywords in search queries as individual keywords when pulling out results.
So if you would rather Google give it to you straight and you want to search for say, “The salary of the CEO of Apple“, encasing your search term in quotes just as I have done above will make Google know that you want only results with the same exact phrase match in quotes.
#2. Prevent certain keywords from showing up in your search.
E.g – you want to search for the word “Apple”, but you want Google to know that you’re referring to “Apple” the company, not “Apple” the fruit, simply type a minus symbol in front of the word you don’t want to see, along with your search term. That way you don’t see any result for the Apple fruit.
i.e – Apple -fruit
#3. Search only within a particular website on Google.
Let’s say you’re looking for a post about Matattu, the new startup that is an Uber clone for Keke napeps in Nigeria, and you remembered seeing the post on RicheeTech, type “Matattu site: richeetech.com.ng” or “site: www.richeetech.com.ng matattu” and that specific post in that specific site will come up.
Alternatively, if paraventure you are a blogger and you wanted to know just how much of your pages Google has indexed, just omit the keyword from before “site” and leave as e.g – “site: Richeetech.com.ng.”
#4. How to search on Google for the meaning of words.
Use the word “Define” followed by your search term. i.e – Define Tech.
#5. Search Google with a number range.
Let’s assume you want to purchase a UK used phone and all you need are prices that are between the range of N20k minimum to N40k maximum. This will do the trick:
E.g – “UK used phones N20,000…N40,000”
#6. Find similar websites.
To find similar or related websites on Google, type in “related:techcrunch.com” for instance (without space or it won’t work.)
That’s it folks. I hope you’ve learned a great deal. Meanwhile, which ones have you tried out on Google Search? Which do you love the most? Tell us in the comments’ box below.