How to Search Google Efficiently

Search Google EfficientlyOver the past decade, many companies have become household names. Many have even left a sizable impression on modern culture as a whole; see Coke, McDonald’s, Nike. Few companies, however, achieve the status of becoming a verb.

For many, Google is a way of life. It’s become THE portal for the world’s information. You don’t Bing something, or Yahoo something (though with a certain amount of creativity…), you only can Google something. Here’s a few tips, in a new series of Google tips, for understanding how to search Google efficiently :

Search Google Efficiently: filtype

Say for example you’re looking for a template, but Microsoft Word/Excel/PPT doesn’t quite have what you’re looking for. Google it

“budget template” filetype:xls

This will search for the exact phrase “budget template”, and only return items that are of the .xls format. XLS=Excel Spreadsheet

Perhaps you’re in school, and want to find an essay to compare notes with¬†while struggling to finish a term paper. Google it

inflation and micronesia filetype:doc

Google will return Word Documents it knows of that have BOTH the keywords inflation and micronesia.

Search Google Efficiently: Specific URL

Not too long ago, I was reminded by something of an article I saw on Lifehacker. Though, I couldn’t remember the article’s title. I knew a few keywords that were associated with it and the Lifehacker domain it was on. I journeyed to Google.

“rear deltoid workout” site:lifehacker.com

Search Google Efficiently: Related URLs

This can be exceptionally valuable for those of us concerned with SEO. This can often give you a good understanding of how Google sees your site. You can then adjust accordingly depending on your goal.

related:wegotworms.org

 Using the rPhoneBook operator within Google

This can be especially useful when looking for a specific person, or even networking while on the job hunt. Google wil return it’s index of people with that name and location.

rphonebook:erik schneider los angeles

rphonebook:harry dunn rhode island

Stay tuned for more tips and tricks in Google…