Tech Tip #4

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Google Power Searcher part 1

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Did you know you could simplify your Google searches for optimum results? These are called operators and they can help you filter out unnecessary webpages, images, and more! Check out below the different Google operators.

This is part 1 of 4 installments to being a Google power searcher.

basic google operators

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2 more

Try info: to get information about a web address, including the cached version of the page, similar pages, and pages that link to the site.


Use cache: to see what a page looks like the last time Google visited the site.

Search using symbols

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search top level domains (TLD)

This one is especially important in your class to narrow down your search results and ensure you do not yield any unwanted results. Additionally, considering the number of registered pages, it is best to filter down as much as possible.

The numbers below are staggering!!

  • A .com site (commercial) yields 4,860,000,000 registered sites.
  • A .org (noncommercial) domain results in 1,950,000,000.
  • An .edu site (US accredited postsecondary institutions) totals 1,550,000,000 registered.
  • The .gov (United States Government) indexed 1,060,000,000.
  • The .net (network services) registered sites are at 206,000,000.
  • The .mil (United States Military) have 28,400,000 (SEO by the Sea, 2006, link).

Because of this, adding search filters to the top level sites will ease looking for what you need. I want to search for sea turtles information for a research project and only want reputable addresses. I will type sea Adding the colon (:) and .edu (or other domain) will filter web pages to those of educational value.

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If you would like more information, more operators, or symbols you can use click on the links below to guide you to even more fun Google Power Search information.
How to narrow down a search using punctuation, symbols and operators
If you would like a demonstration, give me a call!