5 Google Search Operators

5 Google Search Operators for Better Results

Here are 5 really helpful Google Search Operators that will modify your search results and help you find more focused and relevant pages on the web for your search queries. Like an old switchboard operators these useful modifiers can be used in the Google Search Engine to help connect you with the most relevant information quickly and without having to trawl through pages and pages of results. There are quite a few other Google Search Operators, but these 5 Google Search Operators should get you started and help you refine your search results, that helps you get to the information you want quicker.

intitle: SEARCH KEYWORDS HERE
If your search query contains “intitle:” Google gives you results containing the terms you specify in the title.

EXAMPLE: Web Help intitle:SEO will give you pages with the words “Web Help” in the web page title, and ALSO mentioning “SEO” anywhere on the page wherever that text is located.

Note: Do not put any space between the “intitle:” and the following word (intitle:SEO).

Using intitle:before all your keyword search terms EXAMPLE: “intitle:web intitle:help intitle:seo” is the same as allintitle: web help seo.

Where can you use this search operator?
Web Search – YES
Image Search – YES
Groups – YES
Directory – YES
News – YES
Product Search – NO

allintitle: SEARCH KEYWORDS HERE
If your search query starts with “allintitle:” Google gives you results containing all the query terms you specify in the search keywords.

EXAMPLE: “allintitle: search engine optimisation” will return only pages containing the words “search”, “engine” and “optimisation” in the title of the web page.

Where can you use this search operator?
Web Search – YES
Image Search – YES
Groups – YES
Directory – YES
News – YES
Product Search – YES

inurl: SEARCH KEYWORDS HERE
If your search query starts with “inurl:” Google only gives you results containing the words after it in the URL.

EXAMPLE: “inurl:”search engine optimisation”” will return only pages containing the words “search”, “engine” and “optimisation” in the URL of the web page. If you have more than ONE keyword in your search use “quotes” around the phrase. Otherwise Google will only use the first word in the search term.

inurl:”search engine optimisation” NOT inurl:search engine optimisation

Using inurl:before all your keyword search terms EXAMPLE: “inurl:search inurl:engine inurl:optimisation” is the same as allinurl: search engine optimisation.

Where can you use this search operator?
Web Search – YES
Image Search – YES
Groups – NO
Directory – YES
News – YES
Product Search – NO

allinurl: SEARCH KEYWORDS HERE
If your search query starts with “allinurl:” Google only gives you results containing the words after it in the URL.

EXAMPLE: “allinurl: search engine optimisation” will return only pages containing the words “search engine optimisation” in the URL of the web page.

Putting just inurl: in front of every word in your query is equivalent to putting allinurl: at the front of your query, e.g., inurl:search inurl:engine inurl:optimisation is the same as allinurl: search engine optimisation.

Where can you use this search operator?
Web Search – YES
Image Search – YES
Groups – NO
Directory – YES
News – YES
Product Search – NO

link:PAGE URL HERE
If your search query starts with “link:” the results show pages that point to the URL you specify after “Link:”.

EXAMPLE: “link:mistermetric.com” will show all pages that point to our homepage.

Google state though that “you cannot combine a “link:” search with a regular keyword search.”

You can also use other operators to find links that exclude specific sites.

link:www.google.com -site:google.com will find links to Google.com that are not on Google.com domain.

Where can you use this search operator?
Where can you use this search operator?
Web Search – YES
Image Search – NO
Groups – NO
Directory – NO
News – NO
Product Search – NO

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