What is Google Syntax you say? Here are a few questions that will clear that question right up:
How would you search for an exact word or phrase?
The proper technique to use when attempting to search for an exact word or phrase is called “Verbatim mode”, which is a setting in google’s “search tools” options that allows for the search to turn up webpages that have those exact words and/or order of words on webpages, rather than any words on the webpage.
How to search for something on a specific site you ask?
Easy. Before you type in what you want to search type “site:(website of choice or type of website) and then your query. This will narrow your search results to that specific site or type of site. An example of this would be: “Site:Reuters.com Syrian Civil Conflict”
So you don’t want to pull out the dictionary and are curious, how can I define a term through google search? Easy
Type “define:” and then “term of choice”. An example of this would be “define:tired”
So now you have defined all the words in every language, and you want to know how to find a computer mouse ranging from five dollars to fiften dollars, don’t you worry I have got you covered.
Simply type in the item you are looking for, put a space and then a dollar sign follow by your first price range number, then two dots, follow by another dollar sign and your end price range. This whole process looks like this >> Computer mouse $5..$15. This will focus your query to website with your desired product and pricerange.
Ok, you have mastered the art of page scrolling with your five dollar mouse from amazon.ca and now you want to find a specific file type using google search. Sinch!
Just type in your query, and then follow it with “filetype: ppt, or jpg”. Heres an example: “Cute kitten filetype:jpg”
Well, the search for cute kitten did not turn out so great because you wanted to see kittens but the cute part of your search did not bring up the results you wanted. We can fix that.
For including or emphasizing words in your search that you would like google to focus on, highlight them and play quotations around the important words. Such as: cute “kittens”. To go one step further to get your search result to completely ignore a word in your search, just simple play a subtract sign(-) before the word you would like disincluded. So for example, -cute “kittens”.
Let say that you find a site that you love which houses tons of kitten pictures and want to find related websites just like it, but do not know how to do it without a tedious search of each webpage. Simple!
All you have to do it type “related:” and the link you liked right after. For example: “related: http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/too-cute/photos/absolutely-adorable-kitten-photos.htm.
So you have had enough of kittens, and want to make a new search that will find what you are looking for but also all synonyms that relate to your topic. Gotcha covered.
Place a ~ symbol before your key word and google search will also search for all related synonyms. Amazing eh! Example: Warm winter ~gloves.
Having your warm gloves on, you want to find out what time it is in Sochi, Russia so you can tune it to live winter olmypic events? No problem
All you have to do is type “time: Russia” and poof, you are now not only ahead of the schedule, but awake in the middle of the night!
Last but not least, you have been up all night in a feeding frenzy of olympic coverage and in your heighted sense of glorious awareness you decide that, “yes, I will go to Sochi to watch the Olmypics first hand”, but are at loss of how much it is going to cost you covered from Canada Dollars to Russian Rubles? Maybe even the easiest of all!
Type “Canadian” in “Rubles” and there you have it, your conversion calculator will come up and next thing you know it is off to Sochi Russia!
That concludes today introduction to Google Syntax and Refining Ambiguity!
Until next time.
A human typing on a keyboard in a web browser.