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10 Quick Tips for a Better Google Search

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There’s no debating the popularity of Google, and there’s definitely no debating the usefulness of it either.  But are we using it to its full potential?

Probably not.

It’s time to get more out of your Google search.  Here are 10 quick tips to help you become the professional Googler you’ve always dreamed of.

  1. Place an asterisk as a placeholder for unknown search terms. (Michael * Thriller)
  1. Put two periods between a range of numbers. (American Idol winner 2012..2015)
  1. Use “site:” to search within a specific domain. (Macbook site:apple.com)
  1. Use “OR” to Google separate words in the same search. (cats OR feline OR meow)
  1. Use quotation marks to search exact phrases instead of separate words. (“the cat’s pajamas”)
  1. Enter “movies” and a zip code to get movie times and film showings.
  1. Use a hyphen before words to exclude them from your search results. (trees -leaves)
  1. It’s better to start simple, and then gradually add search terms.
  1. Enter tracking information directly into Google to track your UPS, USPS or FedEx package.
  2. Enter “city name attractions” for a list of things to do and points of interest. (Atlanta attractions)