search smarter: 30+ google search tricks you might not already know

googling is by far the most common way people try to find information online. but one thing people don't make enough use of is google's search functions. with these search functions or operators, you can quickly eliminate irrelevant search results and get just what you're looking for.

Want to see how powerful this can be? Here's a cheat sheet infographic that can help.

The graphic BELOW lists both the most useful search functions and examples of what they do. The most important ones, I think, are the quotes function to search the exact phrase, the minus sing to remove a search term from results, and the site: function to search within a specific site. But you'll likely find others handy for your searching needs.

In a fraction of a second, Google gives you links to hundreds of millions of webpages. But if you've ever clicked through to the second or third page of search results, you know that basic Google searches will only get you so far. You need advanced Google search skills to find exactly what you're looking for.

Thankfully, Google provides built-in tools to narrow down your search and get those answers in no time at all. Here are all the tips and tricks you need to improve your Google-fu.

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