In my last article we looked at some of the common Google search queries including, site:, inurl:, “brackets”, include (+), exclude (-), and the wildcard (*). You can also read my article on using Google operators for SEO.
There are roughly 50 or 60 other operators I know of that can use on various Google pages like News, Groups, Maps, Books etc, but I’m just going to cover the ones that I feel are useful and personally use on a day to day basis.
File type lets you search for particular documents. The most notable would be pdf, doc & docx (2007+ word documents), and xls & xlsx (excel spreadhsheets), but you can search for any file type.
Lastly, and what I find is most useful, is the ability to search for file times on Google image search. I generally want png’s because they are more likely to have transpaent backgrounds, so I always put a filetype:png on my searches. Note: Remember not to include the dot (.) of the filetype, this will not work: filetype:.png.
#..# Two dots between two numbers lets you specify between a certain range. For example: best books 2007..2009.
The tilda (~) followed by glossary enables you to search for a particular keywords glossaries, doctionary meaning, list of terms, terminorlogy etc. For example: farm ~glossary
Using the define search looks for definitions of the particular word or phrase, for example: define:calculator.
I often use Google as my own personal calculator. Here is a list of the operators you can use.
Below is a table of alternative search queries that may come in handy. Note this isn’t a complete list, but after looking through all the listed search queries a lot of them have become necessary because of Google innovations:
That’s all from me. This isn’t a complete list of all the Google search operators, but in all seriousness I don’t think you would ever need to use terms like intitle:keyword and allinanchor:keyword.