How To Use Advanced Google Search Commands

Find information about a certain page in Google’s index. The command usually displays the given URL in the search results (with title and description) and gives you the option of choosing from another set of commands: cache, related, link, site and the URL in commas. Display the cached version of the given URL (Google’s copy of an indexed page).

List Similar Pages of the One Given.

List pages which link to the specified webpage. For some reason Google doesn’t list all of them. If you are looking for this functionality, it’s better to use Yahoo Site Explorer. Search only within a site. For example, the command website promotion will search for pages containing the keywords website and promotion in my site. If no keyword is given, this command will simply list all pages indexed by Google of the site. And if the user doesn’t include the

Finding Blogs in Your Niche

I have found that these particular commands are good at finding websites in your niche.

Search for Pages that have all the Keywords in their Title.

Advanced Search

Search for the given words in the body of a page, excluding the title tag. A weird command line if you’ll ask me. Why would anyone want to do that? Granted some people tend to stuff keywords in the title tag and with this command you can avoid their pages but still.

Keyword 1 Or Keyword 2

When conducting a search, Google will look for pages containing all the keywords you told him to look for. With the OR operators (written with capitals) you will instruct Google to include pages containing one or the other keyword. Searching best movies 2010 OR 2011 for example will list pages containing the best movies in either 2010 or 2011. Pretty simple right? I’ll admit that when I first found out about this command, I didn’t give it much thought. But it can actually be pretty helpful. Especially when investigating your keywords. Just think about it! How many synonyms are there for a term? Plus, with a quick look at Google AdWords and Google’s Wonder Wheel you’ll see that people use all kinds of terms to search for the same thing. Let’s say you were looking for a web directory and you search for submit site. The word submit can be replaced with add and the word site can be replaced with either url or link and the key phrase would have the same meaning. You could conduct different searches for each combination or you could just search for something like submit OR add site OR url OR link and get only one relevant set of results which includes all possible keywords. This will also help you see which keywords are more efficient then their synonyms.

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