If you know what you want to search for but are not sure how best to do it, Google search operators are the way to go. With simple commands, a basic search can save you a lot of time and help you find the information you need. When you approach your search with the right knowledge (right operators), you can get the most out of it. That is why we decided to collect the most useful search commands in one place and provide you with some examples of their use.
Types of Search Operators
There are many different Google search operators that are aimed at narrowing your search and helping you find the target data. Here are some of the most popular commands that you can use.
- cache: It allows you to see the current page cache.
cache:seoquake.com/blog/ shows the cached version of the company blog.
- site: It allows you to find the information you need on the specified site.
site: seoquake.com bonuses displays all seoquake.com pages that contain the word “bonuses.”
- “”: It searches for pages that contain the phrase specified in quotes.
“Checking site positions with 100% accuracy” shows pages that contain all these words in the specified order.
- OR: It searches for pages that contain at least one of several words.
Google OR Yahoo OR Bing shows pages that contain at least one of the queries — Google, Yahoo, Bing.
- – : It excludes unwanted words after the minus sign from the search query.
The command clustering — manual displays pages that contain the word “clustering” but do not contain “manual.”
- *: It finds pages with a query that contains an unknown word.
analysis * SEO / PPC shows pages with “analysis” and “SEO / PPC” queries that have one or more words in between.
- ..: It displays pages containing numbers in the specified range. The minimum and maximum values are separated by two dots.
SEO blog 2010..2020 shows pages that contain queries “SEO,” “blog” and numbers between “2010” and “2020.”
- intitle: It displays pages that contain the specified word in the title. The word following the search operator will appear in the title, while the rest of the words will appear anywhere in the text.
intitle: 2020 position check shows pages containing “2018” in the title, and “check” and “positions” in the text of the page.
- allintitle: It finds pages that contain all the specified words in the title.
allintitle: snippet validation shows pages that contain the words validation and snippets in the title.
- inurl: It displays pages containing the specified word in the URL. The word after the search operator will be in the URL itself, while the rest of the words will be in any part of the text.
inurl: 2020 SEO platform shows pages containing “2020” in the URL, and “SEO” and “platform” in the text of the page.
Google search operators make it easier and faster to find information. In addition, they can be used to compose a semantic core, check external links, and analyze competitors’ web projects. Another important point is to optimize your ads by cutting off non-targeted clicks and empty impressions. When in the right hands, this is a powerful and free tool with great functionality. The main thing is to choose the optimal commands for yourself and to use them in suitable cases.