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What is Google Search Operators

Today lets dive into Google search operators and the full list of them.

Google Search Operators are the special commands or characters which allow you to make a more specific search by adding some extra words or symbols.

Basically, they are the shortcuts of getting a specific and accurate result.

When you use these search operators then you are telling to Google to find results in a more specific way.

So instead of getting pages of unrelated results, you get only those relevant results what you are looking for.

There are tons of search operators only you have to use them in the right way.

How do I use Google Search Commands?

As you search for any queries in the Google search box, similar you have to enter search operators in Google search box. This will give you the exact match you are looking for.

We have a full list of search operators which will help you with different functions.

Here is an example of a search query which could look like by adding a search operator in it:

Here in that example, Google will show you the results that include the exact phrase of “digital marketing”, including space. Clearly, this gives you control over the result that Google will show you.

Most of the search commands are easy to remember. They are very short so that they stick in our mind. But knowing the search operators and using the search operators is two different things. Because most of the Search Engine Optimizer’s knows the basics of search characters, but only a few of them has mastered it. So we should not know only the basics of search operators. We must know also how to use them efficiently.

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Different types of Google Search Operators: Full List

Did you know that Google has very killing useful operators?

That’s why most of the operator is outdated in Google search operator list.

But for this post, I personally used every search operators. Here I’ll share the full important list of search operators with you.

Below we’ve listed some important Google search operators basic to advance to make your searching power even more powerful.

Google Search Operators full list

  1. “Search term”

Put any phrase in quotes means to force Google to use exact match or we can say that it excludes synonyms when searching for single words.

For example-: “Social media”

Here in this example, Google will find the exact match of social media keyword.

  1. OR

Search for A or B. This will return the result related to A or B or both. We can also use the pipe operator (|) in place of “OR” to search in Google.

For example-

  1. AND

Search for A and B. this will give you the result related to both A and B. As Google defaults to “AND” anyway so it doesn’t make so much different in regular searches. But it is a very powerful command when paired with some other Google search operators.

For example- job AND business

This minus sign will help you to exclude those words which you don’t want to appear in your search results.

For example- jobs -telecalling

Here in this example any pages returned will be related to jobs but not voice process (the company).

  1. +

This plus sign will help you to add that words which you want to appear in your search results. This Search operator has been discontinued by Google, but you get the same output with double quotes search command.

For example- video marketing +SEO

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Here in this example, any pages returned will be related to video marketing as well as SEO also.

  1. *

This Asterisk sign is known as the wild card operator. If you want to get more matches in your result then you have to place this asterisk sign in a phrase, it will give you the variation of the phrase. It is like filling between 2 words.

if you want to talk about the milk and curd then you have to put “*” in that phrase.

For example- Milk * curd

  1. ( )

This parentheses sign will help you to group the multiple terms to control how the search is executed in Google.

For example- (Note 8 or s8+) Samsung

  1. $

You can search for prices with the dollar sign ($). Here you can combine the ($) and (.) for exact prizes.

For example- $18.88

You can search for prices with the euro sign (€). Some of the currency signs don’t seem to be honoured by Google.

For example- €18.88

  1. intitle:

This Google search operator will help you to find the title of the page for a word or phrase which is used in the title.

For example- intitle:SEO

In this example, any result containing the word SEO in the title tag will be returned.

  1. allintitle:

This is similar to “Intitle,” but it finds every individual term which is specified in the title tag.

For example- allintitle:Samsung note8

  1. inurl:

This Google search operator will help you to find the pages with certain words in the URL.

For example-  inurl:SEO

In this example, any result containing the word “SEO” in the URL will be returned.

  1. allinurl:

This is similar to “inurl,” but it finds every individual term which is specified in the URL.

For example- allinurl:Samsung note8

  1. intext:

This Google search operator finds the pages with a certain word (or words) somewhere in the content.

For example- intext:SEO

In this example, any result containing the word “SEO” in the page content will be returned.

  1. allintext:

This is similar to “intext,” but it finds every individual term which is specified somewhere in the page content.

For example- allintext:Samsung note8

  1. inanchor:

This search operator will help you to identify the pages with an inbound link that contain the anchor text specified.

For example- inanchor:Samsung

In this example, any result with inbound links containing “Samsung” in the anchor text will be returned.

  1. allinanchor:

This similar to “inanchor,” but it finds the results containing all the specified word in the inbound anchor text will be returned.

For example- allinanchor:Samsung note8

  1. cache:

This Google Search operator will help you to return the most recent cached version of a webpage. This is useful for identifying the page which was last crawled.

For example- cache:www.akdigihub.com

  1. filetype:

If you want to find images that fall under your specific file type like jpeg, png, gif etc. Then this search operator will help you to find such type of specific files in Google.

Note: you can also use ‘ext’ operator instead of ‘filetype’ – results will be identical.

For example- samsung filetype:png / samsung ext:pdf

  1. site:

If you want to search for more specific results that are created to a single website then this search operator will help you bring those results up. for example, if you wanted to search your favourite Digital marketing website for the article “social media marketing” then this will give you the specific result of that article.

For example- site:akdigihub.com social media marketing

  1. related:

If you want to search for the websites that have similar content in Google, then this search operator will help you to find such kind of websites.

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For example- related:neilpatel.com

  1. info:

This search operator will help you to identify the information on that website which you are searching for, Such as recent cache, similar pages etc. But from 2017 the info command has been depreciated.

For example- info:samsung.com

  1. AROUND(X):

If you want to narrow the focus of your result in Google, then this search operator will help you to find that results. This helps to find content with words which are ‘X’ number close to each other.

For example- redmi AROUND(4) samsung

So if you search the above term, then you will get contents where ‘Redmi’ and ‘Samsung’ words are 4 or less words far. (Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro)

  1. weather:

If you want to find the weather of a specific location then this search operator will help to find the results. This will display the weather in weather snippet. It returns the result from the other “weather” website also.

For example- weather:Bangalore

  1. map:

If you want to search the location of a specific place then this search operator will help you to find that results. Google will find the specific location which you are searching for.

For example- map:Nandi Hills

  1. movie:

If you want to search for the specific movie then this Google search operator will help you to find the detail of that specific movie if the movie is currently showing near you.

For example- movie:3 idiots

  1. in:

This search operator is used to convert the one unit into another. It converts the no. of units like currency, temperature, and weights etc.

For example- $259 in Rs

  1. source:

This search operator is used to find the new results from a certain source in Google News.

For example- Samsung source:the_verge

  1. blogurl:

This Google search operator is used to find the blog URLs under a specific domain. Before it was used in Google blog search, but now I’ve found that it also returns the result in regular search. Google blog search has been stopped from 2011 onwards.

For example- blogurl:neilpateldigital.com

  1. phonebook:

This search operator is used to find someone’s phone number.

This operator has been dropped by Google from 2010 onwards

For example- phonebook:Bill gate

  1. #

This search operator is used to searches #hashtags. First introduced for Google+ and now it has been deprecated.

For example- #digitalmarketing

Conclusion:

Congratulations! Now you have got to know the full list of Google search operators.

Google search operators are insanely powerful. But you just have to know how you can use them.

Google’s power is awesome for SEO purposes. Google search operators don’t look like that they are a big deal but they can take your SEO skills from 0 to 60 in no time.

These all are the Google searches operators that you need to consider when you come in Google Searches. If you feel that I’ve missed something, then please leave a comment in below section. I will update it soon.

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