Ten Google Hacks: How to Become an “Internet Detective”

Exact search results with quotes

A hack of which everyone has probably heard before, but in a hurry but often falls into oblivion. Let’s say you are looking for a good Chinese restaurant in Berlin’s Friedrichshain district. Of course, you can enter the keywords in the search bar, but bet that somehow even Italian restaurants cheat under the selection?

You can prevent this by putting the most important part of the search in quotation marks, ie: Restaurant Berlin Friedrichshain “Chinese” (do not worry, upper and lower case are irrelevant for the search). Tada – now no result is displayed, in which the keyword “Chinese” does not actually exist.

Exclude keywords from the search

The minus can be a very helpful sign in your online search. This will allow you to narrow your search and tailor it to your needs. Example complacent? You want to get general information about Apple’s MacBook line. If you just type “Apple MacBook” in the Google search bar, you will also see a lot of results about the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

The minus can be a very helpful sign in your online search. This will allow you to narrow your search and tailor it to your needs. Example complacent? You want to get general information about Apple’s MacBook line. If you just type “Apple MacBook” in the Google search bar, you will also see a lot of results about the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

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Sort out old or new search results

Often, the search engine will show you older articles for a search that are ranked high but do not include the latest developments because they are just a few days, weeks, or months old. To avoid this, you can click on “Settings” in the Google search bar to determine the time dimension of the search – for example, only results from the last week, the last month, or a period of time you specify. This will provide you with what appears most relevant to you in terms of time.

Filter trusted sources

It is especially helpful to restrict your search to certain sources that you trust the most or that you prefer to read. Simply enter “site:” and for example the name of the online portal you access regularly. For example, if you liked our leads and wanted to know what we wrote about influencers, you can either use our internal search or enter “site: lead-digital.de influencer” on Google. With this variant, you get an overview of what your favorite publication has published over a long period of time on a particular topic.

Google Image Search works the other way too

Fake ads in the real estate search, a great dress that is already sold out in the online store: The Google image search can be very helpful in the search. If you want to search for other sources, reviews, or additional information, you can easily drag that image into the search bar of Image Search and get similar or even similar results. This will get you fake ads on the loose quickly, can find a similar dress in another shop at the touch of a button or find out the original source of a photo.

Search for specific file types

Sometimes you do not need a blog article or info text on a topic, but specifically looking for guides, instructions or white papers in PDF format. To make this faster and you do not have to comb through deserts, there is the Google trick with the filetype. For that you enter into the search bar filetype: pdf “Your topic” and you will only see these file formats. Incidentally, this also works with all other formats, such as Excel (filetype: xl), Powerpoint (filetype: ppt) or mp3 (filetype: mp3).

With inurl: and allintitle: track tracks

You read an exciting article a few days ago and do not remember what the title was? The website is still known to you? With the Google hack allintitle you can recall everything. The whole thing works like this: With the command allintitle: all terms that you enter must be included in the title.

Let’s say you want to search on the site www.example.com for the title Google and Hack. Then you first enter the command inurl: example.de into your search bar to search for exactly this website. Then you expand your specification to allintitle: That looks like this at the end: “inurl: example.de allintitle: google” hack.

Basic information on the fly

If you do not feel like picking out all the information you need on a particular website, this command will help you: Just enter “info: example.com” in the search bar and you’ll find out everything there is to know about the domain – Example on which social networks it is represented, where the company is located or the most important contact details of the contact persons.

Find everything in social networks

If you want to find a special post from a politician, influencer or news portal, there is a trick: Just put a @twitter, @facebook or @instagram in front of your search term.

For keyword investigators

If you are working professionally with SEO, this hack is a useful help in the keyword jungle. With the help of the placeholder *, Google Suggest (Autocomplete) gives you all relevant questions that are searched for the respective term. For example, if you enter “like * optimize” in the search box, Google Suggest will provide you with specific questions that you will be looking for more frequently. In that case, these are “how to optimize SEO”, “how to optimize keywords” and “how to optimize parental benefit”.

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