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In our previous guide, we showed you the most common known search methods advanced people use daily.
But we failed to mention a few other tips & tricks we’ve found. (Well they are all listed below)
Without going into this again, Google have decided to bow down to the entertainement industry’s demands.
And are now going to start to filter out certain search results that you may/may not search for.
If they are not completely filtered out, they are going to be pushed way down the page.
Which pushes up all the NONE Legal alternatives the industry would like to force you to use.
So Since there’s so many DMCA removal requests of late, and the PIPCU stealing people’s domain names.
Maybe you would like to step back into time, to see what their website was all about before it was stolen?
Well below are some tips or tricks, to help you use google more efficiently.
Use Google to Search Certain Sites
If you really like a web site but its search tool isn’t very good, fret not—Google almost always does a better job, and you can use it to search that site with a simple operator. For example, if you want to find an old article, just type
site:nameofthewebsite.com before your search terms (e.g.
site:nameofthesite.com john oliver). The same goes for your favorite forums, blogs, and even web services. In fact, it’s actually really good for finding free audiobooks, searching for free stuff without the spam, and more
Find Product Names, Recipes, and More with Reverse Image Search
Google’s reverse image search is great if you’re looking for the source of a photo, wallpaper, or more images like that. However, reverse image search is also great for searching out information—like finding out who makes the chair in this picture, or how do I make the meal in this photo. Just punch in an image like you normally would, but look at Google’s regular results instead of the image results—you’ll probably find a lot.
Find Free Downloads of Any Type
Ever needed an old Android app but couldn’t find the APK for what you were looking for? Or wanted an MP3 but couldn’t find the right version? Google has a few search tools that, when used together, can unlock a plethora of downloads:
filetype. For example, to find free Android APKs, you’d search for
-inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:"index of" apk to see site indexes of stored APK files. You can use this to find Android apps, music files, free ebooks, comic books, and more.
Access Google Cache Directly from the Search Bar
We all know Google Cache can be a great tool, but there’s no need to search for the page and then hunt for that “Cached” link: just type
cache: before that site’s URL (e.g.
cache:http://nameofthewebsite.com). If Google has the site in its cache, it’ll pull it right up for you. If you want to simplify the process even more, this bookmarklet is handy to have around. It’s great for seeing an old version of a page, accessing a site when it’s down, or getting past something like the SOPA blackout.
Bypass Paywalls, Blocked Sites, and More with a Google Proxy
You may already know that you can sometimes bypass paywalls, get around blocked sites, and download files by funneling a site through Google Translate or Google Mobilizer. That’s a clever search trick in and of itself, but just like Google Cache, you can make the process a lot faster by keeping a few URLs on hand. Just add the URL you want to visit to the end of the Google URL (e.g.
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://example.com/ and you’re good to go.
Search for People on Google Images
Some people’s names are also real-world objects—like “Rose” or “Paris.” If you’re looking for a person and not a flower, just search for rose and add to
&imgtype=facethe end of your search URL, as shown above. Google will redo the search but return results that it recognizes as faces!
Refine Your Search Terms with Advanced Operators
Okay, so this isn’t so much a “clever use” than it is a tool everyone should have in their pocket. For everything Google can do, so few of us actually use the tools at our disposal. You probably already know you can search multiple terms with AND or OR, but have you ever used AROUND?
AROUND is a halfway point between regular search terms (like
white teeth) and using quotes (like
"white teeth"). AROUND(2), for example, ensures that the two words are close to each other, but not necessarily in a specific order. You can tweak the range with a higher or lower number in the parentheses.
Similarly, if you want to exclude a word entirely, you can add a dash before it—like
justin bieber -sucks if you want sites that only speak of Justin Bieber in a positive light. You can also use this to exclude other parameters—like excluding a site you don’t like (
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Google has many hidden features buit into it’s search engine. We hope you now understand how to make the most of google.
There’s going to be more content posted on this over the weeks, to get people to see how to bypass these new industry filters etc.