The Skinny on Advance Google Search

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Did you know there are all sorts of search tools to help you return more specific Google search results? We often get so used to relying on Google’s basic search to find information that we forget Google has implemented a wide range of advance search options. These advance search options help us easily find exactly what we need when we need it. Check out the following ways to better refine search results using Google’s Advance Search page.

  • (“”) Phrase Search – Search for an exact phrase.  Example: “library card”
  • (+) Overlay Search – Includes search results with the exact word. Example: superman movie +reeve
  • (-) Negative Search – Excludes the word from a search.  Example: green -environmental
  • (~) Synonym Search – Finds words related to that word. Example:  ~ape, or ~ape -gorilla
  • (OR) Option Search – Search one of the two things. Example: “2014 Olympics,” OR “2014 World Cup”
  • (..) Number Range – Searches for something in a number range. Example: Camera $50..$100
  • (*) wildcard search. Example: “Three * Mice” Three * Mice -blind” (** for two words)
  • (site:) Searches a specific domain. Example:
  • (link:) Searches within hyperlinks for a search term
  • (intitle:) Searches for a term in the title of a document
  • (inurl:) Searches for a term within a URL. Example: inurl:damonmcneil
  • (inanchor:) Searches within anchor text.
  • (related:) Finds things that are related. Example:
  • (cache:) Shows the cached version of a website from when it was cached on your computer. Example:
  • (define:) Defines a term.
  • (phonebook:) Find info about a phone number. Example: phonebook:555-555-5555
  • (filetype:) Search for a specific file type. Example: recipes filetype:ppt

Keep in mind that not only do these advanced search options help you with your search, but they can also help you with your internet marketing strategy. For more information about getting help with your online marketing campaign, contact OrangeSoda today.



I am really enjoying the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems? A small number of my blog visitors have complained about my blog not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari. Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?

Dan Garfield

Jeana, unfortunately browser compatibility problems are a constant issue for anyone running a website. We always test our website in a variety of browsers to make sure things work nicely. I would recommend looking at your analytics to see what browsers people are using and then trying to support the ones that make up a significant portion of your traffic.

Everyone has a different testing methodology. We have a bunch of different computers and virtual machines setup to help us test. If you don’t have time for that I recommend checking out Litmus. It’s pretty cheap and will let you test your website in lots of browsers without having to run a bunch of computers.