In Part One, we covered the basics of searching on Google.com
and in Part Two we moved into more advanced search techniques.
In today's third and final installment we will peer into some
ways of using Google you may have never thought of or knew
DATE RANGES: You may limit your search to an exact date of a
"range" of dates that a page was indexed by Google. To use
Google's "daterange" function, you will need to express your
dates in "Julian" dates. This date format is express as an
integer. To convert a common date into Julian format go to:
As an example, if I wanted to find pages (about a certain topic)
indexed by Google during the month of May 2003, I would type in:
"direct response marketing" daterange: 2452774-2452803
TYPES OF FILES: You can limit your Google search results to
specific files ending in a particular extension (.doc, .txt,
.rtf, .pdf etc...)
To find a file on the topic "direct response marketing" in Adobe
(.pdf) format you would type in: "direct response marketing"
You can exclude certain types of files from your search by doing
a "negative" search and placing a "minus" ( - ) sign in front of
ANCHOR TEXT SEARCHES: Allow you to just search the "anchor"
text in web page link anchors. Link anchors are the words
that appear between: <.a href=''>Direct Response
Marketing<.a> In this case it's the phrase Direct Response
PLAIN TEXT SEARCHES: By using Google's "intext" search
capabilities, you can search JUST the body text of web pages
and not any links, urls or titles, just the body. Simply
intext:"direct response marketing"
CACHE SEARCHING: This form of searching will only search for
results on sites that are stored in Google's "cache' or memory.
This sometimes can give you older versions of sites. Example:
LINK SEARCHES: Want to know how many and what sites have links
back to your site? Just search for your domain preceded by
INFO SEARCHING: Find out what information Google has stored
about a particular web page or site by searching:
GOOGLE'S PHONEBOOK: Yes, Google has a phenomenal phone book
database allowing you to search for both residential and
business phone numbers. You may use the following search
FN or FI (first name or first initial), LN (last name), city
FN (FI), LN, state
FN (FI), LN, area code
FN (FI), LN, zip code
phone # including area code (ex: 111-222-3333)
LN, city, state
LN, zip code
To find the phone number of the Whitehouse you would search:
phonebook: whitehouse washington dc
To find the phone number of the John Smith in Anytown, NY you
phonebook: john smith ny
phonebook: smith anytown ny
phonebook: j smith ny
STOCK SEARCHING: Google can generate results on just about any
stock because they use the stock information from the Yahoo!
finance pages. For example:
Phew! Now, this list isn't even exhaustive, but it will give
99.99% of you enough information and insight to start REALLY
tapping into the top ranked search engine in the world:
Google.com Go have some fun!
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