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Google searching: Google advanced search

This guide will help users understand how to use Google advanced search to find resources and materials as fast and accurate as possible.

Google advance searching

One of the features in google search is advanced search, it will not only help you to find the information you need quickly it also help to uncover other networking options. To go to goole advanced search you only need to type in google advance in the search bar (screen shot below).

The advanced search screen is easy to use and very clear provided with examples in front of each searching bar.

All these words / is were you can do your standard advance search, just type in the most important words you want to search for.

This exact word or phrase / type the most important words or phrase you want to search for between quotation marks "coffee beans".

Any of these words / add (or) between the words you want to search for ( coffee or coffee beans)

None of these words / put (-) infront of all the words you want to take out from the search results (- roasting, green coffee beans).

You can narrow your search results even further by:

Language / choose in what language your search results will be.

Region / search for resources and materials published in a specific region.

Last update / choose or specify the results updated time.

Site or domain / you can choose to search a specific web site or limit your search results to one domain such as (ed., org., gov....etc.).

Terms appearing / choose your search results to appear in the text, title, link,....etc.

Safe search / your can choose to filter your search results and hide un-wanted or inconvenient results.

File type / choose your results to be in a prefered format word doc., excel, pdf, ....etc.

Usage rights / find free pages that you can use yourself.

In addition to the above you can also:

Find pages that are similar to, or link to, a URL

Search pages you've visited

Use operators in the search box

Customize your search settings

By clicking on the last option (customize your search settings) you can set how your research result to appear for every search.

Google Advanced Search operators

Here are the advanced Google search commands and operators you need to know.


Using the cache operator, you can find out what the most recent cache of a specified webpage is. This is useful for identifying when a page was last crawled.

Example use:


This operator will help you find whether all the terms that you are looking for shows up in the text of that page. This operator, however, isn’t pin-accurate because it won’t look for text on the page that appears close together.

Example use:

allintext:content social links


This operator is a more global operator that allows you to find any terms showing up on a webpage in any area – like the title, the page itself, the URL, and elsewhere. This is useful if you want to perform research into how others’ on-page SEO footprints are being categorized by Google.

Example use:

word one intext: other term


If you are performing blog research, this operator is useful for finding blogs with certain search terms in the blog title.

Example use:

inposttitle:weight loss goals


This search operator is a great way to find blogs that match the content you are writing about. For example, you could use allintitle to research what others are doing for that particular topic. Then, you could write your post to be better than theirs.

Example use:

allintitle:how to write content for seo


This is a narrower operator that will help you find more targeted results for specific search phrases. If you wanted to find pages that are all about “drawing with micron pens” for example, the following is how you would use it:

Example use:

intitle:drawing with micron pens


This one allows you to find pages with your requested search terms within the URL in internal search pages. For example, say you wanted to perform research on pages on a site that had the terms “drawing tablet”. You would use the following:

Example use:

allinurl:amazon drawing tablet

This will bring up all internal URLs on that have the terms “drawing tablet”.


If you wanted to find pages on a site that has your targeted search term in the URL, and the second term in content on a website, you could use this operator. This is useful for finding sites with strong on-page optimization for the topics you are researching.

Example use:

inurl:drawing portraits

To see more search operators visit this page