You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise.
- Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn’t part of a search operator.
- Don’t put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term. A search for
site:nytimes.comwill work, but
Refine image searches
Overall Advanced Search
- Go to Advanced Image Search.
- Use filters like region or file type to narrow your results.
- At the bottom, click Advanced Search.
Search for an exact image size
Right after the word you’re looking for, add the text
imagesize:widthxheight. Make sure to add the dimensions in pixels.
Common search techniques
Search social media
@ in front of a word to search social media. For example:
Search for a price
$ in front of a number. For example:
# in front of a word. For example:
Exclude words from your search
- in front of a word you want to leave out. For example,
jaguar speed -car
Search for an exact match
Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example,
Search within a range of numbers
.. between two numbers. For example,
OR” between each search query. For example,
marathon OR race.
Search for a specific site
site:” in front of a site or domain. For example,
Search for related sites
related:” in front of a web address you already know. For example,
See Google’s cached version of a site
cache:” in front of the site address.
Important: Not all search operators return exhaustive results.
site:domainname.com filetype:txt – inurl:robots.txt
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 that appears close together on the page.
allintext:content social links
This operator is more global in that it allows you to find terms showing up in any area of the webpage, such as 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.
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.
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 compare to ensure yours is higher quality.
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, you would use this example:
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:
allinurl:amazon drawing tablet
This will bring up all internal URLs on Amazon.com that have the terms “drawing tablet.”
To find pages on a site that has your targeted search term in the URL and a 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.
This operator is useful for performing research on pages that have all terms after “inanchor:” in anchor text linking back to the page. Example:
allinanchor:"how to draw anime"
This is used to identify pages with inbound links that contain the anchor text specified.
However, data is only sampled and doesn’t provide accurate global results.
Do you want the focus of your results to be super narrow?
This is a great way to identify search results where two or more terms appear on the page, and also appear very close to each other (denoted by the number in the parentheses).
digital drawing AROUND(2) tools
Do you want to restrict your search to social media? You can easily do this using the @ symbol.
You can also use the # symbol to search within hashtags on Google.