Five google search tricks you need to know

Goal of the article is master google searches

When you search for information on Google, it is sometimes complicated to verify its veracity. For example, many sites will claim with “research has proven that…” - without actually mentioning the researchers.

To avoid that, let me introduce you my 5 tricks to make better Google search results.

The tricks


By specifying the domain in which you want to search on, you define the website in which you trust. You can also use this keyword by specifying that part of the domain name, for example site:wikipedia or → this allows you to target a specific entity without having to know the exact domain name.

2. "required keyword"

Sometimes Google finds content that doesn’t even contain the keyword you typed in. To force the existence of your keyword in the final search results, surround it with quotes, and voila !

3. -prohibited

If you want to avoid a specific keyword in your search results, use the - symbol to disallow it. For example, the following search Mark Zuckerberg -facebook divides the number of results by 7, therefore my research is more targeted and precise:

Before prohibited keyword

After prohibited keyword

4. filetype:pdf

If you want to specify a specific type of document, use the keyword filetype. For example, this can be very useful for finding PDF forms to fill out for taxes, visa applications, etc.

5. @username

Ever wanted to know anyone’s social network ? To do so, you can use the at sign (@) followed by their possible username. A website is considered as a social network when the user has to register to access the platform’s services. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Spotify, Tiktok, etc.

Bonus tricks

Bonus #1

Don’t use capital letters. Capital letters do not change anything in a Google search. Whether you type LINKEDIN or linkedin, the results will be the same.

Bonus #2

Use advanced search. You can use the Tools option to be more specific on your search. For example, the Mark Zuckerberg search can be filtered to get only his verbatim.

Advanced google search with Tools option

Final words

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That’s all for today, folks !