|Search within a specific site or domain
|Use the site: operator to search for information within a specific website or type of site (.org, .edu).
[ site:linkedin.com ] or [ site:edu ]
Also search within specific sub-domains. [ site:www.linkedin.com or site:plus.google.com ]
|Placeholder / Fill in the blank
query * query
|Use an asterisk (*) as a placeholder for any unknown or “wildcard” terms. Results will vary depending on its use, how Google has indexed the content of the page or what Google feels is relevant.
[ “senior * recruiter” ] will include results for [ senior technical recruiter ]
[ “senior * * recruiter” ] will include results for [ senior interactive marketing recruiter ]
Tip: It’s important to know that an asterisk (*) can include results providing a single term, special character OR phrase and you should experiment with it until you get the desired results.
|Search for a specific term within the Title of a website
|Place intitle: immediately in front of your query to search for a specific term or phrase within the Title of a website or page.
[ intitle:resume ] or [ intitle:“resume software engineer” ]
Tip: Use quotes when searching for specific phrases.
|Search for terms within the URL of a website
|Search for a specific term or terms within the URL of a website.
[ inurl:resume ]
Tip: The query must be a complete or whole term, meaning that you cannot extract a term from a string of consecutive letters or numbers.
Using the above example, the following demonstrates what is and is not possible when using the inurl: operator.
Yes: [ my-resume-123 ] or [ my/resume/123 ]
No: [ myresume123 ]
|Search for pages with links
|Use the link: operator to search websites or pages that contain links to another page or website.
[ link:google.com ]
Tip: It’s common to use the site: operator in conjunction with the link: operator [ site:query link:query ]
|Search by file type
|Use the filetype: operator to search for specific types of files, such as PDFs, DOCs, or XLS
[ filetype:pdf ]
Tip: Because file type searches are generally obscure by nature, it’s best practice to include multiple extensions.
Example: (filetype:doc | filetype:pdf | filetype:rtf | filetype:txt)
|Find related websites
|Use the related: operator to find sites that have similar content by typing related: immediately in front of a website URL.
[ related:jigsaw.com ]
|Search a cached site or page
|Use the cache: operator to display a specific cached version of a web page.
[ cache:linkedin.com ]
|Search for an exact word or phrase
|Use quotes ( “” ) to search for an exact word or set of words in a specific order.
[ “software engineer“ ]
Tip: Only use this if you’re looking for a very precise word or phrase, because otherwise you could be excluding helpful results by mistake.
|Exclude a word or phrase
|Add a dash (-) immediately in front of a word to exclude all results that include that word.
[ -job -jobs ]
You can also exclude results based on other operators, like excluding all results from a specific site.
[ developer -site:linkedin.com ]
|Include similar words with the Tilde
|At times, Google may replace some words in your original search query with synonyms. To tell Google that you want synonyms included, add a tilde sign (~) immediately in front of a word to search for that word as well as synonyms.
[ software ~engineer ] will also include results for [ software developer ]
Tip: Do not use quotes (“”) if you are wanting synonyms returned in your search results.
|Search for all words
query AND query
|To search for pages that need to have all words, include AND (capitalized) or a space between the words. Google assumes AND when there is simply a space between terms.
[ software engineer “seattle washington” ] or [ software AND engineer AND “seattle washington” ]
Tip: In the examples above, Google will search for “software” AND “engineer” AND “seattle washington”
|Search for either word
query | query
query OR query
|To search for pages that need to have only one of several words, include OR (capitalized) or a pipe (|) between the words.
[ software engineer seattle | “san francisco”] or [ software engineer seattle OR “san francisco”]
Tip: In the examples above, Google will search for “software” AND “engineer”, but will search for either “seattle” OR “san francisco”
|Search for a number range
|Separate numbers by two periods (with no spaces) to see results that contain numbers in a given range.
[ 50..300 connections]
Tip: Use only one number with the two periods to indicate an upper maximum or a lower minimum.
[ “..500 employees” ]