I use Google exclusively so this geared towards Google. Many of these terms can be used on other search engines as well, but they don’t say “Google It” for nothin’. To find what you need quickly and accurately, you need to know how to find the needle in a haystack of the internet. I am giving you the things I use to search the internet. These search terms will help you locate just what you want effectively and help you narrow down what you are trying to find in less time! If you want a pdf of this document, click HERE.
Specific Phrase Search:
Use quotes to search for an exact match phrase: Use quotes to search for an exact phrase. “Affiliate Marketing”
Specific Document Types:
I love this type of search because I LOVE printable pdf documents. If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use filetype:. For example, you might want to find pdf files related to affiliate marketing.
Example: “affiliate marketing” filetype:pdf
Related Website Search
If you want to find websites with similar content to a website you already know of, use the related:blogdamnit.com.
Search Websites for Keywords
Think of the “site:” function as a Google search that searches only a particular website. If you want to see every time blogdamnit.com mentioned affiliate,
use the search “affiliate site:blogdamnit.com”.
Search Images Using Images
This one is fantastic for searching for stock photos. Or if you want to know where an image came from. If you save the image, and then search it on Google Images (with the camera button), you’ll be able to see similar images on the web. How cool is that?
Words in The Text
If you want to find a web page where all the terms you’re searching for appear in the text of that page (but not necessarily beside each other), type in allintext:followed immediately by words or phrases.
Example: allintext: affiliate marketing adsense
You can search news archives going back to the mid-1880s
Google News has an option to search over 100 years’ worth of archived news from newspapers around the world.