Below is a list of top ten Google tricks many people who use Google don't know about.
Pull up the definition of the word by typing define followed by the word you want the definition for. For example, typing: define bravura would display the definition of that word.
2.) Local search:
Visit Google Local enter the area you want to search and the keyword of the place you want to find. For example, typing: restaurant at the above link would display local restaurants.
3.) Phone number lookup:
Enter a full phone number with area code to display the name and address associated with that phone number.
4.) Find weather and movies:
Type "weather" or "movies" followed by a zip code or city and state to display current weather conditions or movie theaters in your area. For example, typing weather 84101 gives you the current weather conditions for Salt Lake City, UT and the next four days. Typing movies 84101 would give you a link for showtimes for movies in that area.
5.) Track airline flight and packages:
Enter the airline and flight number to display the status of an airline flight and it's arrival time. For example, type: delta 123 to display this flight information if available.
Google can also give a direct link to package tracking information if you enter a UPS, FedEx or USPS tracking number.
Translate text, a full web page, or search by using the Google Language Tools.
7.) Pages linked to you:
See what other web pages are linking to your website or blog by typing link: followed by your URL. For example, typing link:http://foodwebme.blogspot.com displays all pages linking to this site.
8.) Find PDF results only:
Add filetype: to your search to display results that only match a certain file type. For example, if you wanted to display PDF results only type: "dell xps" filetype:pdf -- this is a great way to find online manuals.
Use the Google Search engine as a calculator by typing a math problem in the search. For example, typing: 100 + 200 would display results as 300.
Quickly get to a stock quote price, chart, and related links by typing the stock symbol in Google. For example, typing: msft will display the stock information for Microsoft.
Other Google tricks:
- related:url same as "what's related" on serps.
- site:domain restricts search results to the given domain.
- allinurl: shows only pages with all terms in the url.
- inurl: like allinurl, but only for the next query word.
- allintitle: shows only results with terms in title.
- intitle: similar to allintitle, but only for the next word. "intitle:seoforgoogle google" finds only pages - with seoforgoogle in the title, and google anywhere on the page.
- cache:url will show the Google version of the passed url.
- nfo:url will show a page containing links to related searches, backlinks, and pages containing the url. This is the same as typing the url into the search box.
- spell: will spell check your query and search for it.
- stocks: will lookup the search query in a stock index.
- filetype: will restrict searches to that filetype. "-filetype:pdf" to remove Adobe PDF files.
- daterange: is supported in Julian date format only. 2452384 is an example of a Julian date.
- maps: If you enter a street address, a link to Yahoo Maps and to MapBlast will be presented.
- phone: enter anything that looks like a phone number to have a name and address displayed. Same is true for something that looks like an address (include a name and zip code).
- site:www.somesite.net "+www.somesite.+net" - (tells you how many pages of your site are indexed by google).
- allintext: searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page title.
- allinlinks: searches only within links, not text or title.