Google-Search-Commands

Google Search Commands Explained

Google is the World’s most used Search Engine. It commands approximately 67% of the searches globally.

So, it is important for anyone who intends to use the Power of Google’s Search for business or personal use to understand all the Search Commands Google provides.

list of Google Search Commands with Detailed Explanation

  1. Cache: – Displays the searched page as it was when it was last visited by Google Crawler program. Also gives the date and time of last crawler visit. This is basically a snapshot of the queried webpage stored on Google servers
  2. Related: – Displays list of webpages (indexed by Google) that are ‘similar’ to the queried webpage as determined by Google’s algorithm
  3. Link: – Displays a list of (and gives number of) webpages (indexed by Google) that link to the queried webpage
  4. Site: – Displays a list of all webpages / sites (indexed by Google) that are from the queried domain name. Basically lists all indexed pages within a given / queried website
  5. Info: – Displays some basic information about the queried webpage / website. This is typically the first 160 bytes (about 20-25 words) on the webpage or text taken from the <Meta Description> html tag
  6. Filetype: – Displays search results for the queried keywords but restricted to only the specified file type
  7. Define: – Lists a definition of the queried term followed by other leading definitions such as wikipedia further followed by other search results
  8. Stocks: – The keyword appearing after the stocks: command is treated as a stock ticker symbol (uniquie identifier name for a stock) for the purpose of search query
  9. Intext: – This command presents all results where the search word immediately after the command intext: appears on page text and other words appear anywhere on the page, such as in title, link etc.
    Eg: intext:word1 word2- here search would consider results with word1 only in page text and word2 anywhere on the page
  10. Intitle: – This is similar to intext: with the difference that instead of text the first search word after the command must be present in the page title
  11. Inurl: – This is also similar to intext: with the difference that instead of text the first search word after the command must appear on the page url
  12. Allintitle: Here only those results are returned by the search query where any / all search terms appear in the page title. No other webpage areas are searched.
  13. Allinurl: Only search results where all search terms appear on the page url are returned by this query

Other than these there are several Google Voice commands () and other search features such as for weather, translator, calculator etc.

Also searches can be made using the Search Operators OR, – (exclude from search), * (wild card search), “ ” (exact match search)

Below are Examples of some Search Queries with Google Search Commands using website – cordscable.com

  1. Site:cordscable.com – returned 168 results
  2. Cache:cordscable.com – last visited by crawler on 18th Sept 2014 at 13:29:55 GMT. Search query fired on 19th Sept 9 pm IST
  3. Link:cordscable.com – returned 2 intra-site links from cordscable.com
  4. Related:cordscable.com – returned 9 related search results. This includes results from competitors and sites like Wikipedia, economictimes, moneycontrol, indiamart etc.

(All sample searches for explanation done on 19th September 2014)

Happy Googling!

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