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Google Advanced Search Operators

posted Jun 14, 2014, 8:25 PM by Taylor Peterson   [ updated Dec 22, 2014, 3:29 PM ]

The below information is pruned down the original source. 
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 ]

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 ]

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" ]

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.

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 ]

Search by file type


Use the filetype: operator to search for specific types of files, such as PDFs, DOCs, or XLS

filetype:pdf ]

\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 ]

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 ]

Search for all words

query query

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" ]

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"]

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.