Google is the most powerful tool in the world if you know how to use it properly. Let me show you how to get better at Googling.

You can use quotes to force an exact-match search. This is super useful if you know exactly the search phrase you're looking for. You'll simply get more accurate results if you do this.

"what is javascript"

Google search exact match example

2. Use the AND Operator

The AND operator will return only results related to both terms. In the example bellow you can see the perfect use-case of this operator.

html AND css

Google search with AND keyword

3. Use the OR Operator

You can use the OR operator to get results related to one of the search terms you enter.

(javascript OR python) free course

Google search OR keyword example

4. Use the - (minus) Operator

The - operator will exclude results that contain a term or phrase. So, in our case we want to get JavaScript related results, but exclude any CSS results from them.

javascript -css

Google search with - operator example

5. Use (*) wildcards as placeholders

You can use the (*) wildcards as placeholders, which will be replaced by any word or phrase.

This one is my favorite. I use it when I know almost the whole search phrase and just replace the part I don't know with asterisk. Super useful.

"how to start * in 6 months"

Google search with wildcard example

6. How to Search Inside a Single Website

This is another one I use frequently. If I'm searching for something in particular on a specific website, this is my approach.

Google search inside a single website example

7. How to Find a Specific File Type

You can also use this very useful feature to help you find a specific file type. It's handy if you're looking for some materials like PDFs. If you haven't used it before, from now on you will.

filetype:pdf learn css

Google search for specific filetype

8. How to Search for a Range of Numbers

This can be anything at all. If you're looking to buy something that falls within a specific price range, or you're searching for results that include a specific range of years, this is for you.

ecmascript 2016..2018

Google search for specific range of numbers

9. Use the before Operator

Use the before operator to return only results before a given date.
You must provide year-month-day dates or only a year. For example:

javascript before:2020

Google search with before operator

10. Use the after Operator

Use the after operator to return only results after a given date. You must provide year-month-day dates or only a year. Super useful if you want exclude outdated results.

web development after:2020

Google search with after operator

As you can see, Google can be a powerful tool if you know how to use it properly.

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