These crisp, short search operators usually stick to our minds. However, when it comes to using those, it’s quite tricky. Most SEOs include the basics instead of mastering them.
Here, let’s talk about the popular Google search operators first. Don’t forget to check out their functionalities as well.
List of Important Google Search Operators
Strangely, Google is hilariously shutting the phases of excellent operators. That’s the reason most Google operators are inaccurate and outdated.
I’ve explored tons of search operators, even the outdated ones. Here is a list of some of the important ones. Go through minutely and explore their potentiality.
Here comes the exact-match search. Mostly for ambiguous searches, the operator provides refined results. You can use it while searching for a single word. It basically cuts off the appearance of synonyms.
For example – “Harry Potter”
Suppose, you search for A and B. This operator gives you results of both A and B. However, for general searches, it doesn’t make a difference. The reason is, Google automatically defaults to “AND”. Thanks to the other operators that make it more useful.
For example – “cats AND dogs”
Here you have searched for A or B. And you get results of A or B; or both. In place of OR, the pipe (|) operator is also used.
For example – “cats OR dogs”
This Google operator works as a wildcard. It clicks with any phase or word.
For example – “cats * fish”
Now comes the Google operator that swipes out the term. In the below example, the result will be of cats. And the result will definitely exclude dogs.
For example – “cats -dogs”
Initiates multiple sets of search results. It basically handles how the search is executed.
For example – “(cats OR dogs) animals”
Provides all the search results of prices. Remember, it does work for (€) Euro. But doesn’t search for GBP (£).
For example – German Shepherd $20
This operator is the in-built application of Google. Similar to SERP, it comes with the meaning of words.
For example – define.nursery
The exact recent cached webpage versions appear as search results. It also ensures to index the web pages.
For example – cache:auroravista.tech