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Google Search Operator Commands

By April 8, 2015March 5th, 2021Technology

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I tend to forget all of these so I’m adding this to my site so I don’t forget them. Search operators are words that can be added to searches to help narrow down the results. Don’t worry about memorizing every operator – you can also use the Advanced Search page to create these searches too. (But for the geeks…)

Note: When you search using operators, don’t add any spaces between the operator and your search terms. A search for site:nytimes.com will work, but site: nytimes.com will not.

site:
Get results from certain sites or domains. For example, you can find all mentions of “olympics” on the NBC website, or any .gov websites.
Examples: olympics site:nbc.com and olympics site:.gov

link:
Find pages that link to a certain page. For example, you can find all the pages that link to google.com.
Example: link:google.com

related:
Find sites that are similar to a URL you already know. If you search for related sites to the time.com, you’ll find other news publication sites you may be interested in.
Example: related:time.com

OR
If you want to search for pages that may have just one of several words, include OR (capitalized) between the words. Without the OR, your results would typically show only pages that match both terms.
Example: world cup location 2014 OR 2018

info:
Get information about a URL, including the cached version of the page, similar pages, and pages that link to the site.
Example: info:google.com

cache:
See what a page looks like the last time Google crawled the site.
Example: cache:washington.edu