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Google Search Engine Optimization(SEO) Cheat Sheet

Basic Examples

This Search
Finds Pages Contai­nin­g...
biking Italy
the words biking and Italy
recycle steel OR iron
inform­ation on recycling steel or recycling iron
"I have a dream"
the exact phrase I have a dream
salsa –dance
the word salsa but NOT the word dance
Louis "­I" France
inform­ation about Louis the First (I), weeding out other kings of France
castle ~glossary
glossaries about castles, as well as dicton­aries, lists of terms, termin­ology, etc.
fortun­e-t­elling
all forms of the term, whether spelled as a single word, a phrase, or hyphenated
define­:im­broglio
defini­tions of the word imbroglio from the Web

Altern­ative Query Types

Oper­ators
Mean­ing
Type Into Search Box (& Results)
cache:
Display Google's cached version of a web page.
cache:­www.ir­s.g­ov(Show Google's cached version of the US Internal Revenue Service home page.)
info: (or id:)
Find info about a page.
info:w­ww.t­he­oni­on.com (Find inform­ation about The Onion website.)
related:
List web pages that are similar or related to the URL.
relate­d:w­ww.h­ea­lth­fin­der.gov (Find websites related to the Health­finder website.)

Calculator

Oper­ators
Mean­ing
Type Into Search Box (& Results)
+ – * /
basic arithmetic
12 + 34 - 56 * 7 / 8
% of
percentage of
45% of 39
^ or **
raise to a power
2^5 or 2**5
old units in new units
convert units
300 Euros in USD, 130 lbs in kg, or 31 in hex

Restrict Search to Google News

Oper­ators
Mean­ing
Type Into Search Box (& Results)
location:
Find News articles from sources located in the specified location.
queen locati­on:uk (Find British news articles on the Queen.)
source:
Find News articles from specified sources.
peace source­:ha­_aretz (Show articles on peace from the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.)

Restrict Search to Google Groups

Oper­ators
Mean­ing
Type Into Search Box (& Results)
author:
Find Groups messages from the specified author.
flying author­:Hamish author­:Reid (Search for Hamish Reid's articles on flying.)
group:
Find Groups messages from the specified newsgroup.
ivan doig group:­rec.ar­ts.b­ooks (Search for postings about Ivan Doig in the group rec.ar­ts.b­ooks.)
insubject:
Find Groups messages containing crazy quilts in the subject.
insubj­ect­:"crazy quilts­" (Find articles containing crazy quilts in the subject line.)
 

Restrict Search

Oper­ators
Mean­ing
Type Into Search Box (& Results)
city1 city2
Book flights.
sfo bos (Book flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Boston (BOS).)
site:
Search only one website or domain.
Halloween site:w­ww.c­en­sus.gov (Search for inform­ation on Halloween gathered by the US Census Bureau.)
[#]..[#]
Search within a range of numbers.
Dave Barry pirate 2002..2006 (Search for Dave Barry articles mentioning pirates written in these years.)
filetype: (or ext:)
Find documents of the specified type.
Form 1098-T IRS filety­pe:pdf (Find the US tax form 1098-T in PDF format.)
link:
Find linked pages, i.e., show pages that point to the URL.
link:w­arr­ior­lib­rar­ian.com (Find pages that link to Warrior Librar­ian's website.)

Specia­lized Inform­ation Queries

Oper­ators
Mean­ing
Type Into Search Box (& Results)
book (or books)
Search full-text of books.
book Ender's Game (Show book-r­elated inform­ation. Note: No colon needed after book.)
define, what is, what are
Show a definition for a word or phrase.
define monopsony, what is podcast (Show a definition for the words monopsony and podcast. Note: No colon after define, what is, or what are.)
define:
Provide defini­tions for words, phrases, and acronyms from the Web.
define­:ke­rning (Find defini­tions for kerning from the Web.)
movie:
Find reviews and showtimes.
movie: traffic (Search for inform­ation about this movie, including reviews, showtimes, etc.)
stocks:
Given ticker symbols, show stock inform­ation
stocks: goog (Find Google's current stock price.)
weather
Given a location (US zip code or city), show the weather
weather Seattle WA, weather 81612 (Show the current weather and forecast. Note: No colon after weather.)
 

Restrict Search to Sites where Query Words Appear

Oper­ators
Mean­ing
Type Into Search Box (& Results)
allina­nchor:
All query words must appear in anchor text of links to the page.
allina­nch­or:­useful parenting sites (Search for pages that are called useful parenting sites by others.)
inanchor:
Terms must appear in anchor text of links to the page.
restau­rants Portland inanch­or:­kid­-fr­iendly (Search for pages on Portland restau­rants for which links to the page say they are "kid friend­ly."­)
allintext:
All query words must appear in the text of the page.
allint­ext­:in­gre­dients cilantro chicken lime (Search for recipes with these three ingred­ients.)
intext:
The terms must appear in the text of the page.
Dan Shugar intext­:Po­wer­light (Find pages mentioning Dan Shugar where his company, Powerl­ight, is included in the text of the page, i.e., less likely to be from the corporate website.)
allint­itle:
All query words must appear in the title of the page.
allint­itle: Google Advanced Operators (Search for pages with titles containing "­Goo­gle­," "­Adv­anc­ed,­", and "­Ope­rat­ors­".)
intitle:
The terms must appear in the title of the page.
movies comedy intitl­e:top ten (Search for pages with the words movie and comedy that include top ten in the title of the page.)
allinurl:
All query words must appear in the URL.
allinu­rl:pez faq (Search for pages containing the words pez & faq in the URL.)
inurl:
The terms must appear in the URL of the page.
pharma­ceu­tical inurl:­inv­estor (Search for pages in which the URL contains the word investor.)
                                                                       
 

Comments

> Louis "­I" France

I don't this one does what you think it does.

Wonderful checklist, great work!

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