Tons of Nigerians use Google search every day for a wide array of reasons. For school, for research, and even for entertainment. But guess what? Most people may not be using Google search to its full potential.


Want to use Google search more efficiently and get the search results you want quickly?

Use the tabs

The first tip is to use the tabs in Google search. On the top of every search are a number of tabs. Usually you’ll see Web, Image, News, and More. Using these tabs, you can help define what kind of search you need to do.
If you need images, use the Image tab. If you are looking for a recent news article, use the News tab.

Use quotes

When searching for something specific, try using quotes to minimize the guesswork for Google search. When you put your search parameters in quotes, it tells the search engine to search for the whole phrase.
For instance, if you search for Unilag trending party, the engine will search for content that contains those three words in any order.
However, if you search “Puppy trending party”, it will search for that phrase exactly as you typed it. This can help locate specific information that may be buried under other content if not sorted out correctly.

Use a hyphen to exclude words

Sometimes you may find yourself searching for a word with an ambiguous meaning. An example is Dangote. When you Google search for Dangote, you may get results for both the goods produced by the company or the individual. If you want to cut one out, use the hyphen to tell the engine to ignore content with one of the other. See the example below.
Dangote -person
This tells the search engine to search for Dangote but to remove any results that have the word “person” in it. It can be wildly helpful when finding information about something without getting information about something else.

Use a colon to search specific sites

Find a page that links to another page

This is a unique one that could be used by practically everyone if they knew it existed.
Let’s say you have a favorite website. It can be anything. However, that website is getting a little bit boring and you want to find other websites like it. You would use this trick. Below is the syntax:

If you search that above, you won’t find a link to NairaLand. Instead, you’ll find links to online platforms like NairaLand. It’s a powerful Google search tool that can help you find new sites to browse.

Use the asterisk

The asterisk wildcard is one of the most useful ones on the list. Here’s how it works.
When you use an asterisk in a search term on Google search, it will leave a placeholder that may be automatically filled by the search engine later. This is a brilliant way to find song lyrics if you don’t know all the words. Let’s look at the syntax:

“Come * right now * me”

To you or me, that may look like nonsense. However, Google search will search for that phrase knowing that the asterisks can be any word.
More often than not, you’ll find they are lyrics to Asa’s song “Fire On The Mountain” and that’s what the search will tell you.

Find sites that are similar to other sites

This Google search tip is a little obscure. Instead of searching for a specific page, you’re searching for a page that links to a specific page.
Think about it this way. If you want to see who cited a How Do You Tech Naija article on their site, you would use this trick to find all the sites that link to it. The syntax is below:

That will return all pages that link to the How Do You Tech Naija website. The URL on the right side can be practically anything. Be aware, though, that the more specific it is, the fewer results you’ll get. We know not a lot of people will likely use this Google search trick, but it could be very useful for some.

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Search for multiple words at once


Google search is flexible. It knows you may not find what you want by searching only a single word or phrase. Thus, it lets you search for multiples.
By using this trick, you can search for one word or phrase along with a second word or phrase. This can help narrow down your search to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Here is the syntax:

“Best ways to make Ogbono soup” OR “How to prepare Ogbono”

By searching that, you will search both phrases. Remember the quotes tip above? It’s being used here as well. In this instance, these two exact phrases will be searched. It can be done by word too, like the example below:

pepper soup OR white soup

This will search for pages that have either pepper soup or white soup!

Search a range of numbers

People interested in money or statistics will find this tip particularly useful. Essentially, you use two dots and a number to let Google search know you’re looking for a specific range of numbers. Like the syntax below:

What Universities have won the NUGA games ..2017

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