Here are some Google Search secrets to help you better find what you‚Äôre looking for: (wait, since I‚Äôm telling you, they‚Äôre no longer secret).
1. Use quotation marks to search for the exact phrase “co-op board rejection”
2. Use the pipe (|) (it‚Äôs above the backslash \) for an either/or search (or use the word “or”): fsbo|by owner.
3. Use two periods (..) to find information within a number range, including years: worst housing markets 1980..2006.
4. Use a minus sign (-) to exclude search results: worst housing markets 1980..2006 -best. (since the search without the minus sign usually includes best and worst, use the minus sign if you only want the bad news)
5. Find similar keywords with the tilde (~): ~cheap homes. You get auctions, foreclosures, investors, etc. The tilde is an under-appreciated stroke (which makes it good for passwords)
6. Use the wildcard star (*) if you don’t know the missing word: a man’s home is his *.
7. Get a definitions by typing “define:” before the word: define:foreclosure.
8. Math calculations (hey Realtors, it’s good for figuring a commission): 548,000 x6%.
9. To search a term in a particular blog or website use “site:” before the URL. Useful if a website or blog doesn’t have a search box: site:blog.sellsiusrealestate.com zillow.
10. Type in the area code or zip code to find out the city name: 646.
11. The hyphen (-) pulls results for terms that have spelling variations. Example: left-handed pulls left-handed, left handed and lefthanded. (Yes, the minus sign and hyphen are one and the same.)
13. Track FedEx, USPS & UPS packages: Skip the website log in. Go to Google and type in the tracking number. Bingo.
14. Flight information: Delta flight 2456.
15. Comparisons: type in quotes: “better than “, “worse than ‚ÄĚ, or ” ___ sucks” (for bad reviews). “better than ipod”.
16. Reverse lookup. Type in a phone number and Google gives you the address and/or identity of the owner. Very Big Brotherish.
18. Search for pdfs: after the search term type filetype:pdf (“real estate commission” filetype:pdf) Helpful to find reports, surveys, court cases.
19. Highlight search terms in a search result: Click “cache” in a search result and Google will highlight your search terms in that result. Very handy.
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