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Utilize Google Search to its Verge

Are you using google when searching? Trying hard to find for something accurately? This five minute article will probably blow your mind and say, what the heck! I don’t know those stuffs. However, if you encounter already this google trick, just ignore it, and don’t think such, “hey dork! It’s common.” Too much for the introduction, let’s start rocking.

I’m a student and yes! Google search is a big help for me. This tweak, indeed ease me as a researcher and an internet freak. Here we go:

Strings that I will be using for searches will be identified as bold and is inside bracket []. Input query, Clifford Trigo appears to be [Clifford Trigo] in this article.

Calculator: do you need to calculate something and can’t find a calculator? Let google search do the job for you. [90*10] will result to 900. You can also type mathematical expressions and unit conversions [seconds to 7 hours].

Quotes: searching for a keyword [I Love You] will most likely lead to the results of [You Love I]. Why is there a bit difference? It is because of how google crawls into web servers. Query [“I Love You”] will only result to websites with elements in that order, remember it is with “”.

inurl: have you forgotten a certain blog, or any reading material, and only remembers the URL? This may be helpful, [inurl:cellphone], it searches the URL of the site rather than its contents.

allinurl: behaves like “inurl” but allows you for more than one word.

intitle: let you search in titles of websites. If you are familiar with html, you are searching in what you define as tag in the page. [intitle:hacked]

allintitle: same concept with “allinurl” but is limited to titles only.

intext: actual texts of a website. [intext: the best cms] no need to explain for its self explainable. That is the text in the website.

allinurl: works the same as “allintitle” and “allinurl”

– : minus sign omits term of a search [operating system -windows] allow in searching for sites including “operating system” and excluding “windows.”

filetype: [filetype:pdf sti tagbilaran] that’s the keyword, [filetype:extension keyword] “.” should not be included in the search term (before the filetype.) I remember using this trick last year, lol, I got some files, somewhat like an Instructors Manual of STI.

cache: website is currently down! You want to surf a certain website but you found it servers down. Look for a recorded screenshot by a google bot by simply typing [cache:whateversiteyouwant]. Its common useful for websites changed or down.

And finally, my favorite:

site: search for specific element in a certain website [site:pinoywap.net trizaeron] that will only search in pinoywap.net and no other website. Note: trizaeron is my username in pinoywap

More advance queries:

[site:symbianize.com intext:tagbilaran], this is limited to the website “symbianize.com” and searches a particular text “tagbilaran”

[site:.gov.ph intitle:”hacked by”], will result to government websites in the Philippines that are being breached out. Poor security XD

It cost me hours to formulate and write this article. I hope this would somehow, or in any way help you guys.

Enjoy searching J

Note: Capitalization doesn’t matter in google search, but not with the tags.

About Clifford Trigo

I am Clifford Trigo a proud Boholano / Pinoy / Filipino Web App Security Researcher. Day by day, I'm learning new things :)) Visit my Hackerone Profile, currently at top 2 overall :D