8 easy steps to play with Google efficiently

When you don’t find anything or don’t know where to find, the only probable answer you may get “Google it!”. But finding your desired result is really a hard job unless you search for the keyword “Google”, “Microsoft”, “Facebook” or something like that!. But surely you are not going to search them. You may want to find where your favorite song or movie or e-book can be downloaded or a specific note about a specific person.

To make easier the job, you may wish to follow the following steps..

Step 1:: AND: With AND google tries to find all the words listed. By default google uses AND. So searching with

ask bahar your question    
ask AND bahar AND your AND question

will yield the same result.

Step 2::OR: With OR google will search for either of the terms/keywords. you may use ‘| sign as OR instead of using the word “OR”. So if you search

blogspot | wordpress

you will get results on both blogspot and wordpress in the first page. If you are sure you want to include one term but also want to include a choice of other terms, you can group your search. For example, searching

Dhaka city (college | corporation)

will yield better result than searching the following.

Dhaka city | college | corporation

Step3::Minus: The minus will exclude terms from your search. For example, if you want to search the free download able music sites, try

download music -paid

which will show you only the free sites.

Step 4::” ” (Quotation Marks): if you want to search for an exact phrase [may be the title of a song] such as

"What Silence Said"

would show you the result about famous song of Susheela Raman.

Step 5::* Wildcard Search: You can use the * wildcard to replace any specific words you might have forgotten. For example assume that you were searching for one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s famous quotes “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” What if you couldn’t remember all the words? Just search for

Never * your enemy when he is * a mistake

So without remembering anything, you can find everything!

Step 6::Search Free MP3: People leave music files in unprotected directories all of the time. Here’s how to get to them. If you properly query google, you can find open indexes of music files easily. Here are some hints to get you started.

-inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:"index of" "Last modified" mp3

Using this string we are using the “index of” and the inurl commands to attempt to isolate directories only. The mp3 tag on the end tells google to look for mp3s in these open directories. You can change this to wma or ogg if you wish.
You can add additional search criteria to focus your search more.

-inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:"index of" mp3 "System of Down"

This command will find open directories with mp3 files with System of Down. Obviously you can change the band name or file type to better define your search.

People upload songs to their private space, FTP space. You can have them by

What Silence Said public ftp

You can use other song title or singer name instead of What Silence Said

Step 7::Search Free Movies: Find those hidden directories just full of video files. This will search for avi, mpg, and wmv files. We’ll use the same trick to find open directories. This should find open directories full of video files.

-inurl:htm -inurl:html -inurl:asp intitle:"index of"

Just add additional search terms on the end if you want to focus your search. Say you wanted to find some Broune trilogy clips:

-inurl:htm -inurl:html -inurl:asp intitle:"index of"
+(wmv|mpg|avi) +bourne

If you want to focus your search further you can even add more and more search terms to limit it to directories:

-inurl:htm -inurl:html -inurl:asp intitle:"index of" +
(wmv|mpg|avi) +"parent directory"

Step8:: Search Free Ebooks: Google will easily show you all those ebooks that are hanging out there for free! Want some ebooks? Try this:

-inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:"index of"
+("/ebooks"|"/book") +(chm|pdf|zip)

Here were are telling google to look for book or ebook directories… and we have listed several common ebook formats (zip, pdf, chf).
If you would like to look for a particular author or title just tack it to the end of your search.

-inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:"index of" +
("/ebooks"|"/book") +(chm|pdf|zip) +"o'reilly"

This uses the same idea but attempts to focus on directories that contain O’Reilly stuff, which may give you some potential results.

Special Note: What does all of this mean? The -inurl htm and -inul html is attempting to get rid of regular webpages and show just index pages. Looking for index of in the title is doing the same. Using the pipe ( | ) tells google to look for something OR something else.

So I hope, using these easy steps you can easily find your content on Google. Surely there are other effective ways. Please Comment them out using the comment form. I will update this post taking the relevant and effective comments to make the post more effective.