1. Find a link within a website
site:URL "widget" If you're looking for something within a large website or a website that doesn't offer a site search option, you can use a search engine to actually peek within the website itself and find what you're looking for. For example, site:websearch.about.com "free movies" will return all results from the web address websearch.about.com for the term "free movies".
2. Find inbound linksDetermine what sites are linking to a specific website address by using link:URL. It does make a difference if you include the "www" or not in the number of links returned. For example: link:http://www.widget.com OR link:http://widget.com.
3. Exclude domains while searching for backlinksIf you'd like to see what websites are linking to a specific URL without including the originating website address, you'll want to use this command: www.widget.com -site:www.widget.com. This shows you all the pages actually linking to widget.com, minus the pages within its own domain.
4. Search for a word within a linkSearch for pages that have whatever word you specify anywhere in the host name, path name, or filename. Different search engines offer different ways to accomplish this:
- Yahoo: inurl:puppy
- Google: allinurl: puppy OR inurl: puppy
- Bing: inurl: puppy
5. Limit your search to a specific top level domainLimit your search to only those top level domains that you specify you want results from. For example:
- site:.edu baseball
- site:.org celebrity charity auction
- site:.gov "tax forms"
6. Search for similar linksIt's very easy to find websites that are similar to ones you're already familiar with. Simply type related:www.widget.com and your search results will return sites related to the one you're already looking at (this works in Google only).
7. Get instant information about a linkIf you looking for fast information about a particular website, the easiest way to do it is info:whitehouse.gov. This simple search brings back a short synopsis about what the website is all about (Google only).
8. Find a fileYou can easily search for a specific type of file; for example, if you are looking for biology information and would like to limit your search to only PowerPoint results:
- Google: biology filetype:ppt