Google develops customers this way, it's a wonder there aren't more orders!

2024-03-15|88 views|Development skills

Google, as the most practical tool for foreign traders, is indispensable for developing clients or conducting background research. While everyone may use it, mastering some search techniques is essential for optimal utilization. In this article, we will share several advanced search syntaxes or commands on Google, hoping to assist everyone.

1. Precision Filtering
Google indexes information from around the globe. Simply using keywords for searches can yield broad results. Therefore, you can refine searches by adding "-" to exclude certain distracting information or "+" to ensure specific information, thus narrowing down search scope and filtering out unnecessary content.
This instruction is useful for excluding domestic platforms or information from peers. Note that there is a space before the symbol and none after. For example, searching "LED light -alibaba" will exclude Alibaba's platform from the search results, while "LED light +alibaba" will only display Alibaba's results related to LED light.
In addition to the aforementioned symbols for exclusion and inclusion, "*" and """" are also commonly used filtering methods. When you remember only part of the remaining search content, you can use "*" to replace it. For instance, searching "foreign trade*" may yield results like "Foreign Trade Bond," "Foreign Trade People," etc. """" is a precise matching method used to exclude related or synonymous results, making it more accurate than the above methods.
2. Specifying Content
In foreign trade work, there are times when you need to find PDF manuals for certain products. You can use the "filetype:" command, with the search format being "filetype:file format + keyword", for example, "filetype:PDF led light". Currently, Google supports multiple file formats, so interested users can give it a try.

In addition to the "filetype:" command, "AND" and "OR" are also commonly used logical operators for searches. "AND" and "OR" are used for inclusive searches, where meeting the criteria of either the preceding or following keyword is acceptable, e.g., "alibaba AND Amazon"; "alibaba OR Amazon".
Furthermore, "inurl:" is a way to find relevant keywords within specific websites, with the command being "inurl:website + keyword", e.g., "inurl:alibaba Led light". This allows you to find Alibaba's website with the keyword Led light included.
3. Specific Titles
Using "intitle:+ keyword" allows you to search website titles containing specific keywords. This method is particularly useful for conducting client background checks or analyzing competitors.
4. Site-specific Search
"site:" is a way to conduct site-specific searches, applicable when you know the client's website. The command is "". The drawback of this method is that if there are pages on the client's website that haven't been indexed, you won't find relevant information.
The "site:" search method is just basic technique; you can combine it with previous methods shared. For example, "intitle:led lamp". If you have time, you can try different combinations, which may lead to unexpected discoveries.
5. Precise Expansion
When you find a quality website or resource, you may want to find more similar websites. You can use "related:+ URL" to conduct such searches. However, note that the results obtained using this method may be mixed, requiring manual filtering.
6. Real-time Information
If you want to find the definition of a word, you can use "define:+ word", similar to the quick lookup function of an electronic dictionary.
To quickly find the time in a certain area, you can use "time * area *".
If you want to quickly translate a word or sentence, you can use "content + translation" or "Chinese + translate".
Additionally, if you want to check the status of a package, you can simply enter the UPS, USPS, or Fedex tracking number directly into the Google search bar to quickly understand the logistics situation.

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