Google whacking: tips to get relevant results from Google

Google whacking: tips to get relevant results from Google

Google is the most widely used search engine in today’s time. But it gets a little annoying when we type something to search and do not get accurate and relevant results. So what do we do in such cases? Well, the answer to this is Google Whacking.

What is Google Whacking?

It is a trick by which we can get more relevant and accurate results from google. It resides on patterns which Google search engine understands well and using this you can quickly and effectively get the results that you are looking for.

Let me list down a set of tips that will significantly help you to quickly find your answers on Google:

  • Search pages of a particular website: To search the pages of a particular website you can type ‘site:website name’ in google search.



  • If you want to find out specific type of pages within a particular site, simply add the relative url after the website url

Example: to find all category pages within a website, you can use the following query


  • We all love free ebooks, but finding them is a little difficult. But with google whacking it becomes an easy task. You can easily search for pdf for a particular topic using the ‘filetype:’ keyword

Example: filetype:pdf Abc

This will search for the book Abc and give results of all urls containing pdfs


  • Search for specific words in the results: For searching specific words in the results make use of quotes around that word

Example: To search for words abc, xyz and mno, type the query as “abc””xyz””mno”


  • Excluding certain words from the search, make use of hyphen before the word that you want to exclude

Example: To search for abc and exclude xyz type the query as abc -xyz


  • Find all the sites that link to a particular website: If you are a website owner it is always good to know from where your website gets back links ,that is, from where your website gets linked. You can make you of the ‘link’ keyword to find this.

Example: To find from where is getting linked from, use this in search results:


  • Find sites that are of similar type: You can use the keyword ‘related’ to do this.


  • You can use wildcard character ‘*’ which will act as a placeholder which google can replace later

eg: “features php *”


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