Google Search Operators

Many of you who use Google as your preferred search engine might find the following operators useful, efficient and most of all “time-saving”.

You do not need special training to search for the contact number of a leading local bank or the website of a supermarket in town on Google. It’s as simple as just typing in the name of the bank or supermarket and hitting the search button, which will return your required information instantly.

What if you are looking for a particular product of which the name is only half known or not so popular?

On such instances it is not so easy as just typing those words (only if you remember). It may take you hours to find the exact piece of information you are after. Time is precious and you cannot afford to spend hours searching for something which you require immediately.

This is when using search operators comes handy, it is efficient and will save you time, effort and resources. If you find this information useful please email or share this with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon or Reddit. You can also use the print option to get a printout for yourself.

This Search Finds Pages Containing…
biking Sri Lanka the words biking and Sri Lanka
recycle steel OR iron information on recycling steel or recycling iron
I have a dream the exact phrase I have a dream
salsa dance the word salsa but NOT the word dance
Louis +I France information about Louis the First (I), weeding out other kings of France
castle ~glossary glossaries about castles, as well as dictonaries, lists of termsterminology, etc.
fortune-telling all forms of the term, whether spelled as a single word, a phrase, or hyphenated
define:imbroglio definitions of the word imbroglio from the Web

Google also serves as a Calculator

Operators Meaning Type Into Search Box (& Results)
+ – * / basic arithmetic 12 + 34 – 56 * 7 / 8
% of percentage of 45% of 39
^ or ** raise to a power 2^5 or 2**5
old units in new units convert units 300 Euros in USD130 lbs in kg, or 31 in hex
city1 city2 Book flights. sfo bos
(Book flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Boston (BOS).)
site: Search only one website or domain. Halloween
(Search for information on Halloween gathered by the US Census Bureau.)
[#]..[#] Search within a range of numbers. Dave Barry pirate 2002..2006
(Search for Dave Barry articles mentioning pirates written in these years.)
(or ext:)
Find documents of the specified type. Form 1098-T IRS filetype:pdf
(Find the US tax form 1098-T in PDF format.)
link: Find linked pages, i.e., show pages that point to the URL.
(Find pages that link to Warrior Librarian‘s website.)

More of these type of search operators can be found at

Page Rank Update From Google

Have you Webmasters and SEO‘s noticed a sudden dance in your rankings and unusual activity on Google lately?  There was a change in Google Search for number of competition,  A keyword which had over 8 million competition on SERP (Search Engine Result Page) dropped to around 5 million while one of our sites ranking for that keyword suddenly jumped up over 120 positions to the top 3.

It has been the  longest awaited Page Rank update ever since last April. Many websites of Page Rank 0 has been promoted to 1. Many web masters across the globe have been waiting for this change for a long time.

Our clients have been very much relieved as they had their website PR increase,  If your website’s PR went up too! Congratulations, all your SEO efforts and experiments have paid off and you deserve it.

Proud to be the first blog to report on Google PR (Page Rank) update in Sri Lanka.

Happy SEO

Farhan Fawzer

Sudden weather change in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The start of this year has been very different to the ones before in many ways. One of the differences is that the warm days of Colombo have been suddenly stolen by the cold weather. How many of you are enjoying the Nuwara-eliya like climate in Colombo? I really love the present weather, so enjoy while it lasts.

I’m tired of the wrong predictions from the Met Department, so I  get my temperature update from Google. Don’t need to wait for the hourly news update on the Television or Radio. Want know how to get the current temperature and forecast of world cities including Colombo instantly, just go to Google and type in “weather (name of city)” and enter. Eg. weather colombo, the present temperature and forecast of Colombo is displayed in a flash.

The temperature in Colombo dropped to 18.8 Degrees C (65 Fahrenheit) on the 13th of January 2011. It is the lowest in 61 years, the last time it happened way back in 1950.

Meanwhile, on the same day the temperature in Nuwara Eliya (typical little England) dropped to 7.9 Celsius and the eastern part of the island, Batticaloa, recorded 16.9 Celsius.

By Farhan Fawzer SEO Sri Lanka online services

Google, Bing, Facebook & Twitter Update

This is no breaking news for some, but for some it is a great piece of news. Finally, Google and Bing let the cat out about Facebook and Twitter when it comes to weighing against ranking a website.

Those who have been excessively using Facebook and Twitter for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) would be highly pleased.

The below conversation took place at an official meeting between an expert SEO, Danny Sullivan and Bing and Google.

Danny Sullivan: If an article is retweeted or referenced much in Twitter, do you count that as a signal outside of finding any non-nofollowed links that may naturally result from it?

Bing: We do look at the social authority of a user. We look at how many people you follow, how many follow you, and this can add a little weight to a listing in regular search results. It carries much more weight in Bing Social Search, where tweets from more authoritative people will flow to the top when best match relevancy is used.

Google: Yes, we do use it as a signal. It is used as a signal in our organic and news rankings. We also use it to enhance our news universal by marking how many people shared an article.

WHAT THIS MEANS: You need to be on Twitter and sharing content that gets retweeted!

Danny Sullivan: Do you try to calculate the authority of someone who tweets that might be assigned to their Twitter page. Do you try to “know,” if you will, who they are?
Bing: Yes. We do calculate the authority of someone who tweets. For known public figures or publishers, we do associate them with who they are. (For example, query for Danny Sullivan)

Google: Yes we do compute and use author quality. We don’t know who anyone is in real life 🙂

Danny Sullivan: Do you calculate whether a link should carry more weight depending on the person who tweets it?

Bing: Yes.

Google: Yes we do use this as a signal, especially in the “Top links” section [of Google Realtime Search].

WHAT THIS MEANS: You need to be actively building your follower base and improve your “author authority” (so your tweets and retweets of your tweets help you more and carry more weight).

We now know that those link sharing activities on Twitter + Facebook are evaluated based on the person/entity sharing them through a score Google calls “Author Authority,” and Bing calls “Social Authority.”

If you aren’t yet on Twitter or Facebook (with a Fan Page) please contact us to get a quote and get going – it’s only going to become more important as time goes on.

If you are already on Twitter and/or Facebook but think you may need some help, let us review what you are doing and see how we can help!

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By Farhan Fawzer SEO Sri Lanka online services

Creating a Google Sitemap for your website

Today lets take a look at Sitemaps and how to submit them to Google.

A Sitemap is an XML file that contains the URLs of all the web pages in your site. You create this file and submit it to Google so that Googlebot will read it. You can specify certain parameters in the file such as the location (URL) of your web pages, when they were last modified and how frequently the pages are updated

It is important from a SEO’s point of view to tell Google where all of your web pages are, so you can improve your website visibility in their index. Submitting a Sitemap to Google may improve your rankings by getting an unlinked or deeply linked page into the index that wasn’t previously. It is worth to create an XML Sitemap for Google, if you are concerned about search rankings and SEO.

There are a number of sites where you can generate a free XML Sitemap.

The following steps will take you through to create and submit a Sitemap of your own.

  1. Firstly, you need to have a list of your websites URLs.
  2. Visit nothing to worry about it is 100% free. Type your websites URL and hit the submit button and your XML Sitemap will be generated. 
  3. Once you have your Sitemap you must now submit the Sitemap to Google. Visit and login with your Google account. Don’t have one? Don’t worry – that’s free, too.
  4. Don’t forget to update your Sitemap if you change the URLs or add new pages to your site.
Hope you found this information useful
Happy SEO
By Farhan Fawzer SEO Sri Lanka online services