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Google Advance Search Function Demystified

Have you ever searched on Google, of course, you have and with you, over 1.5 Billion people do that every day?  But with such a big number of searches there all almost Trillions of web sites and blogs on Google, which makes it a hefty task to get the right blog post, websites, products or anything that you are looking for.

But no more wasting of time, bouncing from one page to another. With Google Advance search function you can quickly find the right resources that you are looking for.

Here’s how it works, if you type in a specific word or function before your “search query” you filter down unwanted search results and brings out the appropriate website and blogs for you.

So now let’s dig deeper and look for some of the most important function that you could use while searching-

 

Quotes:-

By simply adding quotes (“”) around your search query you trigger the Google search to look for the exact phrase that is between the quotes which give you super-specific results for your query.

For Instances: – “bicycles for teenagers” will give you an absolutely those results which have the exact phrase in them.

If you are still not happy with the result you can use another function like “or”

Or

The word “or” is used for giving options to anybody & in terms of Google search it almost the same. When you use “or” between any two phrases, it indicates the search engine to look for either of the options. You can use this function when you have confusion between words or phrases.

For Instances: – “bikes or bi-cycle” which will show results for both terms.

Minus Sign (-)

The Minus sign function can be used when you are searching for something but want to remove certain search terms from the results.

This function helps you to reduce your search time by a big margin, as all the unwanted search terms and phrases could be directly removed.

For example, “Photo Editing Software-Adobe Photoshop”, this search query will indicate Google that you want to see photo editing software but not by Adobe Photoshop.

City city Function

This is an amazing function if you are a traveller or looking to travel from different cities. It enables you to simply type the names of the two cities and all the flights & trains going between those cities will appear. Isn’t that cool, as it saves up time of looking for airport names, timings and station codes?

For example, just type in “New Delhi Mumbai” and bingo! You have all the trains and flight results waiting for you.

Link

By simply typing in “Link:” Before any URL you direct Google to show up pages which are only connected to the particular URL.

For example, when you search Link:amazon.in, will show all the pages linked from amazon.in

The best thing about this function is that you can use it with other function as well.

..

This seems a tiny function but trust me it does an excellent job when you are searching for a product.

You can use this function between two numbers and get specific products For Instances, Search for Men Jeans Rupees 500..1000 Rupees, and there you find your perfect pair of jeans.

Map

This function enables you to search only for Maps for a location.

If you use “Map:Location” in the search query it will filter it down to only the location with its Map.

Example, Map:Bandra will show you the map directly without directions.

Cache

This function is not for everyone but for those who want to see last time visit on a particular website and its source and cache snapshot.

Just type in cache:abc.com and you will see the results on the top of the screen.

Stocks

If you are a stockbroker or even an investor, to keep a close watch on share prices can be a tough task. Rather than, opening different apps or signing in, Just Google the Company name by Adding “Stocks: “before it and see the real-time prices on the go.

For Example, Stocks: DLF and the results are in front of you.

 

*

By putting in an asterisk before your search query, you can search a specific phrase in an article or a blog post.

This can be useful for searching for any news, important dates or occurring and even blogs.

For Example:- *If you don’t ask, you don’t get it.

In

The in function can be used if you are looking to convert any measurable unit. Just write “In” Between the units and you will see the results.

For Instances, Pounds in Kilograms, and you will the conversion metric of both the units.

Weather

As the name suggests, this function helps you to see the current weather and forecast of any place on the world.

Just type, “weather:NewDelhi” and the weather report will be in front of you.

File Type

This function enables you to search for files on the internet with a specific extension.

Do you remember searching for a jpeg image and once you search you get so many results with png, tif or even HTML format.

But with this function just type the name following with Filetype or Ext function and the results will show the exact file type you are looking for.

For Instances, SEO filetype:jpg/ SEO ext:jpg

Source:

This function searches for mentions of a query in a certain news source.

It allows you to refine your search to a specific topic from a specific channel or media house.

For Instances, New Gadgets source:Digit will give you results from Digit Magazine only.

Allintitle:

This function shows results that have by searching your query in the title tag of their site.

You should use it when you want content with specific titles, such as blog posts or articles. This is especially useful when you want a specific page like a blog post.

For Example, allintitle:Digital Marketing Hacks will search for the exact title.

Intitle:

This function enables you to search for a single term in the title of a page and the other part in the body of the page.

This can be very useful when you are searching for something which is super-specific.

For Example, intitle:SEO Neil Patel  would return results that have “SEO” in the title and “Neil Patel” in the body content

Inblogtitle:

It works almost the same as “allintitle” Function but only searches for blog title to look for.

This is useful when you want results that only include blog posts with a certain word in the title. This ensures that you don’t get news stories or other content formats. Be you have to put your phrase in quotes.

For Example, inblogtitle: “SEO tools in 2020” would show search results that include blog posts with this title

Allinurl:

This function returns search results that have your entire search query in their URLs.

This can be useful when you want to find a specific URL that you know includes one of your terms.

For Example, allinurl:PPC Marketing will search for a website having the whole phrase in it.

Inurl:

By using this function you can easily find out an URL which contains a specific word that you are looking for.

This function differs is a bit  from the “allinurl:” function as it only searches for one word in the URL rather than the whole query.

For Example, inurl:SEO TOOLS, would return results of URLs containing the word “SEO” and that has “TOOLS” somewhere in the content of that URL

Related:

Probably one of the most common and useful functions is related function:  It allows you to see results that are similar to the URL that you search.

This is great for finding sites that are somehow related to your query which can be used for competitor analysis as well as for inspiration from other related websites.

For Example. related:pexels.com would show results that are similar news sites

Info:

This function gives you some vital information about your searched domain. The given information includes similar pages, linked pages, pages with a similar domain, Cache information and URL information etc.

It’s useful when you want to do competitor analysis or simply want to dig deep into a website. You’ll have to follow the links provided after you type the query to get the information.

For Example info: amazon.in would give you information on Amazon India website.

Define:

One of the simplest yet vital functions in Google Advanced Search, the define: function shows definitions of a specific phrase or word.

This allows us to search for the word quickly and without signing up to different online Dictionaries.

For Example:- define: empathy would give you a dictionary definition of the word

Now by using the above strategies searching on Google is not a tiresome experience but a fun experience.

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Headlines and their importance in driving traffic – social media posts, landing pages and banner ads

Let us consider that there is a seller who sells fitness shoes that are incorporated with modern tech to make your workouts more easy and informative. Now suppose this seller wants to advertise these shoes on some social media platform and he needs to choose one headline from these two – “Shoes That Improve Your Workout” or “Fitness Shoes That Feature Perfect Blend Of Comfort & Technology”. Which headline do you think will make more impact?

The problem with the first headline is that even though it tells that the shoes are meant for your workout, it fails to highlight the importance of the modern technology used in these shoes. The second headline, on the other hand, clearly conveys that these shoes are meant for your fitness regime and offer you comfort along with technology. Naturally, the latter makes more sense and is bound to generate more leads than the former.

David Ogilvy, who is regarded as the Father of Advertising, once said: “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” A crisp and informative headline will not only make your content worth reading but also shareable. Be it on a banner ad or a landing page, a succinct headline is a key to attract your target audience. Here are a few tips that can help you to write a good headline:

  1. Never ignore keyword research: Keywords are the fuel for any search engine and it is these words that your potential customers enter while looking for the product they desire to buy. Spend some quality time doing research on the specific keywords or phrases your target audience uses to look for products pertaining to what you are selling.

A headline should always be infused with keywords that have maximum search volume and showcase your needs in an effective manner. As a matter of fact, there are numerous people out there who will share your post the moment they find your headline catchy. You need to sound unique as well because there are many other businesses that are in the same field as you and post almost similar content every day. But, if your headline sounds bold and intriguing, you are sure to woo the customers to your website.

  1. Create a sense of urgency: After reading your headline, a reader should feel like they need your product more than ever and that they should act immediately. A headline that creates urgency is bound to pique the interest of the visitor. You can make use of words like “Now” or ‘Today” in your headline along with the promise of a benefit to get an immediate response. For example: “7 Things You Can Do Now To Increase Your Website Traffic”

Another approach towards creating urgency is by showing a negative consequence in your headline. For example, “5 Mistakes You Are Making While Writing A Headline”. This title makes the visitors want to read the blog to avoid or rectify the mistakes they are making while writing headlines.

  1. Avoid writing misleading headlines: If you wish to develop a relationship with your audience, then you need to be transparent about what you write. A misleading headline that does not relate to your content will displease the readers and they might never come back to your brand even in the future.

Whether it is a social media post or an online advertisement, your headline should be precise and clear. The title should be so crisp that just once glance at your headline and the reader should be able to understand what kind of information he will learn or solutions he will find to his problems. Take a look at the example given below. The heading efficiently conveys that the reader will get to know how to write LinkedIn articles that are shareable.

 

  1. Use numbers wherever necessary: Headlines that contain numbers perform better than the normal headlines because the content belonging to such headlines is considered to be a quick and easy read. Using a small number will show how short your post is and using a high number will tell how detailed the post is.

Research has shown that an odd number generates 20% more traffic than the even number as it quickly grabs the reader’s attention. Also, numbers take less space which comes as an advantage when you are walking on a tight rope when it comes to the total characters for a headline.

  1. Write multiple headlines before choosing one: If you are waiting for a great and productive headline to pop up in your mind and then write it down, then you are probably wasting a lot of time in this process. An effective headline is the byproduct of numerous permutations and combinations before you find ‘the one’.

For an article or online advertisement, you should be ready with at least ten headlines or more. Think and figure out which of these headlines is best suited for your target audience and use it on social media. If you see that it is creating engagement, then you can use it on your banner ad or even on your landing page.

Writing a headline for your blog or social media post is nothing short of an art. You need to be at your best while writing a headline because this headline is going to be the gateway of your post for bringing in clicks and conversions. So, the next time you start brainstorming about a headline, make sure that you apply the tips mentioned above and make it more click-worthy and meaningful.

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Email Marketing Strategy for E-commerce Industry

Having an Email Database of your prospective customer is one of the most valuable aspects of any industry. The email database that you have works like an owned asset and helps to drive sales from those emails. It is also a method to build a brand and increase customer engagement. However, to create a strategy for the collection of the email database and its marketing could be a hefty task for any organization.

If you are working in an E-commerce industry or even if you own an E-commerce company, knowing the importance of audience is a must. When I say “Audience”, it covers everyone from customers, fans, followers, subscribers etc. In order, to create engagement with all these prospective customers, Email marketing is the most cost-effective and less time taking medium one can’t ignore.

The strategies that you use for email marketing is somewhat similar to the way you interact with your customer on social media, like inviting to your webinars, providing product information, resolving their queries etc. But compared to social media it is a bit difficult to engage a customer through email if there is no email marketing strategy.

Following are some of the email campaign & triggers where customer engagement is pretty high:-

  • Abandoned Cart Emails: Those customers who logged on to your website, added products on the cart and didn’t complete the transaction should be targeted with abandoned cart emails. Some of the research shows that after sending the email, an average of 15%-20% of customers did complete their transaction. For doing so you first need to inform the customer about the product on the shopping cart and encouraging him/her to complete the purchase by either providing more details of the product or by giving a discounted price which would entice the customer to make the purchase.
  • UpSell & Cross-Sell Emails: These emails are sent in order to pursue the customer to make an additional purchase or an alternate purchase of the products he/she was looking for. Generally, we can target them with sending product emails which are a complement to his earlier purchases or any substitute products the customer might be interested in. Typically it creates an average of 0.55% conversion which is not bad.
  • Promotional-Offer Emails: Everyone loves a discount, and it’s one of the most powerful driving force to encourage the customer to complete a purchase. So sending emails related to offers, promotions, coupon-codes will have an impact on overall sales. An average of 1.04% of customers is converted from such emails.
  • Loyalty & Engagement Emails: In order to build up a long term relationship with your customer it’s very important to keep them remembered even after they have completed the sales. By sending emails on their birthdays, special occasions or a simple email proving some brand-related information could add a lot of value in your long term success.
  • Sweepstakes or Contest Emails: Sending emails related to any contest or fun games by which the customer might win something will have a great engagement and increase your skyrocket your email signups. However, these customers have a short time span to convert so be ready with some amazing follow-up emails to target them.

The reality of internet traffic and targeted traffic is once they come to your website, they rarely visit it again due to noise and short attention period on the Internet. So by sending emails that create an impact is very much necessary for your success. Not having a proper email marketing strategy is like “leaving money on the table”. So start preparing your email list and set yourself for success

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