Services
TAYA

They Ask, You Answer Mastery

A coaching & training program that drives unmatched sales & marketing results.

Sales

Sales Performance Mastery

Improve the competencies and close rates of your sales organization.

Web design

Website Mastery

Web design, development & training for your team.

HubSpot

HubSpot Mastery

Everything you need to get the most from HubSpot.

AI Mastery

AI Enablement Mastery

Unlock the power of AI in all aspects of your revenue operations.

Discover how IMPACT’s services can help take your business to the next level. Book a free 30-minute coaching session Book a free 30-minute coaching session
Learning Center
Learning Center

Learning Center

Free resources to help you improve the way you market, sell and grow your business.

Discover how IMPACT’s services can help take your business to the next level. Book a free 30-minute coaching session Book a free 30-minute coaching session

Free: Assessment Does your website build trust with buyers and bring in revenue?

Score My Website
Close

Free: Assessment

Does your website build trust with buyers and bring in revenue?
Take this free 6 question assessment and learn how your website can start living up to its potential.
Score My Website
Search Engine Optimization  |   Infographics

27 Hacks to Quickly Find Almost Anything on Google [Infographic]

Carolyn Edgecomb

By Carolyn Edgecomb

Aug 4, 2019

27 Hacks to Quickly Find Almost Anything on Google [Infographic]

When searching for something in Google, how quickly do you typically find your answer?

Google is fast, but not always as fast as we think. Data shows that it can take anywhere from 1 minute to even 30 minutes (depending on what you’re researching) for users to find what they're searching for.

It doesn’t help that even more people and companies are creating content every day, which can make finding exactly what you’re looking for on Google an exhausting process -- especially if you’re hopping from one result to another.

So, how can you be sure you’ll quickly find what you’re searching for?

With over 30 billion searches a month, it’s no surprise that Google is continuously updating its algorithms to better understand how people are searching so that it can show the most relevant results relevant for any search.

The good news is that there are things you, as a searcher, can do as well to improve your odds of finding the most relevant information quickly.

Utilizing Google for Quick Answers

Quick answers are responses Google can deliver right on the search engine results pages (SERPs), without requiring you as the searcher to click through to a different page for your answer.

You can use quick answers for a range of things, from finding the status of your flight, to figuring out what time a movie is playing near you, as well as identifying the conversions for money, distance, and food unit measurements, to name a few.

Check out the infographic below for other ways you can take advantage of quick answers.

As a company, you can increase the odds that your content will show up as a “quick answer” by optimizing it for Google’s featured snippets.

A featured snippet is displayed above all search results (even Google Ads), and for this reason is sometimes referred to as "position zero." Snippets typically include a summary of the answer to your query as well a link to the web page from which Google is drawing the information.

So, if I’m searching for “how to make a pb&j”, Google will show me the featured snippet as well as additional, similar questions people have asked before displaying other search results.

google -quick-answer-hack

Using Operators to Improve Results

By utilizing special symbols when typing in your search query, you can actually narrow down your search results to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for. There are a variety of ways that marketers can use this functionality.

Let’s take a look at two the most important operators that will make routine Google searches easier.

1. Identify Competitors and Similar Websites

I’m sure you already know who your competitors are, but did you know that you can also find websites similar to yours by using this operator in Google?

related:[website URL]

Keep in mind, you don’t need to add a space between the colon and the website URL (and If you do, you’ll receive results pertaining to your own website rather than competitor sites).

2. Search a Website for Specific/Relevant Content

When publishing content, adding relevant internal links is key for getting visitors to read other content on your site and to optimize your content for search engines.

A great way to easily find that relevant content is by using the operator identified below.

site:[website URL] [keywords]

Here’s an example of articles pertaining to the keyword “Google” on IMPACT’s site, that I might want to consider linking to within this article.

google-website-content-hack

While not every search result will be directly relevant to the content you’re creating, it can be a great starting point, especially if a lot of people on your team are producing content.

Every Day Google Hacks You Should Know About

While there are many Google hacks that make work easier, there are also some hacks that can make your everyday life easier.

Here are a few examples:

1. Searching for Old News Articles

On occasion, you might need to search for historical articles. You can easily do that by going to news.google.com/newspapers, and then searching for your keyword. To narrow down your results you can even implement various operators, including:

  • location:[State / Country]
  • Remove specific words using: - [Word]

2. Identify a Business’s Busy Times

If there’s a new restaurant, brewery, or even business that you want to check out, you can easily identify when they’re busy by searching for the business in Google.

In the search results, on the right side of the page, Google will compile everything you need to know about the business such as reviews, hours of operation, popular times, as well as their contact information.

google-popular-times

3. Flip a Coin

Whether you need to decide who’s washing the dishes tonight or determine who gets to decide the movie you’ll watch during your weekly movie night, Google can give you a hand.

Once you’ve determined who has heads and who has tails, all you have to do is type “flip a coin” into the search bar and Google does the rest.

google-flip-coin-hack

4. Take a Mental Break

If you’re looking for a mental break and want to revisit the days of Atari and classic arcade games, then you’ll want to take advantage of Google’s hidden game Atari Breakout.

google-atari-breakout

All you’ll have to do is enter “atari breakout” in the Google search bar and then toggle over to the image results. Google will take care of the rest.

For more Google Hacks, check out the infographic below.

How-to-Find-Almost-Anything-on-Google

Free: Assessment

Does your website build trust with buyers and bring in revenue?
Take this free 6 question assessment and learn how your website can start living up to its potential.

Related Articles

Content Marketing and AI-Powered Generative Search

September 20, 2023
Vin Gaeta Vin Gaeta

9 SEO Best Practices for Stronger Organic Traffic in 2023

November 18, 2022
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Video SEO: How To Optimize Videos To Drive Traffic to Your Website

May 9, 2022
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

37 Eye-opening SEO Statistics To Nail Your 2022 Search Strategy

April 28, 2022
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

10 Reasons Why Your Website Is Not Ranking In Google

February 10, 2022
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Google Shares New Tools to Audit Website User Experience

August 12, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Google: Website Content Quality More Important Than Quantity

August 10, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

How Long Tail Keyword Research Can Drive Business

August 9, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

How to Optimize Videos On Your Business Website for Search

July 23, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Google: 'Here's how to prepare for the future private web'

July 16, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Too many internal links in content can confuse Google about site structure

July 9, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Google July 2021 core update rolling out over next 2 weeks

July 2, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Inbound Marketing Help: My Traffic And Leads Are Down. What Can I Do?

June 28, 2021
John Becker John Becker

Finally, Google page experience core update is rolling out

June 18, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

What is a Featured Snippet? [Definition + Examples]

June 10, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Google June 2021 core update live, July core update coming

June 4, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Google's June page experience core update will be mobile first, then desktop

May 21, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Google confirms demise of Q&A search feature, Question Hub lives on

April 26, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Big Google algorithm update moved to June with new performance report

April 21, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

No, changing page publish dates won't increase Google search rankings

April 10, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Google: 'zero-click search' claims and data 'misleading'

April 5, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

3 quick SEO fixes that will increase your website rankings right away

March 30, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

10 Google Analytics metrics you absolutely must track (updated)

March 29, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Meet the new Google My Business review management view

March 20, 2021
Carolyn Edgecomb Carolyn Edgecomb

Google Ads help: Top 10 reasons your Google Ads campaigns are failing

March 10, 2021
Jason Linde Jason Linde