Google search operators – easier ways to search for images in google search engine

Amarnath Prabhakar August 17, 2009 0

As a blogger it is important a blog post is captivating and using an image is one of the methods to make an article attractive. An attractive article will attract more traffic and stickiness and better the stickiness better the revenues.

For this reason it requires bloggers to search for images on search engines and other avenues like flickr or some stock photo websites. If you have searched for specific images with specific subjects, you will know that searching for images is a daunting task.

The task of searches becomes easier if we understand the search operators and use them when needed. In this article we would look at various search operators that can be used to search images online.

Find below the explanation and illustration on the usage of search operators,

allintitle:
Starting your search query with allintitle: will ensure google restricting results to those containing all the query terms you specify in the title for regular google searches. This is the case for text searches and for image search, the operator allintitle: will return images having names as specified in the term. This search operator is used when you want to search for terms as a phrase

intitle:
This is similar to the allintitle: search phrase and the only difference is that, this search operator is used for finding results for single words. This will return results if the search term is contained in the document name.

allinurl:
Starting your query with allinurl: will ensure Google restricting results to those containing all the query terms you specify in the URL. This search operator is used for a search phrase.

inurl:
This is similar to the allinurl: search operator and this is used if the search requires a single word than a phrase.

filetype:
This is a search operator that can be used if you require the search results to return a specific file type. We know that the images are primarily under three file types which are .jpg, .bmp, .gif. There are also filetypes like .png, .psd, etc which are specific to the software used.

So, including the filetype: as a suffix in your query, Google will return the results to pages whose names end in that suffix.

site:
Another google search operator, when used will return results from the specific website. For example: If you include site:problogger.net in your query, Google will return your search results to the site or domain you specify. All the image results will be from problogger.net.

There we have it, six ways to search for images on google search engines. This makes life easier for bloggers and website owners who need images for their day to day tasks.

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