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Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Let's say you want to search Google for restaurants specializing in pizza-- how can you get great results in such a search? Well, you can try it this way:

pizza AROUND(2) restaurant

The operator, AROUND(2), tells Google you're looking for web pages where your keywords appear within two words of each other. Operator is all caps, with no space between (2) and operator.

Works even better if you do it this way for multiple word cities:

pizza AROUND(2) restaurant "St. Louis"

or this way for one word cities:

pizza AROUND(2) restaurant chicago

Now you're telling Google what locality to concentrate on (change "St. Louis" to whatever city you're in). Bon appetit!

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