How To Use Google For Kodi – Using the Site: Operator

One of the most frequent situations we come across is people not being able to find solutions to problems they are having with Kodi.  Be it finding and addon, or finding a solution to a problem they are having.  Anyone that has participated in a forum or discusssion group and have seen the questions asked knows what I’m talking about.  The fact is, most people have no idea how to really use google to find what they want and, because there is so much information on Kodi out there from so many different sites and sources, using some Google savvy can really help you AND the community you’re a part of.

For example, here are some of the most common questions that we see in support requests and on discussion forums, Facebook pages:

  1.  I’m always getting buffering/Why is it buffering?
  2.  Is Genesis down?
  3.   What is a good box for Kodi?
  4. Where do I find the … addon?
  5.  How do I install the … addon?

The list can go on.  So, the questions are:  Did you look for it?  How did you look for it?

Let’s look at what putting the first search item gives us:

google search

So, how do we get a little more out of google?  You can use Google operators to help you narrow your search criteria or even search a particular site using google.  Here are a list of Google operators (from Google itself).

Symbol How to use it
+ Search for Google+ pages or blood types
Examples: +Chrome or  AB+
@ Find social tags
Example: @agoogler
$ Find prices
Example: nikon $400
# Find popular hashtags for trending topics
Example: #throwbackthursday
- When you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes sites with that info from your results. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.
Examples: jaguar speed -car or pandas -site:wikipedia.org
" When you put a word or phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as the ones inside the quotes. Only use this if you’re looking for an exact word or phrase, otherwise you’ll exclude many helpful results by mistake.
Example: "imagine all the people"
* Add an asterisk as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. .
Example: "a * saved is a * earned"
.. Separate numbers by two periods without spaces to see results that contain numbers in a range.
Example: camera $50..$100

Search operators

Search operators are words that can be added to searches to help narrow down the results. Don’t worry about memorizing every operator, because you can also use the Advanced Search page to create these searches.

Operator How to use it
site: Get results from certain sites or domains.
Examples: sports site:kodinow.com and sports site:.com
link: Find pages that link to a certain page.
Example: link:youtube.com
related: Find sites that are similar to a web address you already know.
Example: related:kodinow.com
OR Find pages that might use one of several words.
Example: sports access OR ProTV
info: Get information about a web address, including the cached version of the page, similar pages, and pages that link to the site.
Example: info:google.com
cache: See what a page looks like the last time Google visited the site.
Example: cache:kodinow.com

Note: When you search using operators or punctuation marks, don’t add any spaces between the operator and your search terms. A search for site:kodinow.com will work, but site: kodinow.com won’t.

Ok so let’s give that a try.  Let’s say that we want to search for adult addons for kodi (don’t judge me).  Here is what the search results look like using different operators:  so the search operator is going to be:  adult addons site:kodinow.com

This is what is returned, all posts from http://kodinow.com that relate to adult addons:

adult site operator

Now you can use this for many different issues that you have and search directly to your favourite sites.  Something like this:  fix buffering site:kodi.tv gives you a bunch of links to buffering related threads and articles on the main kodi.tv forum and site.

Tomorrow we will cover some to the different site operators and search methods, in the meantime play around with it and you will see that you not only get more out of searching for kodi solutions but on just about anything else you are searching for!

 

 

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