Be a more effective Google User October 24, 2015Posted by Edwin Ritter in Social Media.
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Every time we surf the web, we use a search engine at least once. Go to your favorite search engine web site, enter a phrase or two and select a result on what you are looking for. Typical scenario, right? A search engine might even be the default web site whenever you open up a browser. While the search engines have vastly improved and have been in use a long time, are you searching beyond the basics? Are you aware of ways to improve the results, hone your search technique? Maybe it’s time for a refresher on the ways to search.
A few of the search tips to be a more effective user include:
Quotes – to search for an exact phrase, use quotes around that text as in “exact phrase“.
Search on a particular site – to restrict results to a specific site, enter the search word(s) then add site: as in site:this_site_only.com.
Search for a particular file type – add filetype with a colon and then the suffix. Example : filetype:doc
Search with keywords – Insert keywords such as define, translate or movies in front of the search term.
You can view the complete list of ways to use Google search as the Guide is a great reference. Refer to that page for more on ways to make searching more effective. Part 3 of that guide talks about search tools specifically.
Once you start to use and master these techniques, your search results will improve and search time will be shorter.
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