Some of the things that people use Google searching for include:
- mastering culinary skills
- shopping for the perfect gift
- planning trips
- finding something to do
- curating business related information and more
Here is a list of 9 tips to help make your Google Search more effective”
- Keep it simple: Start by entering a basic name or word. If you’re looking for a place or product in a specific place, enter the name along with the town or zip code.
- Less is more: Start with short search terms, then refine your results by adding more words.
- Ignore punctuation: Search ignores punctuation, including @#%^*()= and other special characters.
- Ignore spelling: Google’s built-in spell checker automatically defaults to the most common spelling of any word.
- Use web friendly words: Search engines match the words you enter to pages on the web. So for example instead of saying my head hurts say headache since that is more likely a term medical sites will use.
- Search with an exact phrase: adding quotation marks around your words will get you results with those words in the order in which they are entered into your search. e.g. “William J Clinton” will only include content where that name appears exactly as is written.
- Use descriptive words: the more unique the word the more relevant the results
- Cases don’t matter: search engines ignore upper and lower cases.
- Ignore common words in your search: you can enter a minus sign immediately (no space) before a word to exclude it from a search. e.g. tea -teaparty will exclude content with the term “tea party” but return content with the word tea.
Even with all the tips provided above, one question remains: how many of you are using the available tools to get the best results from your searching? How many of you are finding only dated information from your search results? Did you know that Google search provides a tool to control how new or old the content is that shows in your search?