Best Practices for Improving Your Online Search Experience

by | Jul 5, 2011 | Legacy

Google is among the best of the best when it comes to search engines. In fact, Google receives over 300 million visitors and well over 2 billion search queries on any given day. Sadly, the average people performing these searches are not using the search engine to its fullest extent.

There are a countless number of ways that you can target your search more effectively and increase your search experience. Below are a few tips to get you started.

Quotes

Use quotes around words that you are looking for together. Otherwise, you will get results that would randomly contain any or all of the keywords you list. Example: a�?Independence Daya�?.

Minus Sign (-)

Place a minus sign preceding any words you wish to exclude from your search. Example: a�?Michael Jacksona�? -a�?Jackson 5a�?. This will only display results for Michael Jackson, unrelated to the Jackson 5.

Plus Sign (+)

Place the plus sign before any words that you want to include in your search. Example: a�?Michael Jacksona�? +a�?Jackson 5a�?. Now, search results that appear will only showcase topics related to both Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.

Site

Include the website in your search query when you are looking for something specific on any given site. Example: a�?Link Buildinga�? site:ProspectMX.com. The hits are only related to the topic of choice for the site that’s submitted to the operator. This can also be reversed if you’re trying to get results when you want to exclude a site from your results. Example: a�?Fashion Newsa�? -site:FashionNews.com.

Fail

When you’re searching for negative product reviews or even epic sports fails, consider placing the word a�?faila�? immediately following your initial query. Example: a�?sportsa�? fail.

InTitle

Starting your search with a�?InTitlea�? tells the search engine to limit your hits by containing only those terms in the text of the title. Example: InTitle: a�?Top 10 Vacation Spotsa�?.

InText

Including a�?InTexta�? in your search query restricts Google to contain all the words you inquired to appear on the text of the page. Example: InText: a�?Top 10 Vacation Spotsa�?.

InURL

By placing a�?InURLa�? in your search, you are telling the operator to place the words as they appear in the website URL of the search results. Example: InURL: a�?Top 10 Vacation Spotsa�?.

Happy Googling!


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