Contact us today!
217-428-6449

Network Solutions Unlimited Blog

Tip of the Week: How to Properly Search Google

Tip of the Week: How to Properly Search Google

Google is the most visited website in the world. That distinction doesn’t come easily as 4.2 billion people are active users of the Internet. Google claims to process around 3.5 billion search queries per day, or 1.2 trillion searches per year. As a result, it has become the world’s most successful advertising site, which can actually be a hindrance for users looking to get information about a subject.

Google.com
We should begin by saying that there are very few resources in the world as useful as google.com. In fact, the act of searching the Internet is now the verb “google”. With that kind of success, it isn’t a surprise that people could get a little frustrated when they “google” a query only to not get the results they were expecting. This scenario is exactly why you should learn that there are search commands that you can make inside of Google search to help you get the results you are looking for. Today, we will look at a few ways that you can get the search result you are after, not the one corporations pay a pretty penny to give you.

Google Search Tip #1: Use the Tabs
Depending on your search query, you may want to get an image, or a video, or some news. Google provides this functionality on every search results page. There are tabs for images, news, videos, maps, shopping, books, flights, and finance. By selecting these options, you will get results that are more in line with what you wanted your query to return.

Google Search Tip #2: Use Quotes
If you are searching for something specific, using quotes can help you minimize the amount of results returned that don’t exactly match your search query.

Example: “happy days”

By putting your search parameters in quotes, it searches the term or phrase exactly as you typed it rather than using the keywords in any order. This can return more specific information.

Google Search Tip #3: Use a Hyphen to Exclude Words
Lots of words in English have multiple meanings. If you find yourself entering a search query that you know will return ambiguous results because the term has multiple meanings, try searching the term, add a space, and then subtract the meanings you don’t want to see.

Example: scale -weight

By removing the topic of one of the homonyms from the equation, you will get more targeted and accurate results.

Google Search Tip #4: Use a Colon to Search Specific Sites
If you know what you are looking for, but need to quickly find something on a specific website, using Google to find it is simple. All you have to do is type in the keywords you want to search followed by a space, the command “site:”, and the website.

Example: Virtualization site:azure.microsoft.com

By adding the specific keyword you want to see and the site you want to search, Google will return some extremely specific search results.

Google Search Tip #5: Search Locally
Google knows way more than you think about you. One thing that Google typically understands is where you are, which means you can literally use Google to find any location in the world, or down the street.

Example: Laundromats nearby.

By searching for anything you need, you can get a list of local services, restaurants, and other locations; and, the directions to get there.

Google Search Tip #6: Don’t Always Avoid the Ads
We’ve all had it ingrained in our brains to avoid clicking ads on the Internet, but Google has a very complex vetting process when it delivers ads based on your search. Businesses pay for these ads and choose the destination, but Google’s bots are always checking to make sure the pages the ads lead to are relevant. Ads that are misleading or lead to dangerous or questionable content get blocked from the system quickly. Sometimes you might find a good product or service that you may not have ran across organically.

Knowing how to use Google search properly will be of great benefit for almost any person that utilizes the world's’ most popular site. For more great tips and tricks, visit our website regularly and be sure to subscribe to our blog.

How to Maintain Your Employees’ Health for Everyon...
Contemporary Cyber Threats You Should Know
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Monday, April 22 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code

Tag Cloud

History Business Intelligence Touchpad Telephone Systems Upgrade Miscellaneous Chrome Spyware Server Monitor Content Filter Save Time HaaS Meetings Government Microsoft Upgrades File Sharing Regulation Managed IT Virtual Assistant Business Continuity Content Mobile Device Sales Hybrid Cloud YouTube Keyboard OneNote Apps Save Money Virtual Private Network Wireless Computing Google Antivirus Printing Computer Fan Data Protection Devices Printers Hosted Solutions Office 365 WiFi Laptop Compliance Electronic Medical Records Smartphone Training Avoiding Downtime VPN Internet Exlporer Specifications How to Samsung Colocation Microsoft Word Techology BYOD Consultant Computer Computers Automobile Windows Ink Users Password Travel Quick Tips Black Market Chromebook Root Cause Analysis Business Management Advertising Identity Theft Troubleshooting Employee Updates Maintenance Malware Router IT Support Monitoring Data Backup Mobile Security Productivity Retail CrashOverride Streaming Media Monitors Microsoft Office Disaster Recovery Search Computer Forensics HBO Tablets Sports Amazon Windows 10s Managed IT Service Wi-Fi Social Engineering iOS Financial Technology Lifestyle Going Green Budget Hyperlink Unified Communications Worker Commute Management Company Culture Loyalty Students Recovery Credit Cards WPA3 Hard Disk Drive Testing Managed Service Provider Internet exploMicrosoft Charger Patch Management Public Computer User Error Accessory Humor Books Adobe Shortcut Telephony Network Risk Management Mobility Peripheral Spam Public Cloud Gmail Encryption Firewall SMB Law Enforcement Cybersecurity Language Data Security Hacking HIPAA eWaste Network Security Admin Medical IT Managed IT Services 5G IoT Gifts Efficiency Personal Information Google Docs Financial Assessment Experience Keyboard Shortcuts NFL Operating System Productivity Downtime IT Management Tip of the Week Hard Drive Connectivity E-Commerce Document Management Solid State Drive IT Solutions Edge End of Support Break/Fix Unified Threat Management Application Wireless Internet Cloud Computing Email Redundancy Windows 7 Education Managed IT Services Payroll Phishing Employees Computer Accessories Sync Alexa for Business Excel Small Business Emails Google Drive App Networking Ciminal Instant Messaging Marketing Human Resources Congratulations Windows WannaCry Managed Service Outlook Nanotechnology Internet Settings Identities Private Cloud Analysis Virtualization Phone System Project Management Benefits Augmented Reality Business IT Services Work/Life Balance Passwords Saving Time Twitter Bandwidth Artificial Intelligence Technology IT Service Two Factor Authentication Gamification Mobile Devices Payment Cards Innovation Chromecast Social Media intranet Unsupported Software Proactive IT e-waste IT solutions Customer Video Games Vendor Management Camera Browser Data Management Hackers Wasting Money Content Filtering Smart Technology Vendor Windows 10 Legal Information Ransomware Identity Value Utility Computing Audit Business Owner Holiday Mobile Cortana Google Maps Saving Money Bring Your Own Device Wireless Technology Security Licensing VoIP Applications Alert PDF Microsoft Excel Legislation Vulnerability Best Practices SaaS Audiobook Virtual Reality Smart Tech Transportation Cache Data Breach Scalability MSP File Storage Rootkit Two-factor Authentication Conferencing Voice over Internet Protocol Computing Infrastructure The Internet of Things App store Comparison Security Cameras Television Professional Services Word Google Assistant Machine Learning Office Tips Wireless Charging Cost Management Data Privacy Remote Workers Blockchain Facebook Politics Administration Cloud Emergency Office Communications Projects Gadgets Remote Computing User Tips Robot How To Screen Mirroring Tech Term Entertainment Device Security Co-Managed Services Battery Thank You Workers Big Data Employer-Employee Relationship Backup Computer Care Data hacker Software Commerce Apple Business Technology Reputation Best Practice Dark Web Memory Update Telephone Display Cybercrime Data Storage Privacy IT Support Communication Software as a Service FAQ Bluetooth Worker Mobile Device Management Touchscreen Internet of Things PowerPoint Hardware Remote Monitoring Data Loss Storage Information Technology Physical Security Money Proactive Hard Drives Flexibility Relocation Windows 10 Wasting Time Scam Virus Webinar Evernote Data Recovery Smartphones Employer Employee Relationship Tech Support Hiring/Firing IT budget Cast Cleaning Analytics Access Control Backup and Disaster Recovery Data Theft Employee-Employer Relationship Workplace Tips Business Computing Hosted Solution Safety Shadow IT BDR iPhone USB Collaboration Outsourced IT Managing Stress Fraud Android Automation Spam Blocking Paperless Office Files Websites Health WIndows Server 2008 Data storage