The key to modern living is to be tech savvy. The internet has changed people’s behavioural patterns in even small things of life – watching TV, sending letters, listening to music and reading newspapers. Now everything is digital and can be had simply through any Internet enabled device. Even students do not have to memorise texts from voluminous books, all that they need is a computer and Internet access to have the world at their finger tips.
However, to really get the best out of the Internet, you should follow a few specific techniques; otherwise even for simple searches it will be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Here are a few guidelines to help you along but be advised that search techniques vary between search engines and the tips given here are related to Google only.
- Use specific terms – Be as unique and specific as possible in the keywords that you are using for searches if you do not want to be flooded with millions of pages. The more unique you are in your search terms, the narrower will be number of leads that come up before you.
- Use (-) to funnel your search – When you are using generic terms, you will get results that you might not be expecting at all. This is especially true for terms that can have multiple meanings. By using the minus sign, you can remove the results that you do not want. An example will better illustrate this point. If you are searching for caterpillar you might get results related to the insect as well as the company Caterpillar Inc. To eliminate this possibility type in Caterpillar –Inc and you can zero in on the insect only.
- Common words and punctuation have no meaning – Google generally ignores common words like “the” and “a” as well as punctuation marks. But there are exceptions too. These should be used when searching for a specific phrase within quotes and can have a significantly positive impact on search results. For instance, caterpillar and The Caterpillar will show completely different sets of results.
- Ignore suffixes – it is always recommended that you drop suffixes to get exact search results. If you are researching on dogs, type dog and not dogs. Similarly, use eat instead of eating but if you want to know more about the activity of eating use that word and the whole term.
These are a few of the guidelines that you can use for maximising your search results primarily on search engine Google.