Google’s search parameters are tricky to learn if you’re not well-versed in it. Every day that you use it, you think you’re getting the hang of it. That is, until Google introduces a new algorithm. By then, you’ll find that it’s like Search is alive; it’s evolving and you have to keep up to be able to get what you absolutely want from it.
Searching through Google still takes careful planning, but that’s not all. Here are some tips on how you can do that.
Quotation Marks are your Friend
It’s one of Google’s worst-kept secrets. Almost everyone who searches regularly on Google knows the difference that a quotation mark makes. It’s a vital piece of most search tips and it helps you search for words which you really need. Use quotation marks to narrow down the list of search results to what you really, absolutely need.
Narrow Down using the ‘minus’ Sign
When searching for particular items, the ‘minus’ sign is a big help. Typing in the ‘minus’ sign before a word lets you eliminate search results that contain that word. If you’d rather limit your search results rather than create searches using quotation marks, you should do this simple act. You’ll be searching more accurately in no time.
Create your Question
Of course, more important than narrowing down or keeping your searches accurate is why you’re asking the question. Once you’ve cleared that up, you’re not going to have any problems creating search queries. Be clear with why you’re doing the search in the first place—why you’re on Google Search—and you’ll get your answers to be clearer.
Document All your Searches
Once you’ve found the results you’re looking for—or a collection of them—you have to jot them down. Record each and every result that came up with your search. It’ll make it easier for you to create a list of things to search for the next time, or search terms to use for the next time you’re going to look for content to use on your copy.
Using the ‘site’ function
Another helpful tip, using the ‘site’ function when you’re looking for a site or an article that was found on a site will get you to that website immediately. It will also get you results of that particular site—a collection of different articles, perhaps, but still the same website search over and over.
Now that you know what to do, it’ll be easier to find sites and create queries. Searching for those copies on Google wouldn’t become such a hard task to do once you’ve put these into practice.