Google Search – 18 Tips for Effective search

Google tips

In every second an average of 40,000 search queries are processed by Google. More details about Google stats. As a tech me also doing so many searches in google to get the fixes for the issues that I encountered with the servers, that I managed. Actually, we are not using google search at its full potential. I am giving some tips and tricks to maximize your search efficiency.

Google Search Tips

  • 5 – 7 Keywords
  • Use quotes
  • Gradually add search terms
  • Use an asterisk
  • Use your search history
  • Don’t worry about spelling
  • Keep it simple
  • Find sports scores easily
  • Search for two things at once
  • Convert currencies
  • Current time
  • Timer
  • Do maths
  • Ask Google what the weather is
  • Define a word
  • Use a colon to search specific sites
  • Use hyphens to exclude words
  • Use the tabs

5 – 7 Keywords

Search Engine algorithm search for the keywords and narrow down the results according to your keywords and its concentration in the site. You can narrow your search results by adding more keywords.

Use quotes

When searching for something specific, try using quotes to minimize the guesswork for Google search. When you put your search parameters in quotes, it tells the search engine to search for the whole phrase. The search engine will search for content that contains those key words in any order. However, if you search using quotes, it will search for that phrase exactly as you typed it.

Gradually add search terms

First search with simple keywords and gradually add more words to narrow the search results to get better results.

Use an asterisk

Use an asterisk within quotes to specify unknown or variable words

Use your search history

If you’ve searched for something before and want to find it again, you can always use your own search history. This requires you to login into google account, while you are searching. You can go to http://google.com/history to see all of your prior searches. I always login into my google account while I am online, so all my searches will be stored in google history.

Keep it simple

Google Search has had a lot of improvements over the years to fill in the context for you. If you try to search for things too specifically, then you’re not putting those improvements to good use.

Search for two things at once

Using the word OR between two search terms you can search for both at once. This is helpful if you want to search for multiple terms at once, or if you’re not entirely sure what you need to search for.

Define a word

It can be your personal dictionary if you want. At any point you can always ask Google to define a word for you and generally it’ll tell you the meaning.

Use a colon to search specific sites

There may be an instance where you need to Google search for articles or content on a certain website. The syntax is very simple and we’ll show you below.

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Use hyphens

Google does recognize some symbols to perform certain actions. For instance, if you use hyphens in a search, it tells Google to exclude that word from the search.

Use the tabs

Use the tabs in Google search. On the top of every search are a number of tabs. Usually you’ll see Web, Image, News, and More. Using these tabs, you can help define what kind of search you need to do. If you need images, use the Image tab.

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