Is there a right or wrong way of Googling? Maybe it’s not as simple as that. But the fact is – We sometimes waste a great deal of time with filtering out irrelevant search results and “go on searching” the Google results list until we finally find what we were looking for. Today we will show you some helpful Google search tips.
What can we do? Quite simply: Google professionally! With a handful of little tricks and shortcut commands, you can take steps to ensure that the results in your Google search are as exact as possible.
Googling successfully – basic tips
Generally, the following applies: The language or style you use plays a vital role for the search results displayed by Google. Meaning that if you’re looking for medical terms, for instance, it is essential to use technical terms; otherwise, you land on a discussion page in some forum in which lay-people diagnose virtually everything, from an itchy big toe to a heart attack.
Better Google search results with additional terms
Be as specific as possible when you Google. Support your actual search term with matching additional terms, and you will immediately get better results. One simple example: instead of “restaurant Liverpool”, you write “sushi restaurant Liverpool”. If your search term doesn’t produce the best results, look in a thesaurus or the relevant specialist literature for other terms.
Clicking instead of typing – use the Google filter and the search options
The Google filter and the search options are probably the easiest way for narrowing down the amount of search results without having to remember shortcut commands. With the filter, you determine whether you want pictures, maps, news, apps, books or shopping options to be displayed. With the “Google search options”, you can define country, language, location and time of your results.
Google auto-complete – blessing, curse or just funny?
The auto-complete of Google collects the most frequently searched terms and their contexts. Based on this, it gives you suggestions for your search request already while you’re typing a search query. Often, this gives reasons to laugh (or shake your head).
The main Google commands
You should enter the following characters or terms (also referred to as Google operators) together with your search term in the Google search box as described. Important: Make sure you don’t use spaces behind the colons.
– A minus excludes the term after it from your Google hit list. For example: If you’re looking for an Theresa who has nothing to do with the Prime Minister , you enter Theresa-May. Obviously, a + does exactly the opposite.
“Term Term” The use of quotation marks is especially useful in the search for people or quotations. If you search in Google for your childhood friend Jack Smith, for example, you should absolutely use quotation marks. Then Google recognises Jack Smith as a search term that belongs together and only shows you the results for all Jack Smiths in the United Kingdom instead of all the Jacks and all the Smiths.
OR. You can enter two terms here, and Google delivers all results that either contain the one or the other term. AND is the logical counterpart to OR. It is useful when you have complex or connected search queries. Example: With May OR Johnson, the first two results in the hit list are the Wikipedia entries for Theresa May and Boris Johnson, respectively. If you enter May AND Johnson instead, you only get Web sites that contain both terms.
site: With this additional Google command, you can scan only certain sites. Example: With the search request virus removal site:www.trustatec.co.uk only entries on the subject of virus removal by TrustATec Web sites will be displayed.
ext: This operator is a great help in searching for files in Google. If you’re searching for a PDF, for instance, just enter ext:PDF behind your actual search term. Normal HTML Web sites are then filtered out from the Google results.
intitle: Enter the search term directly behind the colon, and only those Web sites will be displayed that contain the googled term in the title.
define: If you put this Google operator before your search term, the hit list will show those sites on which the term is explained or defined. This means mostly Wikipedia or dictionary entries.
*: With Google, the asterisk stands for a space. Quite helpful in searching for quotes, for example. If you enter “john lennon said*”, Google will show you all Web sites containing exactly these terms, after which something else follows.
Do you have any more tips about Googling “correctly”? Then please let us know in the comments!