We use search engines like Google every day to search for different things—music, videos, articles, images, and all sorts.
Google’s algorithm analyses search queries and try to find the best results that match those queries, but there are ways you can streamline your search queries to save yourself from going through results that are irrelevant to your interests. You can be more specific about what you are looking for so that Google can prioritize the search results better.
Directly specifying what you want is a great way to get the exact results or best matches for your particular interests.
In the rest of this article, I’ll share six (6) search tips you can use to improve your search experience on Google.
Here are the results:
Apparently, there are no results with the keywords in that order.
This tip is helpful when you want to strictly ensure that the search results have keywords in a particular order.
When you search on Google, it uses its rankings to get the top website with the supposed results you are looking for. However, you can specifically tell Google to only give you results from a specific website.
For example, a search like search engines site:kirupa.com will give:
It’s just like going to kirupa.com and then searching for search engines. But it is easier by using the search bar at a go.
Say you want to search for something, but you do not know the complete phrase for it, for example, the lyrics for a song. You know the song goes, “we are going to be something something something but we love you”. You do not remember what goes in place for “something something”. This scenario is where the asterisks come in.
You can search for song lyrics we are going to be *something something* but we love you, and you get this result:
Google provided these results which match we, are, going, to, be, but, we, love, and you and something else in place of the asterisk.
Here’s another example, How to build * with Python:
In the first five projects, the asterisk is replaced with “a Website”, “an API”, “Create Mobile Apps”, HANGMAN” and “A Mobile App” respectively
On Google, you can specify that the search results should be those without certain words. This tip helps you streamline your search and allows you to be more specific.
For example, without the hyphen character, how to build a landing page:
And with the hyphen character, excluding “wix” from the search results, how to build a landing page -wix:
When you search on Google, it brings out the results with the best search engine rankings regardless of the file types. In a search result page, you can find results including PDFs, videos, articles, images and so on.
Using the tips shared in this article helps you get better results that are more related to what you want. This list is non-exhaustive as there are many more keywords with different use cases, but this list highlights some beneficial ones.
In summary, use:
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