The internet has been around long enough that no matter what you’re looking for, someone has already asked the same question. The better news is that Google knows those other people already asked that question so that now it’s at your fingertips.
Here are four tips to speed up your Google searches and get more useful results (out of the millions you will typically get for any question).
- Use “Google AutoComplete”.
When you go to www.google.ca and start typing in your search, you will notice that Google instantly tries to guess what you’re going to type. These guesses show up in a drop-down list below your search and the more you type, the more specific the guesses get. That means that as you start typing, watch what drops down. Almost every time, the search terms you want will show up in the list (or the list will give you other or better ideas). Just click the one in the list that you prefer.
- Type your search in the form of a question.
Google understands your intentions and gives you better results. For example, type “Canada Day” and you will get 68,900,00 results. Type “What is Canada Day” and you will get 69,300,000 results. Now, keep in mind that probably only the first 10-15 of those millions of results are of any value, but you see my point. Different phrasing makes a big difference in the results you see.
- Continuing with the above comparison, type “When is Canada Day”, and the results drop all the way to 67,600,000!
My point is that if you are not finding the answer you need in the first page or two of results, change your wording a little and try again.
- Don’t worry about capitals, punctuation and suffixes.
For example, type squirrel, not squirrels or jog not jogged. Without the suffixes, you will get more results. That said, if you want a specific term like jogging, enter it to get specific results. Try this in your searches to see the different results you get.
My best advice is that if you are searching on Google and not finding the answers you need, make a small change to your search terms until you get the types of answers you need. And remember, the best results are in the first couple of pages so don’t waste your time digging further.
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