Google Search Tips & Tricks that will enhance your results.

August 24, 2018

 

Well, most post is a day late but hopefully not a dollar short. Enjoy!

 

According to www.SearchEngineWatch.com (8/24/2018), the Google Search engine has 1.6 billion unique monthly visitors making it the #1 most popular search engine by a landslide. Bing came in at a distant 2nd place (400 million unique visitors).

 

As prolific as Google Search is, there are many old & new search-related tips & tricks that many of us aren't familiar with. As a courtesy of Google, I have listed 4 key categories describing ways you can change the way you search and improve your results:

 

1) Find Quick Answers:

  • Weather: Search weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name, like weather seattle, to find weather for a certain place.

  • Dictionary: Put define in front of any word to see its definition. 

  • Calculations: Enter a math equation like 3*9123, or solve complex graphing equations.

  • Unit conversions: Enter any conversion, like 3 dollars in euros.

  • Sports: Search for the name of your team to see a schedule, game scores and more. 

  • Quick facts: Search for the name of a celebrity, location, movie, or song to find related information.

2) Common search techniques that may not be so common to many:

  • Search social media: Put @ in front of a word to search social media. For example: @twitter.

  • Search for a price: Put $ in front of a number. For example: camera $400.

  • Search hashtags: Put # in front of a word. For example: #throwbackthursday

  • Exclude words from your search: Put - in front of a word you want to leave out. For example, jaguar speed -car

  • Search for an exact match: Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example, "tallest building".

  • Search for wildcards or unknown words: Put a * in your word or phrase where you want to leave a placeholder. For example, "largest * in the world".

  • Search within a range of numbers: Put .. between two numbers. For example, camera $50..$100.

  • Combine searches: Put "OR" between each search query. For example, marathon OR race.

  • Search for a specific site: Put "site:" in front of a site or domain. For example, site:youtube.com or site:.gov.

  • Search for related sites: Put "related:" in front of a web address you already know. For example, related:time.com.

  • Get details about a site: Put "info:" in front of the site address.

3) Take advantage of the Advanced Search features to further filter your WEBSITE results:

  • Go to the Advanced Search page.

    • Advanced Search for websites

  • In the "Find pages with" section, enter your search terms.

  • In the "Then narrow your results by" section, choose the filters you want to use. You can use one or more filters.

  • Click Advanced Search to filter on the following:

    • Language

    • Region

    • Last updated date

    • Site or domain

    • Where the search terms appear on the page

    • SafeSearch

    • Reading level

    • File type

    • Usage rights (find pages that you have permission to use)

    • Tip: You can also use many of these filters in the search box with search operators.

3) Take advantage of the Advanced Search features to further filter your IMAGE results:

  • Go to the Advanced Search page.

    • Advanced Search for images

  • In the "Find pages with" section, enter your search terms.

  • In the "Then narrow your results by" section, choose the filters you want to use. You can use one or more filters.

  • Click Advanced Search to filter on the following:

    • Size

    • Aspect ratio

    • Color

    • Type (face, animated, etc.)

    • Site or domain

    • Filetype

    • SafeSearch

    • Usage rights (find images that you have permission to use)

4) Find images, text, and videos you can reuse:

  • Go to Advanced Image Search for images or Advanced Search for anything else.

    • In the "all these words" box, type what you want to search.

    • In the "Usage rights" section, use the drop-down to choose what kind of license you want the content to have.

    • Select Advanced Search.Note: Before reusing content, make sure that its license is legitimate and check the exact terms of reuse. For example, the license might require that you give credit to the image creator when you use the image. Google can't tell if the license label is legitimate, so they don't know if the content is lawfully licensed.

    • Types of usage rights:

      • Free to use or share: Allows you to copy or redistribute its content if the content remains unchanged.

      • Free to use share or modify: Allows you to copy, modify, or redistribute in ways specified in the license.

      • Commercially: If you want content for commercial use, be sure to select an option that includes the word "commercially."

IMPORTANT NOTE: More information can be found by entering the following URL:

https://support.google.com/websearch#topic=

 

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