Google Search Tips

May 13, 2007 at 5:05 pm (MoNSt3r Blog)

Here’s a small list of some search tips that can be used while searching on Google.

1. If you’re on Google’s homepage, click on “I’m feeling lucky” if you’re searching for the site of a company or the official site of a product. “I’m feeling lucky” sends you to the first search result and saves you one click.

Example: use this for [bmw], [France Telecom], but not for general terms like [used cars], [mobile phones history] because for these queries you’ll want to visit more than one page.

2. If you’re not sure how to spell a word, or if you remember only the first letters of a word, use Google Suggest. You’ll find it in Firefox 2 search box, in Google Toolbar or at its homepage.

3. Google shows direct answers for simple questions above the search results. When you try to find a simple fact, enter you query this way: “Italy population”, and not as a complicated question like “How many people are in Italy?” because you might confuse Google.

If Google doesn’t show an answer, try to imagine a page that answers your question. How would the answer sound like for a question like: “What is the fastest animal on land?”. Of course, the page might contain this sentence: “[some animal] is the fastest animal on land”.

Build your query this way:
* surround it by quotes, to obtain only results that contain that phrase
* instead of the answer, use a star for each word of the expected answer

For example, “* is the fastest animal on land”.

4. The order of your keywords is important, so you’ll get different results for “search history” and “history search”. Type only the important keywords, in a logical order.
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