5 Tips to Become a Better Googler
It’s true, anyone can do a Google search to find what they want. You simply type in the phrase: dental braces and Bam! You get back pages and pages of results that have the word dental and braces in them. However, did you know there are certain things you can do to make your Google search more applicable to exactly what you’re searching? You can easily limit your frustrations and streamline the results you get to more quickly locate your target with just a few adjustments to your query.
Here are a few tips that the average searcher doesn’t know that can help improve the search Experience:
search with "Quotations"
If you simply type in the phrase SEO Services, Google will return any results that have the words SEO and services in them in no particular order or relevance. So you could end up with random blog posts, press releases, quotes and stories that don’t actually find you SEO services. If you add quotations: “SEO Services”, your search gets smaller because Google will only return results that have the words of the searched phrase together.
Use the +1 Feature
If you’ve done your search and found exactly what you’re looking for, you can use the +1 feature to make it come up again the next time that you’re looking for the same thing. For example, you did the “SEO Services” query and found seoapt.com – You can now push the +1 that displays on the top right hand corner of the listed result and Google will automatically push it up to the top of your individual search results.
Search with a Minus -
Let’s say you’re doing research for your fantasy football team and looking for stats on players. If you’re thinking about snagging Donovan McNabb but you want to know what he’s done since leaving the Eagles, you can search like this: “Donovan McNabb stats” -“Philadelphia Eagles”. Make sure to put a space before the minus sign but no space after. This will tell Google to return results on his stats unrelated to his time with the Eagles.
Search by using InURL:
If you use InUrl in your searches, Google will only return results that have the searched term in its url. See here: InUrl: “Designer Shoes”
Search with a Plus Sign +
You can manipulate results with a plus sign in the same way you can with a minus sign. If you’re looking for schools that offer online college degrees, your search might look like this: “University” +”Online College Degrees”
There you go! Now you’re ready to search like a pro!