How to have effective online searches with 3 pro tips

by | May 16, 2011 | General Tech

Effective online searches made easy as 1, 2, 3

Each and every one of us knows what it’s like to perform an online search and find results that are not even close to what we were looking for. This can be quite frustrating. Luckily, there are many simple steps you can take that can ensure more appropriate search results.

Keep it simple

Use the fewest number of words or phrases you can. If you’re looking for Chinese takeout in your area, type in “Chinese food” as well as the name of your city or your zip code. That should garner appropriate results even if you aren’t sure precisely what you’re looking for.

Learn about Boolean

Whether you realize it or not, you are probably familiar with Boolean searches. This simply refers to using terms like “and,” “not” and “or” in your online searches. This is a smart thing to do when you are more informed about what you’re searching for and know which terms you would like to include or exclude.

This concept also works when you use pluses or minuses in your searches. If you want to include a word in your search results, simply type a “ ” before it in your search. If you want to exclude something, precede it with a “-“ when you search.

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Be precise

Preciseness is one of the most basic ways to ensure better search results. Using general phrases can often leave you with thousands of results that have little to nothing to do with what you’re searching for.

Quotation marks are typically the international search engine symbol to search for an exact phrase. If you are looking for something specific, using quotation marks can help ensure that your results are more relevant.

These three strategies can greatly impact the accuracy of your search results. You’ll spend less time sifting through website descriptions and pages of results, and more time getting the information you need.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.