Remember how when you were a child you used to watch the news to see what the weather will be like on the weekend? Or how your parents used to carry a map when on family vacations? For Gen Z and newer generations, these stories sound like ancient history.
Nowadays, thanks to the Internet and search engines, we have access to unlimited information just a few clicks or taps away. Here’s how to make the best use of it and how to navigate Google search like a pro:
How to get better search engine results on Google
1. Add the keyword “related:” in the search bar to find similar sites
This could also be a useful trick to check out the competition of your own website.
For example, if you want to find websites or builders resembling Wix.com here’s what you should do:
2. Add “search:” at the beginning of your query to search within a website
If you wish to find something related to landing pages on Wix this is how to use the search: command to get the right results:
3. If you're looking to find the meaning of a word or concept add the keyword “define:” to your search
Interested in finding the definition of website analytics? Here’ how you should search for it in order to avoid misleading content:
4. In case you need to search for an exact phrase just use the double quotation marks ""
Let’s say you are looking for tools and recommendations on how to create a newsletter using a drag and drop builder. Here is how to look for the best available options:
5. Use “...” to search within a specific time frame
Let’s say you need to find result pages about iPhones that were published between 2016 and 2020, in this case, this is how you would proceed:
6. Use “-” to exclude a keyword
Imagine you are writing an article about Italian food and all your research somehow leads to pizza. This is what you will need to do to exclude that specific word from your searches and get separate results:
7. Type in “site:” to find a particular website or specific content
Now let’s say you are continuing your food-related article but this time you need to find websites that have blogs related to Japanese cooking. Here’s how to proceed with it your search:
8. Use the “filetype:” command to search for specific formats
Need to link a PDF file to one of your presentations? Let’s say you are interested in adding such a link about Facebook ads. Here’s what you need to do in order to get the best PDF results from Google:
9. Type in “OR” between your keywords to combine searches
Interested in reading about the 2 most popular mobile operating systems? Then you should search for both iOS and Android at the same time. Here how to get a mix of results between the two:
10. You can use Google as a calculator
Just type in basic math in the search bar and press enter to get your result inststant result. For example here is how tofind your answer for 12+8x25.
11. Convert foreign currency
Let's say you're from Great Britan, traveling to Japan for the holidays. A simple Google search will let you know just how many punds you spent on your shopping. Type in “YEN to GBP” and add your amount.
12. Convert units of measure
Since the American metric system is different than the European one, you've probabily encountered this issue before, maybe when watchin a movie or just scrolling through social media. But with a simple Google search it's easy to do these transformations. Here's how to convert “centimeters to feet”:
Now you have all the information you need to be able to sort out and rearrange information in order to get the best Google Search results quickly and efficiently!