#1 Seek And Ye Shall Find

Happy New Year! I’ve been wanting to start something like this for awhile now and after kicking around a bunch of ideas I’ve landed on sharing one small item per week that I think might be helpful.

My hope is that from time to time you’ll be able to learn something new from these that will help save you some time or maybe allow you to do some things a little bit better.

If you’d like to be removed from this list just let me know. Feel free to forward this along to anyone you think might like to get a copy and let me know if anyone else would like to be added to the list and get a copy of their own.

Seek and Ye Shall Find (Part 1)
Some tips for better online searches

  1. Exact Phrase in Quotes:
    Sometimes you’ll only want results that include an exact phrase. In this case, simply put quotation marks around your search terms. 

    For example, “Rigging Safety Training”

    Try this search both with and without the quotes. With the quotes Google returns 1,063 results while without the quotes you get over 1 MILLIONresults!

  2. Exclude Terms:
    Putting a minus (-) sign in front of a word in your search means that your search results MUST EXCLUDE that word. 

    For example: rigging -sailboat

  3. Include Terms:
    Placing a plus (+) sign in front of a word means that word your search results MUST INCLUDE that word. 

    For example: rigging +scaffold

  4. Site Search:
    Have you ever wanted to search only one specific web site? You can use Google to search a single specific site. This is handy if the site doesn’t provide a search function of their own. 

    For example: “Getting Started” site:www.questiomark.com

    This will return all results from the Questionmark website that match the exact phrase of “Getting Started”

Try these out and you’ll be able to get the information you’re looking for quicker and easier.

Stay tuned for even more great search tips next week.

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