Often, we are so busy chasing the latest shiny things that we forget to stop and learn the basic things we use everyday better. One great example, is Google search. Most people never get beyond just typing a few words into the basic search box. I’ve covered these before. In fact, this whole weekly tip thing started with a series on getting better Google search results. ( Seek And Ye Shall Find” Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 ) Since there are about a thousand of you on this list who weren’t around back then I thought this topic would be a good one to revisit.
If you’ve ever been frustrated by the results you can easily improve your search results by using the Advanced search form instead of the single default box.
To get even better results, take a few minutes to learn about some of the search operators that will allow you to:
- Find exact phrases
- Exclude terms you DON’T want
- Search only a particular website
- Include synonyms in your results
- Search for pictures and images
- Search for particulate types of documents like PDF, Word, PowerPoint, etc
If you don’t want to learn any of the operators you can get many of the same benefits by using Soople.com. They have built a much more complete and user-friendly way to search Google for specific things including music, videos and books, as well as providing other tools like a phone book, calculator, dictionary and more.