Most of us utilize search engines like Google multiple times throughout the day for various information. However, the World Wide Web is overflowing with data and many times, simply typing in your query on Google’s search bar is not enough to obtain the required information.
To help you out, Daniel Russell, Senior Research Scientist from Google Search team, suggests six ways that will ensure your search results are accurate and efficient – every time! Try them out and become a smart searcher.
Search…one more time
A majority of internet user just search one time, see the results on the first page and assume that they are the answers. However, sometimes the answers that are visible on the first pages of the search results don’t cover the broad range of topic you are interested in.
To rectify the problem and get accurate answers for your query, conduct the search 2 – 3 times for more perspectives from credible sources. Sometimes incognito search can bring slightly different results, so make sure you try that private browsing option as well.
Start with a broad term
Begin your search with a general term and narrow it down to the specific query as you continue the searching process. For example, if you search for “Digital marketing classes” you’ll probably get a plethora of interesting (and irrelevant) results in that category. Then, you can try a well define search something like “Social media management training in San Francisco”.
Mix and match
Keywords are an important part of your search journey. Try using a couple of different keywords during the search process to help the search algorithms determine what you are looking for in an accurate manner. You can also try different variations on different search engines and compare the answers.
Check for credibility
When checking the results of your search, make sure to analyze the website you are taking the information from. Is the website credible? Does the information they provide align with other sources? You can also check out online forums and discussion boards to see what other internet users are saying about the website and even the information you are looking for!
Don’t add the answer in your search query
Sometimes we already suspect the answers to the questions we are looking for. However, avoid adding the same to your search query as it will sway the search result from the accurate answer. Instead, only type in your question and narrow down the answers from credible sources.
Search out of the box
Search is not limited to written content. You can go beyond the prime features of the search engine and look at images, news videos, and books section for your specific query. For example, you are looking for help in making your resume. Besides reading up on the helpful tips, you can check out the image bar for example resumes.
Or if you want to learn how to make the braid like Elsa of Frozen. Simply reading the content may not help you ace the hairstyle. Instead, you can see videos for step-by-step instructions that will teach you precisely how to make the braid.
These were just some of the tips that will help you in your searches. Give them a try during your next round of searches and let us know how they helped.
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