How do you search online, and avoid getting millions, and even billions, of results?
How do you do an online search, and find exactly what you’re looking for, quickly?
Doing an online search, and having to sift through dozens of sites, that are filled with ads or useless information, is a waste of your precious time.
Remember the old saying, “Garbage in, garbage out”? That also applies to searching online.
For example, if you just type in the word “home”, you’ll get 4 billion results. A search engine will list every page on the internet that contains the word “home”, and all derivatives of it, i.e. homely, homeless, homes, etc….
Type in “home improvement”, and you’ll get 107 million results.
Narrow that down to “home improvement sinks”, and you’re down to 2.1 million.
Add, “install”, and the search results will drop to 1.99 million.
If you change your search to “how to install kitchen sink”, your search results will drop to 1.5 million, with some of the best sites to teach you how, on the first few pages of the search engine results.
1) When searching, words like “the”and “and”, are unnecessary to use.
2) If you’re searching for a specific website, type in the URL (the address of the site, which is www.nameofsite.com, or .net, .org,…). Their official website with either be at the top, or near the top of the search engine results.
3) When you look at the search engine results, at the bottom of each “result”, you’ll see an “address” or URL (Uniform Resource Locator). This tells you the name of the site your search produced.
4) If you know the name of the company, but not their web address, use the company name in your search. i.e. “company name”.
5) If you are looking for a specific product, i.e chrome faucets for your bathroom, type in “chrome bathroom faucets”. If you want a specific brand, add the brand name, “abc chrome bathroom faucets”.
6) If you want a product review or comparison on chrome bathroom faucets, type in “product review chrome bathroom faucets”, or “comparison chrome bathroom faucets”.
If you’re interested in buying a chrome faucet, check several sites that offer product reviews. Oftentimes, sites will provide you with the advantages and disadvantages of a “brand”. Read the consumer comments.
In turn, if you’re researching, and find a product that you like or dislike, feel free to leave a comment, as well. This will help others in their quest to find a great product.
7) If you want to know how to install a bathroom faucet, type in ” how to install bathroom faucet”, or “help install bathroom faucet”. Or, search for “instructions install “ABC brand” bathroom faucet”.
I had lost the operating instructions for our sprinkler system, and by searching online for the name of the manufacturer, I was able to go to their website, and find the installation instructions online.
8.) If you want to know the uses for a product, such as vinegar, type in “uses vinegar”
9) If you want to know how to remove a stain from clothes, type in “remove blueberry stain clothing”
10) If you want to shop for shoes online, type in “shop shoes” or “buy shoes”
11) If you want to find the best hotels in Albany, NY, type in “best hotels Albany New York (or NY). Remember, there are many cities named the same, in different states.
12) If you want to compare two products, type in “product A vs product B”
Before you start your online search, first, figure out what you’re really searching for. Try to be as specific as possible. Use the most accurate words to describe what you want results for.
Accurate spelling is helpful, but most search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Ask.com, etc.), will “make an assumption” and ask you if your mean “…….?” If you know your spelling is correct, and the search engine “assumes” you might want search results for something similiar, and asks you, “do you mean…..?, don’t click on that link. Your search results will contain results based on your exact spelling.
13) Oftentimes, you will have to change your search criteria, based on your results. If you aren’t finding what you’re looking for within the first three to five pages of the search engine results, try changing the wording for your “search”. Being as specific as possible, will generally yield less, and better results.
14) If you find a website that has results close to what you’re looking for, click on their “links” and see if their links will lead you to what you’re looking for. Or, do a search on their site. Most sites have a “search bar”. I have two”search bars” on my site. The one at the top of the page is for searching my site, and the Google search bar, in the right sidebar, is for searching on Google.
15) If you find a website that contains great information, one option is to “bookmark” the site, or add it to your “favorites”. Remember, you can “rename” the site, so that when you go back to your bookmarks or favorites, you can easily find that site again.
i.e. If you wanted to save this page, and you click on “bookmarks” or “favorites”, you might get a long description, including the name of my site. Where that information is highlighted, just type in something like, “How to search online” (or any phrase that will help you remember something about this page). The next time you want to refer back to this article, just click on your bookmarks or favorites, you’ll find “how to search online” (or whatever you renamed it) in the alphabetical listing. Just click on “how to search online” (or whatever you named it), and you’ll be back on this page.
Searching online can be frustrating. But, by being specific, you’ll narrow down the search results, and find the information you’re looking for a lot faster.
Also, remember, just because you searched online and found information, it may not be accurate. Check the source, and compare it to other reputable websites.
The www (world wide web), or internet, has tons of informaton. Learn how to do a specific search, and the information you’re looking for, may be right at your fingertips.
Happy Surfing! 8)