<< by on January 15th, 2010
Despite the move towards online subscriptions, I still get magazines in the mail. One of my favorites being Real Simple©.
Real Simple. Life Made Easier.
Who wouldn’t love a magazine that promises to make your life easier? The January issue has an article entitled “Shortcut To Better Google Results.” The tips come from The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook by Randolph Hock. Keep reading to get a few easy tips to be a smarter Googler.
If you’ve ever Googled the best way to Google on Google and come up short,…-Real Simple
1. Find pdfs, excel docs, or powerpoint presentations: Enter filetype:pdf, filetyp:xls, or filetype:ppt with your search query to turn up only results with the relevant file type. For example, if you are looking for a key lime pie recipe in pdf format, you would enter: key lime pie recipe filetype:pdf. This will filter the results to only include key lime pie recipes that are in pdf format.
2. Narrow down the information: Use a hyphen when you are searching for a broad topic, to narrow it down to the specific genre you are looking for. For instance, if you are looking for information about jaguars, as in big cats, and not the car or the Jacksonville Jaguars, type this in the search field: jaguars –cars –football. This should filter out any results around the car or football team.
When using this search tactic, the total number of search results drops from 6,940,000 to 3,020,000. You probably aren’t going to search through that many results, but this should give an idea of how many search results were filtered out.
3. Find a “verbatim phrase”. If you found a product in the past, but can’t remember where you found it, you can use this search tactic to turn up results with the product name in the title. In this case, you would enter: intitle:”Frye carson riding boots” to turn up a results page that looks like this:
If you just enter: frye carson riding boots, you will still get pretty relevant results, but some of the results would be more broad than you’d probably like since you are looking for a specific product. The difference in number of search results also greatly differs. Using intitle:”Frye carson riding boots” turns up 168 results as opposed to the 426,000 results frye carson riding boots turns up. In this case, the much smaller number of results will be a major help if you are trying to find the exact site where you initially found the product.
Visit the online article to find more information on how to become a better Googler.