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Northwest Florida Association of Computer User Groups TECH 17 Better Search Results with Google

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TECH 17 Conference. How to get better search results when using Google.

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Northwest Florida Association of Computer User Groups TECH 17 Better Search Results with Google

  1. 1. Search With Better Results by Hewie Poplock info@hewie.net http://hewie.net Saturday, January 28, 2017
  2. 2. The Google Search Page
  3. 3. What is a Search Engine? A search engine is a web site connected to a database that catalogs other Web sites. It will search the actual text of other web sites. A computer search program, or spider, follows links on web pages to regularly and automatically rebuild this database.
  4. 4. Top Search Engines in the US Rank Site Visitors/Month Notes 1 Google 1.6B 72+ % of world searches 2 Bing 400M Microsoft 3 Yahoo 300M Verizon 4 Ask 245M Good for specific question related searches 5 AOL Search 125 M Verizon 6 WOW 100M More like a news site 7 WebCrawler 65M Ads more defined 8 MyWebSearch 60M Spyware - Do Not Use 9 Infospace 24M White label 10 info.com 13.5M Aggregates - Structured topics 11 DuckDuckGo 13M Does not store Personal Info https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/08/08/what-are-the-top-10-most-popular-search-engines/
  5. 5. Google processes • 40,000 search queries every second • More than 3.5 billion searches per day • More than 1.2 trillion searches a year globally Google has permeated our digitally-reliant lives to such an extent, that the very word ‘Google’ has become a verb.
  6. 6. Once you enter a letter All – Videos – Images – News – Maps - More
  7. 7. Search for Videos
  8. 8. Search for Images
  9. 9. Search for News – Maps - More
  10. 10. Settings
  11. 11. Tools Time – Results
  12. 12. Time Range
  13. 13. Results
  14. 14. Let’s Do Some Searching!
  15. 15. Some Hints • Start simple • Ignore spelling • Use web friendly words - instead of saying my head hurts, say headache • Less is more - Simple, one or two word search terms will usually give you the broadest results. Start with short search terms, then refine your results by adding more words. • Use descriptive words • Add words found on resulting pages • Don't worry about cases - Search isn't case sensitive • Don't worry about punctuation Search ignores punctuation such as @ # % ^ * ( ) = [ ] and other special characters.
  16. 16. Start Simple
  17. 17. If you don't want a term or phrase, use the "-" symbol.
  18. 18. Add words
  19. 19. Use Quotes for exact phrase
  20. 20. Use phrase
  21. 21. Click to see
  22. 22. Solving problems
  23. 23. The top site is not allways the best or even safe
  24. 24. File types - use the "filetype:" operator
  25. 25. Find related pages - try using related:[insert URL] to locate similar websites
  26. 26. Track your packages: Track your UPS, FedEx, DHL, or USPS packages
  27. 27. Tracking
  28. 28. Get the time - Search time and the city or country
  29. 29. Current Exchange Rates by searching [currency 1] in [currency 2]
  30. 30. Check the weather with U.S. zip code or the name of any city in the world
  31. 31. Get realtime stock quotes
  32. 32. Either/or - use the OR operator -- or use the "|" symbol (pipe symbol)
  33. 33. Compare using “vs”
  34. 34. Error Message
  35. 35. Type in entire error message
  36. 36. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase
  37. 37. Add the word “solution” to eliminate those with a question and no answer
  38. 38. Refine more by choosing “Tools” and a time period
  39. 39. Use the asterisk * as a wildcard
  40. 40. Use “DEFINE:” to learn the meaning of words—slang included
  41. 41. Calculator - type in a quick calculation in the search box and get an answer. Use the +, -, *, / symbols and parentheses to do a simple equation.
  42. 42. Numrange - Search for a range of numbers (note the two periods between the two numbers)
  43. 43. Site-specific - Use the "site:" operator to search only within a certain website
  44. 44. Site-specific - Use the "site:" operator to search only within a certain website
  45. 45. Have a UPC code?
  46. 46. Search with possible word
  47. 47. Similar terms - Use the "~" symbol to return similar terms.
  48. 48. Using Reverse Image Search – You want to identify an image
  49. 49. You can Drag, Upload, or link to a picture
  50. 50. Google tries to guess
  51. 51. Good Find – Pendelfin Figurine
  52. 52. We found the set
  53. 53. Your Search Time should be more Productive NOW !!

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