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Googling right: These 5 tips will help you get better search results

Googling right: These 5 tips will help you get better search results

European Business Listicle 30/2019

Anyone can search for something on Google, it's easy, isn't it? Although everyone thinks they know how to get the best search results from the search engine, there are some tricks that make the most of the search. We'll tell you some of the best - try them out!

1. Use the right search terms

First of all, of course, what you enter in the search box is important. If you want a lot of different results, you can use several generic search terms together, for example "Tips Holiday Barcelona". If you want to narrow the results of the search down to something more specific, you should use whole sentences, such as "Which museums in Barcelona are worth seeing?"

2. Filter search terms with one click

Are you only looking for pictures or products? Then you can set Google with one click to show you only search results that correspond to this category. To do this, simply click on the term that appears directly above the search bar, e.g. "Videos" or "Pictures". Under "More" you will find other filter options, such as "Flights" or "Books".

3. Limit search results to specific languages or times

The "Tools" menu item at the top of the search allows you to narrow the search results to specific languages and time periods. Precisely because information becomes more rapidly outdated today, it is worth viewing the most up-to-date search results instead of wasting time on irrelevant information.

4. Using search operators

Certain characters and terms help to narrow the search results. This saves a lot of time when searching. Here are the most important operators including an explanation of what they do:

• Quotes "" - If you enclose your search query in quotation marks, Google will search for exactly that wording. Thus, one can search for exact quotes, for example "Work wisely, not hard."

• Minus sign - - The minus sign allows you to exclude search results that contain specific terms. When searching for 'Jobs in Sales -Munich', only search results without Munich will be displayed to you.

• AND – When you write AND between search terms, you get search results that include all of these aspects.

• OR – When you write OR between search terms, you get search results that contain one of the aspects.

• Asterisk * - The asterisk is a placeholder. For example, if you search for recipes, you can search for "potatoes with *". Thanks to Google's ever-improving suggestion algorithm, however, you get initial suggestions even when you type in the search terms, so that the asterisk becomes more and more unnecessary.

• Related: - With the term 'related:' in front of your search term, you can get Google to present you with similar search terms and also websites. To find similar websites, however, you also need to add a website after 'related:', for example "related:wirtschaftsforum.de"

• Define: -Define:' only shows search results from lexicons and dictionaries.

• Allintext: -Write 'allintext:' before search terms to display only those results that contain these terms in the text (not necessarily in the heading or URL)

• Allintitle: -With 'allintitle' you only see pages that have your search terms in the title

• Filetype:- Filetype:' allows you to search for specific file formats. If you want to find a PDF document, your query might look like this: "Seasonal Calendar Vegetable filetype:pdf"

• Site: - If you enter in the search field "Write application site:wirtschaftsforum.de", then Google will only give you search results for this keyword on the website wirtschaftsforum.de.

• Two points .. - If you enter two points between two numbers, then Google will only search for results in this span. An example is the search for a product in a certain price range: "Smartphone €500..€700"

• Tilde - If you type a tilde in front of the search term, Google also searches for synonyms of your search terms and lists these results for you. In the case of "work", search results for "job" or "employment" would also be possible.

5. Save one click with Google services

Google now offers certain services itself. Instead of searching for a website with a currency converter, you can simply use Google's currency converter. With the following inputs, you get a direct answer from Google, without any further clicks:

• Time: "What time is it"

• Currency converter: e.g. "100 dollars to euros"

• Calculator: Enter the calculation task in the search box

• Weather: "Weather Place"

• Events: "Event Place"

• Cinema program: "Cinema Program Place"

• Translation: Enter single term, "translation" and the target language in the search box

• Flight status: Enter flight number in the search box

• Metronome: "Metronome"

• Find RGB or color code: "Color Selection"

• Calories: Enter food and "calories"

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