Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Becoming a GOOGLE Ninja- Step Three Search Sensei Part 1

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      If you can master Google, you are well on your way to becoming a tech ninja or at least impressing your friends.  Yesterday we discussed how to adjust your personal ad setting.  Today we will discuss how to improve Google’s core feature, the web search.  The first thing you need to know that Boolean is Google’s default search setting so you really don’t need to add and to your search term.  Something else to consider several years ago, Google would only look at the first ten words of your search and ignore the rest.  Now they will look at the first 32, however having thirty-two words in your search query is not an effective way to find something. 
            So when you are searching with Google try to be as specific as possible.  The more specific you are, the less garbage you will end up with your results.  When searching for phrases, make sure you are using the quotation marks so you are searching for those phrases and not just those words.  If you add a + to the front of a word in your search that will tell Google that words is required for your search (most of the time).  Even better than the +, is adding a – to the front of a word in your search, that will give you results with that word exclude.   Very helpful when trying to limit the number of results that you are getting.    The last tip is to combine that symbols as often as you can to help you get the results that you need.   Check back tomorrow for Step Three Part 2 of Becoming a GOOGLE Ninja. 
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