With the immense content available on Google today, it can be difficult to find exactly what you are looking for; it is like finding a needle in a haystack. Searching for things like ‘title loans from Lauderdale Lakes’ is quite easy, but some specific things are more difficult to find. Good thing that there are some tips and tricks in fine-tuning your search in Google. When you want to specify the search you want to do, there is a way to filter your search so you only see results that are relevant to your search.
Use quotation marks
When looking for specific phrases or sentences on the internet, using quotation marks will whittle down the results to sites containing the phrase enclosed in quotation marks. Though you will still see millions of results, it is still better than getting billions of hits. For example, you want to know how the phrase world is your oyster is used in sentences. Just type “world is your oyster,” with quotation marks, and you will see dictionary links and sites that use the phrase. You will also see who said it, where it was used, and its etymology.
Using an asterisk is very useful when you cannot remember a word from a phrase or when you want to find all the variations of a certain expression. For example, if you cannot remember a word from the phrase “to err is human, to forgive is _______,” write “to err is human, to forgive is *” instead. The search results will give you the complete phrase, which is “to err is human, to forgive is divine.” It will also show resources where the phrase appears. On top of that, it will also list several variations of the phrase. You will also get results like “to err is human, to forgive is canine,” “to err is human, to forgive is not our policy,” or “to err is human, to forgive is a mistake.”
When you want to compare two things on the Web, using “vs” makes it as easy as 1-2-3. Simply type the names of the things you want to compare with “vs” in the middle and you will find sites that give you the lowdown on them. You do not have to use quotation marks for these. For example, just type “Toyota Altis vs Nissan Sentra” and you will get all the sites that compare the two car models. Now ain’t that something!
Use the minus sign
If you feel that the search results are still one too many, add a minus sign to remove unnecessary hits. Like, if you want to look for ball as in the toy, and not ball as the party, just write “ball -party” (when you write it on the search bar, do not put quotation marks). This way, you are removing all search results related to ball referring to a party.
Using these tips may still yield millions of hits. The most important thing is that the top searches will appear at the top, making it easy for you to find what you are looking for in the World Wide Web.