"Without much ado, I will hire someone who is excellent at Googling than someone who claims to know everything. " - Eze
I consider Googling to be a skill-set everyone who seeks knowledge should master. Not just software developers or researchers.
Googling, once mastered, has the ability to make your job faster, allows you to think about an idea quickly without physically being there with them, reduce debugging time, because there is a higher likelihood that whatever problems you have right now someone had it in the past and a solution exist online. In some cases though, you may not find a solution — least likely to happen.
I personally like the fact that I don't have to cram everything I should know. I just need to know that it exist and how to find it (Google it).
However, not many people know how to effectively use Google to find what they want. So, this piece was written with you in mind to help you get accurate results fast.
1). Googling Basics
First, what is Googling?
Googling is the art of using Google's search engine to find solutions/answers to your questions. You'll hear people say, "Google it" when they want you to use Google to figure out something for yourself.
I use Google everyday like I know nothing. Because I know nothing. I even Google things I think I know just to see how others react to it.
Whether you are conducting a research or looking for a solution to a coding problem, you need to understand how to use Google effectively to get the expected results.
Next we're going to discuss some tips and tricks you can use to get the expected results from your Google search efforts.
Use double quotes
Sometimes Google returns way too much information you don't even need and what you really need might be hiding somewhere in the search result pages. If you want only the results that contains your exact search phrase, then you should consider adding double quotes to your search query.
Here is a search result without double quotes with over 317 Million results.
Now, let's narrow our search.
Our search came back with ~1.2 million search results that contain the key phrase "move to Nigeria"
Depending on your goal for the search you can decide the pattern to use to get optimal results.
Search within a site
What if you want to search a website content even if they don't have a search feature?
If those pages have been indexed by Google, you can easily search for news or information from a particular website.
For example, you can use:
"cnn.com": 5g network
To get all the articles about 5G that were written for CNN or mentioned
Search for a blog or an article
If you are looking for blog posts/articles about a specific topic you can use the
intitle query to get content that are specifically written on blogs.
Here is how you use it.
"inititle: how to grow your traffic"
This will return blog post or articles with related title
Use google scholar
Not many people know that there is a particular part of Google Search made for scholars. scholars.google.com if you are looking to search for anything related to academics, books, or research studies, etc Google Scholars can be a very vital resource to help streamline your searches and allow you get the best results.
Compare using “vs”
Google allows you you to use
versus as a key to search for the comparison between two ideas.
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Search images with google images
Again, if you really want to get the best results while searching for images, there is images.google.com this will allow you focus on searching for images and return the best results for your query.
Eliminate unwanted results with a minus sign
Sometimes you might want to search for something that's closely related to another thing and you think Google might misconstrue it. You can eliminate the suspected keyword from your search result by using a minus sign.
How animals digest food -goat
This will return results for how animals digest food eliminating any result that includes "goat".
Find similar sites
Have seen a site you really like their content and want to see similar sites to follow? Google has become super intelligent it understands different blogs and websites objectives to a large extent. You can use the the related query helper to find related websites like so:
Perform math calculation
Do you know that you could also run mathematical calculations right from your Google search?
You can try
Find specific file
Sometimes, while looking for some study materials you want to get a
.docx version. You can easily add that extension to your search query to get the expected result.
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Find partially known concepts
Sometimes, you know what to search for but you don't know the right words to use for your search to get the right results. If you somehow remember some parts of the sentence or concept you can use asterisk to fill it in and get more accurately related results.
Assuming you are looking for a music and you know just some part of the lyrics, you could do something like:
"pass me not o * fill my"
Find synonyms using tilde symbol
The easiest and fastest way to get the synonyms of a word in a Google search is to add the tilde (~) sign in front of the word. Like so
Get contents from specific location
Google tries to give you information that's relevant to your location; somehow you get to miss other important information that are not in your current geographical location. However, you can decide to query information from any country. Just add the country to the query as shown below.
Yay, there you have it. Your basic Google Tricks and Tips to help you get better results from Google and find solutions faster.