by Bradley Gauthier
Nearly any answer is available online, as long as you know what to ask. I've found all sorts of creative answers in search engines and you can too. Below is the ultimate way to search Google.
One of the most annoying aspects of searching Google is finding a seemingly perfect answer, only to realize it was written 8 years ago.
By default, I have Chrome only show the past year's results.
You can easily do this by adding a new search engine in Chrome's settings.
In Chrome's settings there is a search engine tab. Inside you can add a new search engine. Click the button and add the following information:
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That's it! When you search from the URL bar, the results will default to the past year.
For more evergreen searches, you can easily select "show all" in the Google SERP.
By putting quotes around a set of terms, Google will look for the exact match.
This is often helpful when the entire search string is ambiguous. For instance:
The above will ensure the exact match will exist in the results.
You know those pesky searches where they are cluttered by unhelpful results?
They can be cleaned up by finding which words to exclude from the results. Do this by including a hyphen in front of any keyword.
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Voila! The results are cleaner.
Caveat: Google is getting pretty good with parsing language so this one may not work as well as it once did. However, I like to make sure the search engine knows exactly what I'm looking for when I hit enter.
It may seem intuitive to search with something a human would understand, like this:
But this query has all sorts of filler words. And more importantly, this query does not give Google any idea of what is most vital to you. Is it
You are leaving it up to Google to determine what weight each keyword has in your search.
Back when I did search engine optimization (SEO) for companies, I learned that Google puts a weight to each word in the title of a web page. The first word is the heaviest weighted, followed by the second, and so on. And it seems that almost every time I search, this same weight system appears.
So instead, if you structure your search in favor of Google's algorithm, your results will be much better:
Next time you search for something, remember this formula:
Language parsing algorithms are getting better, but it is best to present the search engine with the most optimized query possible.
I hope these tips will help you find the perfect answer next time you search in Google.
Good luck searching!