Ways to Google for better result

In the past, when we want to search for some information, the first instinct is to head to the library. Now, the Internet has replaced the library as the de-facto place for us to search for information. However, the amount of information available on the Internet is near impossible to organise properly with the system that maintained libraries worldwide. This is where search engines such as Google and Duck Duck Go come into play. Search engines help us to retrieve the information we want at high speed and as accurate as possible.

Google Front Page

Search engines such as Google is actually a type of chat bot. Chat bot has been around for a long time since the computer industry started and trying to pass the Turing Test. A chat bot will select an answer or reply back with more question depending on the user input. Google or search engine is one step below chat bot ... because instead of giving you a result that try to convince you that Google is a human, it out source the answering part back to you by giving you a list of result that it thinks you might be interested based on your query.

Over the years Google accuracy has improved tremendously but there are times when we want to search for better result there are still notable gap in Google result. Here are some tips on how to use Google to get better result:

1. Ask Like Asking Human

Just like how we typically will type into the input box. Except that start by entering one or two words. The less word you gave search engine, the more result it will pump out because it wants to widen the scope of possible answers for you to choose from. Remember, it "outsource" the answer selection back to you. To get better result, ask like how you would ask a normal human being.

For example:

Query: [turing test]

Better query: [what is turing test]

what is turing test result

2. Right Keywords

Choosing the right keywords will make your search better. Google will first parse(break down) your query and look for relevant information before returning the potential results back to you. The more accurate your keywords the better quality search result you will get. A good content publisher will attempt to think ahead what sort of query that will lead search traffic to his or her website; however, it is still impossible to stuff all the keywords into the page because sometime there are just way too many possibilities. To make your life easier and speed up your search activities, it will be good to think how the website or web page author will write the content you are searching for. Type in the keywords to get the best search result.

For example:

Query: [walking dead bore]

Better query: [walking dead getting boring]

walking dead getting boring

3. Omit Unnecessary Words, Punctuations, Upper cases and Plural

Yup, you don't need to be a grammar nazi when typing in your query. Keep it simple, no need for upper cases, punctuations, question mark, exclamation, minus, brackets. Just type and press the enter button.

4. Search For Social Activities

There are times when you want to search for a person or page social activities. Just add the social media name in front of the name. For example :

+ barackobama [For Google Plus]

twitter barack obama [For twitter]

obama twitter search result

Search by hash tag example :


5. Currency exchange

Want to know how much US dollar exchange rate to British Pound Sterling? Simple, just type 1 USD to GBP or 100 USD to GBP. Google is smart enough to figure out what you after.

Google Currency Exchange Rate

7. Use Quote To Emphasize

You can tell Google to place more importance or weight over certain words in your query. For example, if I want to know the actual fruit with the name Machintosh, I would key in my search query with the quotes around the word fruit.

For example : mac "fruit" apple

emphasize on the word fruit in goole search for apple

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By AdamNg

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