I took a class at Google on how to get the best search results, and I learned 5 tricks everyone should know
- Some lesser-known tips for getting the best Google search results include paying attention to the order of the words in your search query, using suggested links that show up underneath results to save time, and using the minus symbol to exclude certain words from your results.
- Daniel M. Russell, Google's senior research scientist for search quality and user happiness, recently shared such tricks during a class at the company's New York City campus.
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It was nearly 10 a.m. on a Friday morning, and class was about to begin. I logged into the laptop sitting on the desk in front of me, opened a web browser, and prepared to get started on my first assignment: performing a Google search to find out when the Californian city of Santa Clara was founded.The class discussion that followed focused not only on the answers my classmates and I found, but the steps we took to get there.
This particular session focused on how to get the most out of Google's search engine, and it was led by Daniel M. Russell, Google's senior research scientist for search quality and user happiness who has been with the company for 14 years.Even if you consider yourself a Google expert and use the search engine daily, there are probably a couple of tweaks you can make to improve the quality of your search results. Here are five tricks I learned from taking Google's class and speaking with Russell beforehand.
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Pay attention to the order of the words in your query.
Use the minus sign (-) to exclude certain words from your search results.Advertisement
Use the suggested links that appear under some search results to save time.
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Use the colon symbol to filter search results.
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