Search engines are very popular both for mere Internet users and for those who are out in the online arena to earn an amount of revenue. Regardless of what your purpose might be, it is important that you understand how to use a search engine properly.

 

Different Results

 

Search engine results vary according to the search engine you are using. The best search engines are Google, Yahoo!, and Altavista. They offer the most useful results, relevant to what you are looking for.

 

Assuming you are making an easy search, make sure that you think out a bunch of keywords or phrases to put into the search bar, which will most likely give satisfactory results. Instead of searching with the vague “music”, you may make your search keyword “J.Lo music” so you get results that are closer to what you are looking for exactly. Vague search keywords will return a lot of junk while specific search keywords will return more satisfactory results.

 

If your search does not give you satisfactory results, you may try other search engines such as Webcrawler, Hotbot, and AskJeeves. If that, too, is no effective, you may also use directories. They are most useful if you are looking for background information on something. However, if you are looking for an answer to a question, whether it is a simple or complicated one, your chances would not look good enough with directories.

 

Your search terms or keywords are the heart and soul of the results you will yield. Try changing your search terms in order to find exactly what you are looking for. Think about specifications in terms of proper names of places, people, and things that are involved in your search. Also, if your search is returning a lot of junk, you may put in a plus sign (+) before the word to make sure it is being recognized and is not ignored. If you want a word in your search phrase excluded from the search, put a minus sign (-) in front of it. Also, you may enclose your search terms in quotation marks (“) to force the search engine to find what you are looking for in that exact, same string.

 

Another tip in using search engines is to try searching within some sites that offer a search bar. If you have Internet security related questions, for example, you could just search within the CNET website, instead of going for Yahoo.

 

When using search engines, you have to be very creative. You have to think up words and phrases that will most likely return good results. Good results mean websites that are relevant to what you are looking for. If you are looking for an answer to a question, that good result is categorized as a satisfactory reply. If you are looking for a website that offers a particular service, a good result is reflected on sites that are accessible to you provide the services you are looking for. If you re looking for a product, that good result comes as the particular brand you are looking for.

 

In any case, website owners and developers strive hard to appear in the top pages of a search engine result. They make money out of doing that. So don’t be afraid about not finding what you are looking for. If you are able to provide the necessary search terms that will define it, you will have a good chance at finding it exactly as you wish.

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