Searching the Internet
Straight Talk On – Searching the InternetAh, the wonderful Internet! What a glorious experience – surfing the waves of information and entertainment.No, you say? Not so glorious? Well then,let’s get b...
Straight Talk On – Searching the InternetAh, the wonderful Internet! What a glorious experience – surfing the waves of information and entertainment.No, you say? Not so glorious? Well then,let’s get back to reality and have a straight talk
on searching the Internet. The purpose of the InternetThe original purpose of the Internet was to offer research information for professionals around the world. Now it’s taken such a commercial turn that only 6% of Internet traffic is research-related. The result of
this for the average person is that it’s so hard to find what they’re
looking for. A simple search can turn into a complicated clicking catastrophe. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? And that brings us to the purpose of this article. We want to help.We
want to make your searches easier. We want you to be able to type in the
right words that’ll get you the right results. After all, the purpose of any
search, of any kind, is to get results, right? So here’s some straight talk on exactly how to get those results.
Specific keywords are the keyThere are many search engines out there. You can use MSN, Yahoo, Alta
Vista, Lycos, or a number of others.But probably the most popular search engine is Google. The reason why Google is so popular is it’s very
comprehensive.It’s easy to follow and offers you many options to customize
your search. No matter which search engine you use, the principles are all the same –
use specific keywords in your search and you’ll cut down on the pages of
sites you have to wade through to find what you want. What we would
define as keywords are: very descriptive and relevant words.It’s as simple as that. The more specific you are in your description of what you’re trying to find, the more you’ll narrow down the results.Let’s look at doing a search on Google. It’s important to note that
Google searches for all the words you type in your search.The more
words you enter, the fewer pages you’ll get in your results and the sooner you’ll find what you’re looking for. Let’s take an example.Say you’re looking for a new set of
golf clubs.If you enter “golf” in your search, you’ll get about
59,600,000 web pages with the word “golf” in them. Yes, that’s 59
million!Do you think it might take you a little while to find exactly
what you’re looking for?
Narrow your search for better resultsNow, let’s narrow down your search to “golf clubs”. Now you’re down to
4,690,000 sites – that’s quite an improvement. It’s important to know
that Google ranks each site by how relevant they are to your search.The
most relevant sites – the ones with what you’re looking for – are listed
first in your results.So back to your search for that new set of clubs. Perhaps you have a favorite brand of golf clubs, like Callaway,
for example.So now your search will be for “callaway golf clubs”.
(Remember, your search is not case sensitive, so don’t worry
about capitalizing the brand names.) Now you get 356,000 pages in your results.Now we’ll teach you a little technique that can be used in any search to specifically define exactly what you want. Use quotes (“”). (Hmm –
that looks like my little brother with his brush cut!) Anyway, when you put
your search in quotes, then Google searches for that exact phrase only,
instead of each of the words individually. In our last search, Google found pages that had “callaway”, pages that had “golf”, and pages that had
“clubs”. By putting your exact phrase in quotes, like this: “callaway
golf clubs”, Google now looks only for pages that have that whole
phrase. Now you only have to search through 55,400 pages.
That’s still a lot of pages, but you can see the pattern here – the more specific your search, the less pages you’ll get. And that means you’ll find what you want quicker.If you just wanted a new putter, you could type in “callaway golf putter”. Basically, what you’re doing is describing exactly what you want, in as much detail as you can.Just to make sure you have the right idea, we’ll list a few more examples for you:
Get the idea?It’s simple, isn’t it? Now we’ll give you a few more simple tips to help you ride the waves and stay on your board as you surf the Internet.
Google helps you search for anythingOne way Google can make your search simpler is if you use their Directory. It lists specific categories, so you can narrow your search if you know which category your information will be in. The English language can be very complicated with so many words having more than one meaning.So if you search by category, then you’ll get results only for that particular meaning of the word.
Google also offers such features as Phone Book, to help you find U.S. addresses and phone numbers of people and businesses. Or if you watch the stock market, you can search their Stock Quotes section for the latest,
– and happy surfing!
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