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Ten Web Search Tricks You Need To Know

Stop wasting time and make your Web searches work!

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In order to search the Web more effectively, there are a few basic skills that you need to learn to make your searches less frustrating and more successful. Here are the top ten basic Web search skills that you need to have.

1. Looking for a Specific Phrase? Use Quotation Marks

Probably one of the number one things that has saved me some serious Web search time over the years is the simplest - and that's searching for a phrase by putting it in quotes. When you use quotation marks around a phrase, you are telling the search engine to only bring back pages that include these search terms exactly how you typed them in-order, proximity, etc.

2. Site Search with Google

You can use Google to search within a site, and since most site search tools just aren't that great, this is a good way to find what you're looking for with a minimum of fuss. I use this one many times a day.

3. How to Use the Inurl Syntax

The inurl search syntax allows you to search for words within the URL, or Uniform Resource Locator. This is just another interesting way to search the Web and find Web sites that you might not have found by just entering in a query word or phrase. I love this Web search trick because I find all sorts of interesting things with it, and it's so simple.

4. Use Basic Math to Search More of the Web

Another Web search trick that's deceptively simple. Basic math can really help you in your search quest (your teachers always told you that someday you would use math in real life, right?).

5. Google Cheat Sheet

I use all sorts of different search engines throughout the day, but Google is my standard goto guy. I use it a LOT. And with these Google Cheat Sheet search shortcuts, I find that I'm able to locate what I'm searching for with the minimum of fuss.

6. How To Search A Specific Domain

If you'd like to limit your searches to a specific domain, such as .edu, .org, .gov, and more, you can use the site: command to accomplish this.

7. Use the Web to Check Your Local Weather

You can get your weather forecast quickly on the Web from a number of different sites, without waiting through the news report and endless commercials; you can also use Google to find your weather, or Yahoo.

8. Use Different Search Engines for Different Searches

Don't fall into the rut of using one search engine for all your search needs. Every search engine returns different results. Plus, there are many search engines that focus on specific niches: games, blogs, books, forums, etc. The more comfortable you are with a good variety of search engines, the more successful your searches are going to be.

9. Use the Web to Find a Definition

Need to find out what a word means? From obscure to common use, you'll be able to use search engines to find the definition of any word you can think of.

10. Search the Web with Toolbars

Many people save a lot of time in their Web searches by using a toolbar, which is basically a software application which gives searches the ability to perform searches and other functions quickly. For example, I have the Google Firefox toolbar on my browser right now.

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