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How to get better Google search results

Google search is an incredibly useful tool especially if you know how to use it. The goal of this article is to help you become better acquianted with using Google search to get better results for your searches.

In order to get better Google search results first we must understand what makes a good search.

A good search is categorized by returning the most related items to a search. While Google spends loads of money in order to do just that, sometimes getting Google to give you the best results can be a little bit tricky.

This post will help teach you how to leverage Google to get the best search results!

  1. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase
  2. Use a hyphen to exclude words
  3. Compare keywords by using "vs" between them
  4. Use the asterisk wildcard in place of words you do not know
  5. Paraphrase your searches
  6. Check the weather
  7. Search a specific site by using site:
  8. Use define to get word definitions
  9. Check a stock
  10. Track a package
  11. Use Google scholar
  12. Add more keywords to your search
  13. Find the backlinks of a specific page
  14. Do math with Google
  15. Use "OR" to search for multiple words
  16. Add nearby to your search
  1. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

    Adding quotations around a word or a phrase will tell Google you want results that match the exact quoted text.

    For example searching the term, how to grow web traffic, as opposed to, how to grow "web traffic", gives us a different set of results giving us a wider variety of information by utilizing both searches.

  2. Use a hyphen to exclude words

    Using the hyphen (-) or minus sign you are able to exclude words from your search.

    For example try searching for apple as opposed to apple -fruit

  3. Compare keywords by using "vs" between them

    The "vs" keyword can be very useful when you want to compare two or more keywords in a search.

    Try searching wordpress vs custom website

  4. Use the asterisk wildcard in place of words you do not know

    The asterisk character functions as a wildcard and can be helpful when you do not know a word in a phrase.

    Try searching No, they don't like it when I'm *

  5. Paraphrase your searches

    Paraphrase your searches by using only important words in your search.

    Rather than searching Where can I buy a computer? try searching for computers near me

    This will give you a list of computer stores near you.

  6. Check the weather

    Google makes it easy to check the weather, simply search weather:(zip code).

    For example weather:84047

  7. Search a site using site:

    You can search a specific website using the following formula site:example.com search term

    For example site:bakerwebsolutions.com progressive web app

  8. Use define to get definitions

    Use the define keyword to get a definition of a word, acronym, or phrase.

    Example define pwa

  9. Check a stock

    Check any stock by inputting the ticker name.

    Try searching GOOG

  10. Track a package

    You can track a package by putting the tracking number into Google search. This works with all major shipping carriers.

    Try copy pasting the tracking number from your next order into Google search!

  11. Use Google Scholar

    Google Scholar is a collection of all the scholarly articles google has indexed on the web.

    Try Google Scholar out by visiting this link Click to visit scholar.google.com

  12. Add more keywords to your search

    Further refine your search by slowly adding keywords to your search to get more relevant results.

    Let's say that you are trying to find an ice cream shop, first you might try simply searching ice cream shop. Now often times this will return a result that works. If not we want to add another keyword like ice cream shop near me

  13. Find the backlinks of a specific page

    You can find the sites that link to a specific page by using this formula link:example.com

    For example try searching link:bakerwebsolutions.com.

  14. Do math with Google

    Shooting simple math problems into Google such as 3 * 6 , gives quick math answers, or try something more complex like planck's constant.

  15. Use "OR" to serach for multiple words

    Using "OR" allows you to search for multiple words in a single search.

    Try searching, nuxt or vue, this will return results for both keywords.

  16. Add nearby to your search

    Adding the nearby keyword to your search will find products or services near your location.

    Try searching restaurants near me.