Last Updated on September 2, 2020
Google Search website is, by far, the world’s most popular web search engine with a market share of approximately 92%. This means that each day there are about 5.5 billion searches on this platform.
This statistic is not surprising considering that Google’s web browser (Google Chrome) is also the most used browser by a large margin, and searches are made through their own tool by default. People are used to it. And, to be fair, it is a very efficient and well-optimized tool.
Although it is so widely used, the truth is that the average user does not know how to use this tool in order to make the most of its features. Over time, Google implemented several “Google search hacks” to allow its users to find what they are really looking for, which is extremely important if we take into account the amount of content that exists on the Internet.
If you want to learn how to use Google more effectively, here are 9 easy Google search tips that will make you feel like a wizard and give you more accurate search results!
1. Quotation marks
Using quotation marks to limit the guesswork for Google search is probably the most well-known trick on this list. But in case you don’t know it yet, putting a chunk of text between quotation marks tells Google that you want the engine to specifically search for content that contains those exact words in that exact order. It’s as specific as it gets!
You can use a hyphen to exclude one or more words from your search. This is especially useful when your original search might present ambiguous results or when you want to exclude some specific results. Take a look at the following example.
Imagine you want to buy a new pair of headphones, but the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t want wireless headphones and you don’t want to spend a lot of money. Here’s what you should type on Google to exclude all the wireless options from your search:
Best cheap headphones -wireless