What is a Search Engine?
Building Effective Search Words/Phrases
- Spell words correctly
- Remember to leave a space between each word in your search query
- Use most effective words – i.e. words that you expect to occur frequently in that web site. The choice of words makes a lot difference to the search engines. Remember that every word matters to the search engine!
- Use OR and NOT keywords to combine or exclude words. The support for all or some of these keywords differs from search engine to search engine. Also, note that the words OR and NOT should be capitalized
- Use fewer descriptive words, or try words that have a different but similar meaning. This may result in different search results and the one you are expecting
- Search for exact phrases by placing the search words within quotation marks
- Do not use long search phrases, since search engines limit the number of words that could be searched
- Click on the category to see category-specific search results such as web, images, people, maps etc.
- Search engines aren’t case sensitive
- Common words such as a, the, an, as etc are ignored by the search engine. These are called as STOP words. If you want these words to be included, then enclose them in double quotation marks
- If you are searching for a date, then make sure you use standard date formats. Any custom date format that you are using might not be known to the search engine. Also as far as possible, use month names instead of their integer equivalents
- There is no need to use the word “AND” in your search query. By default all the searches are “AND” searches .i.e. they will use your search words using AND. For example: “green trees” means “green AND trees”
- Phrase Search (“”): As discussed earlier, use double quotation marks for searching exact phrases.
- Search within a website (site:[site_name]): The search of a query can be limited to a particular website by including the term “site:[site_name]” for example: C# site:sandeep-aparajit.blogspot.com. This search query will search for C# in the website http://sandeep-aparajit.blogspot.com.
- Search for a title (intitle:[search_words]): If you want to search for pages with specific title, then you can use the “intitle” tag for searching the query. For example: intitle:Sandeep, will search all the pages which has title containing word “sandeep”.
- Search exact term (+): By attaching a + immediately before a word (remember, don't add a space after the +), you can get the search results for the precisely typed word. This will specifically ignore any synonyms.
- Terms to exclude (-):Attaching a minus sign immediately before a word indicates that you do not want pages that contain this word to appear in your results. This is typically used to exclude a word from your search result. The (-) sign works similar to the NOT keyword we discussed above.
- Fill in the blanks (*): The * represents a wildcards and indicates that the search engine should consider * as a set of unknown words.
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