Where did you learn to do that? How did you figure that out? These are typical thoughts that might run through your head when you watch someone pull a clever move in the kitchen or smash a shortcut on their computer keyboard you’ve never seen before. Today, we have access to more information than we ever have before, and all that information is right at your fingertips, knowing how to find it is likely one of the best skills you can master.
“Google-fu” is the slang term for using a search engine to quickly find useful and relevant information. From learning to play guitar to building a new website, there is no limit to what you can learn online when you have great search engine skills.
Here are some tips and tricks to finding anything you might need on a search engine:
- Try to find a balance between vague and precise when you are searching for things. For example, if you have a husky and are looking for ways to maintain it’s coat, you could try searching for husky grooming tips instead of dog grooming (too broad) or my husky sheds a lot, how do I take care of it’s fur (too narrow).
- Looking for something specific? Put your search term in quotes. When you put your search term in quotes, the search engine will only display pages with that exact string of text on it. So if you search for “5 foot gold plated HDMI cable” a website offering a 5 foot HDMI cable would not show up.
- Want to omit certain things from your results? Precede the term you want omitted with a minus sign (-). Searching for backcountry skiing –Colorado would show you listings for backcountry skiing that do not mention Colorado.
These are just a few tips on how to maximize your search engine efficiency and minimize your time scrolling through useless results. Want to learn more? Head on over to your favorite search engine and search for tips yourself!
Matt Cook | Marketing Manager