INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES
HOW TO USE A SEARCH ENGINE
FIVE TIPS FOR SURFING THE INTERNET
SURFING THE INTERNET RELATED TOPICS
HOW PEOPLE USE SEARCH ENGINES
12 EXPERT GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS
HOW TO SEARCH THE INTERNET LINKS
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Internet search engines are our gateway to websites, news stories,
images, videos, shopping and more. There are a variety of search
engines with slightly different services and tools.
Internet Search Engines
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The World Wide Web is a big place, filled with millions of websites
on about as many topics. In order to find what you need, learning
how to use a search engine is key. This tool will allow you to
quickly find the information you need with very little effort.
1. Figure out what you want to search for. Search engines are not
people, so think of the topic in the form of a phrase rather than
a question. For example, if you want to answer the question "What
is the best way to paint my house?" a good search engine phrase
would be "house painting tips."
2. Narrow your search term, but keep it sufficiently broad. The
phrase "house painting tips" will likely be too broad, and will
likely return too many results. Narrow it down some, like this:
"Victorian house painting tips." This will give you results more
specialized to your needs. Beware of going too narrow, such as
"19th century Victorian house painting tips." Those may return no
results at all.
3. Select a search engine. Doing so may be a matter of personal
preference, as essentially all search engines carry essentially
the same index of sites. For novice searchers, it may be best to
search on several different sites until you find which one best
matches your search style and returns the best results.
4. Enter the search query into the provided text box. Keep the
search term as brief as possible, and remove non-essential words.
Do not use punctuation. Click the search button, typically to the
right of the search box.
5. Peruse through the results. Keep in mind search engines typically
place sponsored results at the beginning of searches, so actual
responses to your query may fall further down the page. It is usually
a good idea to look through the first several pages of results before
clicking on a link to save time in visiting websites that may not
provide the results you are looking for.
6. Click the link of the result you would like to view. If the result
answer your question, then you do not need to proceed further. If it
does not, hit the back button in your browser and try another result.
7. If after several results you are not finding the information you
need, there are several options. Try another search engine is one
solution, while you can also try a modified query. For example,
instead of searching for "Victorian house painting tips," you could
change up the query slightly to "how to paint Victorian houses" or
the like. Sometimes this will result in a completely new set of
sites that may have not appeared in your previous query.
Tips & Warnings
Beware of sponsored results. Advertisers pay for premium placement in
certain keywords. While sometimes these may provide you with information
close to what you may need, often they will not.
How to Use a Search Engine
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The Internet, in its simplest terms, is the technology that connects
millions of computers together around the world, allowing them to
communicate simultaneously. While the development of the Internet has
led to increases in communication and technological breakthroughs, the
Internet can also be a breeding ground for predators waiting to steal
identities or lure children into trouble. Following a few safety tips
will help ensure safety and protect your privacy while traveling through
the world wide web.
Protect Your Name
One of the most common mistakes made on the Internet is using your real
name on the websites such as message boards, chat sites and dating sites.
This is dangerous because it opens the door to predators who are looking
to gain information that they may use to do harm. Using a fictitious user
name on Internet sites helps to protect your identify from potential
stalkers and criminals and makes your identity harder to reveal.
In addition, never disclose the names of your children. This only
advertises that you have children at home and intrigues the minds
of pedophiles or others who wish to do harm.
Shop Secured Sites
Shopping online can be a fast, convenient alternative to shopping in crowded
malls or department stores. However, savvy computer criminals can hack into
the websites of online stores and steal the credit card information used by
customers to place orders. To decrease this possibility, only shop with online
stores that are designated as secure. Websites that have security backup will
clearly state so on their home pages and will display a symbol that looks like
a small golden lock to alert users to their safety. Stores that are not
designated as secured are not worth the risk of having your bank information
Use Email Safely
One of the fastest ways that computer viruses are spread is through the use of
email. Computer viruses are electronic messages that can harm your computer and
cause it to crash, simultaneously causing a loss of your files in the process.
To prevent this risk, be selective in giving out your email address. Only
disclose it when you feel it is necessary and to people you trust. If you receive
an email from a name you do not recognize, do not open it--simply delete it. This
will help eliminate the threat of contamination to your computer and prevent
predators from soliciting information from your account regarding your identity,
sometimes called phishing.
Selection of Passwords
Selecting a password for online sites and email accounts should be done carefully.
Select a password that will be easy for you to remember but hard for others to
guess. Never use identifying information--such as your social security number or
address--because if your account is ever compromised, predators then have access
to that information. Ideal passwords should contain a combination of letters,
symbols and numbers and should be changed every few months. Once a password is
selected, keep it private, and do not disclose the password to anyone.
Protection from Hackers
Another important thing you can do to protect your computer from being tapped into
online from unauthorized predators--commonly referred to as hackers--is to install
a strong computer antivirus security program. Antivirus programs, such as those
provided by AVG, protect your computer from viruses and unauthorized access and are
often available free of charge. Antivirus programs are simple to download, normally
including no more than a few clicks of the mouse to install. It is important to note,
however, that because antivirus programs are frequently updated, users should check
their system for program upgrades to ensure that their antivirus system continues to
operate at peak performance.
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Once you grasp how the average searcher, and more specifically,
your target market, uses search, you can more effectively reach
and keep those users.
Search engine usage has evolved over the years but the primary
principles of conducting a search remain largely unchanged.
Listed here are the steps that comprise most search processes:
1. Experience the need for an answer, solution or piece of
2. Formulate that need in a string of words and phrases,
also known as ‚Äúthe query.
3. Execute the query at a search engine.
4. Browse through the results for a match.
5. Click on a result.
6. Scan for a solution, or a link to that solution.
7. If unsatisfied, return to the search results and browse
for another link or...
8. Perform a new search with refinements to the query.
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12 Expert Google Search Tips
Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing.
Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google
search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly
for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase
within double quotes.
Lets say you want to search for content about internet marketing,
but you want to exclude any results that contain the term
advertising. To do this, simply use the "-" sign in front of the
word you want to exclude.
internet marketing -advertising
Site Specific Search:
Often, you want to search a specific website for content that
matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn't support a
built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site
for your term. Simply use the "site:somesite.com" modifier.
Similar Words and Synonyms:
Let's say you are want to include a word in your search, but
want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms.
To do this, use the "~" in front of the word.
"internet marketing" ~professional
Specific Document Types:
If you're looking to find results that are of a specific type,
you can use the modifier "filetype:". For example, you might
want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to internet
"internet marketing" filetype:ppt
This OR That:
By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the
terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one
of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator.
(Note: The OR has to be capitalized).
internet marketing OR advertising
Let's say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don't
know how it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look
it up on Google using the phonebook feature.
phonebook:617-555-1212 (note:the provided number does not work
you'll have to use a real number to get any results).
Area Code Lookup:
If all you need to do is to look-up the area code for a phone
number, just enter the 3-digit area code and Google will tell
you where it's from.
This is a rarely used, but highly useful tip. Let&'s say you
want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers.
You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is
hard to read, what's between the X and Y are two periods.
This type of search is useful for years, prices or anywhere
where you want to provide a series of numbers.
Stock (Ticker Symbol):
Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google
will give you the current financials and a quick thumb-nail
chart for the stock.
The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of
bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your
expression in to Google.
48512 * 1.02
If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or
phrase, simply use the "define:" command.
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