The internet provides a vast storehouse of information. Whatever you might be interested in, you can find it online. Using a search engine to get where you want to go can be a little daunting, though. With so many different topics, pages, and queries, finding exactly what you need requires some search engine savvy.
First, you need to know what you’re looking for. I know this seems like a “duh” statement, but search engines use specific algorithms to find the information you want. If you don’t know what you’re searching for, you’re surely not going to find it!
Try to base your query as a statement or phrase, rather than a question. If you’re looking for a five star eatery in your area, you won’t want to search by asking the question, “Where are five star restaurants in my area?” You’ll get a much better response by typing in “five star restaurants” and adding your city name, for example, “five star restaurants Kansas City.”
You may want to narrow your search further by adding a type of restaurant to your query. “Five star Italian restaurants Kansas City” will return a more precise and refined result. You don’t want to go too far in narrowing your search, though, or you might end up with no results at all.
Find a search engine that fits you. There are a lot of search engines available, and finding one that returns the best results for your style of searching will make it easier to get the information you’re after. Keep trying new ones until you find one you like. You’re not going to hurt Google’s feelings if you decide Yahoo works out better for you.
Always enter your query into the search box, and keep in mind that you shouldn’t use punctuation or extraneous words. Keep it as short and sweet as possible, while still narrowing your search effectively. Hit the search button (usually just to the right of the text box) and take a gander at your results. Sponsored links usually appear first on the page; unless they fit your needs, scroll past them to find the actual search results. Make sure you’re looking at more than the first few, just in case what you need is further down. Results list with a small amount of text so you can see the context of your query verbiage within the page. Look through them and see if you’ve found what you’re looking for.
If you click on a likely link, and it’s not what you need, no problem. Just hit the browser’s back button and try again. You may be a little confused at first, but just keep at it. You’ll get the hang of it!