Productive Web-Searching Tips You May Not Know
Searching the web is an everyday practice for most of us business owners these days. From finding the newest business solutions and technology tools to searching for phone numbers and even a good takeout lunch menu, the useful items you can search for on the web are infinite. Of course, your time at work is also precious, so it's good to be in the know about some of the creative ways to search the web more quickly and productively.
Many of you probably know the basic guidelines for using search engines, but here they are in case you missed the memo:
Google is the most widely used search engine out there right now. For this reason, they've created a lot of shortcuts for use specifically on Google. Here are a few of the more useful ones:
Even though it's tempting, don't get locked into a monogamous love affair with Google. There are several other great search engines out there including Yahoo!®Search, Windows LiveTM Search and Ask.comTM. Since every search engine is set up with different algorithms (here's your chance to use the Google "define" tip above), you'll no doubt tap into a few unique finds in each search engine. Every search engine will also have their own list of search tips, so print out your favorites for easy reference until you have them memorized. Even better, consider using search engines like Dogpile® that search all the top search engines at once.
There are also more specialized sites you may want to use when searching for more focused information on the web. For instance, if you want to search a wide array of topics, use a directory site like About®.com, which is organized by subject matter. If you need something business related, try using Business.com. You might search FlickrTM for photos, YouTube for video clips or TechnoratiTMfor something on the blogosphere. If you're looking kid-friendly searches, try AskforKidsTM or Yahoo!®Kids.
While searching the web is easy for most users, these kinds of tips can make your searches faster and more effective too. Find your sought-after information in record time. Save your time for better things-like all that work that needs to be done and all that life that needs to be lived.
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