What do You Know About Google?

Opinion by Patricia L Johnson

I think by now everyone in the entire galaxy knows Google is a search engine, but do you really know how to use it?

Let’s use my last search as an example. I want to incorporate a “Thought for the Day” in the mailings I send out on occasion. I just type ‘thought for the day” in the Google search box at http://www.google.com/ and I’m going to get close to a ½ a billion [480 million] responses. So, let’s narrow down our search at the beginning.

Instead of typing ‘thought for the day’ in the search box, let’s type in ‘motivational thought for the day’. By adding one word the results dropped to 272 thousand. This is good 272,000 is much easier to work with than 480 million, but it’s still too large a sample.

I like Susan Polis Schultz quotes so let’s see what happens if we add her name to our search. This time we’ll type in “motivational thought for the day susan polis schultz” in our Google search box. Voila’ we’re now down to 6,610 results and a quote I like.

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.” ~Susan Polis Schultz


Once you copy and paste your quote into whatever it is you’re working on be sure you follow-up (1) You must copy it exactly word for word, and give credit to the author and (2) Indicate the URL of the quote on the internet, if you copied it from the internet. We don’t want to violate any copyright laws now do we?

So the key to success in Google searches is to put as much information as possible about the search in the initial search box.

Oh darn, I forgot to put all the information in – what should I do now? Instead of retyping your search simply scroll down to the bottom of the page where there is another search box. This box will already have the words in it that you previously typed, simply add the additional words to the box and Google will search within the results of your initial search for your new words.

If you’re still not able to find what you’re looking for, do not hesitate to use Google’s “Advanced Search”.

For this example let’s say I want to find a particular article I wrote. If I don’t have a search box on my website I can go to advanced search and type in the name of our website in the bottom box, the name of the article in “this exact wording or phrase:” and Voila’ – Google spits out my article. You have to play with the advanced search box for a while before you become proficient, but believe me, when you’re looking for something you can’t find, it’s the way to go!

Did you know Google is a gigantic calculator? Probably not… so let’s go there for a minute. Say you want to add 724,000 to 15,543. In the Google search box type in 724000+15543= and click ‘enter’ on your computer, or “search” next to the search box. In either case you’ll get the answer 739 543 [739,543]. Do not put in any commas and do not leave open spaces. If you want to subtract, put in 724000-15543 =you do not need to insert the = sign, but I do it as a matter of habit because if you do more than one calculation your last answer will remain on the screen. If you want to multiply you use the *, and if you want to divide you use the forward slash. 724000*15543 = 10 456 732 000 or 724000/15543=46.4804542.

There’s more to come.

© 2011 Patricia L Johnson

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