Q6. Suggest five ways to get better search results on the Internet.
Ans. The following are some crucial points that you should remember before framing your search queries:
- Do not frame search queries as questions: You should only provide important words in a search query because words such as articles, prepositions, and conjunctions are dropped by the search engine.
- Provide phrases within punctuation’s: When you want to search any phrase as it is, you should put your search query between punctuation marks, that is, in quotes (“ “).
- Use Wildcards characters (*): When you want to search a string that starts with specific characters, you should place a wildcard character, called asterisk (*), after the string. Suppose you want to search a string starting with “cr”, you should place an asterisk (*) mark after “cr”, that is, “cr*”. By doing so, the search engine will search for all the words starting with “cr”, such as creative, craft, crawl, creature, crowd, etc.
- Be cautious about casing: If you are not sure about the casing of the searched keyword, you should write the search query in lowercase. This is because lowercase word matches are not case sensitive, but uppercase word matches are case sensitive. For example, if you search for the keyword “computer”, then the search engine will search for the words “computer”, “Computer”, “COMPUTER”, and “COMPUter”. However, if you search for the word “Computer”, then the search engine will search only for the word “Computer”.
- Insert the plus (+) sign before the keywords that must be searched: You must insert the plus (+) sign immediately before the keywords that you want to search in the search query. Suppose you are searching for the string Web browsers for Linux operating system, and you want the keywords browsers and Linux to be there in every search result. In such a case, you can type your query as Web + browsers for +Linux operating system.