Millions of people per day use Google for a variety of reasons. The downside is many Virtual Assistants don’t use Google Search to its full potential. Here are a wide range of tips to help you get started!
On the top of every search are several tabs: web, images, news, and more. Using these options, you can help define what kind of search you need to do. If used properly, they can cut search times dramatically.
Google search knows how to search for anything you need. This means you don’t need to be too specific.
There likely will come a time when Google search doesn’t show you the results you wanted. In this case, keeping it simple may not be the best option. The best method is to start with simple then gradually add more search items. Then you’ll want to gradually refine the search to bring you more specific terms. Your Virtual Assistant research skills need to constantly adapt to your findings.
When users use Google for searching the internet, users generally look for things using the language that they would use as if they were speaking. Websites don’t speak, and they certainly don’t talk like people. Instead, websites use technical and professional language.
Google search takes what you type in and matches it to keywords in content. When you search for lots of words, it will limit your results it may take you longer. Which is why you should use only specific keywords when performing your searches.
If you have trouble finding what you’re searching for, keep in mind that people may search or define what you need in a different ways than you do.
You can enter several commands to give you instantaneous results. Google can immediately show you the information you need, displayed right at the top of the search results, which can save time and effort, so you don’t have to click a bunch of bothersome links.
When searching for something specific, use quotes to minimize the guesswork for Google Search. When you put your search parameters in quotes, it tells the search engine to search for the whole phrase.
Sometimes you may have to search for a word with an ambiguous meaning. For example, Mustang. When you Google search for Mustang, you may get results for both the car made by Ford or the horse. If you want to cut one out, use the hyphen to tell the engine to ignore content with one of the other.
When you use an asterisk in a search term on Google search, it will leave a placeholder that may be automatically filled by the search engine later.
You can ask it basic questions or some more difficult ones. It is important to note that it won’t solve all math problems, but it will solve a good number of them.
You use two dots and a number to let Google search know you’re looking for a specific range of numbers.
Google search can quickly and accurately convert both measurement units and currency value. There are various uses for this, like checking to see the conversion rate between two currencies.
Google search is flexible. It knows you may not find what you want by searching only a single word or phrase. Thus, it lets you search for multiples. Using this trick, you can search for one word or phrase along with a second word or phrase to help narrow down your search.
Google search has gotten a lot smarter over the years. These days, you don’t even need to spell words correctly if you’re a Virtual Assistant with a busy schedule. If it’s close, Google can usually figure out what it means. If your misspelling was intentional by chance, Google gives you the option to search for the misspelled term instead.
This tip can be infinitely helpful if you need a specific PDF or PowerPoint file that you previously viewed or need to use for another project. You replace the search term with what you want to find and use the filetype command to enter the extension of any file type. This tip is helpful for scholarly purposes, business presentations and other assorted presentations.
Use Google search to find out where your packages are. You can enter any UPS, USPS, or FedEx tracking number directly into the Google search bar, and it will show you the tracking information about your package. This technique is much easier than going to the specific sites, waiting for them to load, then searching for your packages there. Just type your tracking number in and see where your package is.
Google Search is a potent search tool for a Virtual Assistant. Using these tips will allow you to find anything and everything you could ever need on the Internet. Whether you’re trying to avoid Wikipedia, find song lyrics or the latest stock prices, there is a way to make Google Search work for you as a Virtual Assistant.
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