Yes this is lowbrow, but I feel it is necessary for many folks and could also be used as a spring board into possibly further search enlightenment. Initially we need to look at some of the lingo involved and how it relates to your search. Heres a quick rundown.
- Browser – The thing/button/app/program on your work computer/smartphone/laptop that renders the URL/Domain/Website that you are interested in seeing.
- Examples of major browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, AOL Explorer, Yahoo Browser, Google Chrome, Opera, Camino.
I think many people are confused by the relationship of browser development company to search engine provider and understandably so as several companies dabble in both. You can Google yourself with Firefox but you better not be caught Internet Exploring yourself on Safari… So with that nonsense here’s some breakdown on basic URL structure and search engines.
- If you know the URL (www.website.com) of your site you can always directly enter that address, anything else is a search
- All browsers have a URL field on the toolbar and many have search functionality built into them or alongside for convenience
- Google.com is a website that allows you to employ their search engine, while you are Googling this is not considered a browser
- AOL.com is a website that provides a search engine, Yahoo.com is a website that provides a search engine as is duckduckgo.com
So now that you have a basic understanding of the difference between browsers and search engines its time to explore how to take advantage of them.
Google Advanced Search Shortcuts
Make your Google searches even more efficient with these advanced Google search shortcuts. The following advanced search commands will help you narrow your searches, dig deeper into previously hidden content, and retrieve information quickly.