Google It

Last week, in the intro to online learning, I told you to use Google.

So that’s what we are going to do!

(you can use your favorite search engine, I just like the interface and the results are good enough for me)

 

Google it

So, first step when you don’t know something, type it into google.

Check out the first few websites, get a little more comfortable with the subject.

Now that you know a few theme specific keywords, you can do a second more specific search.

Once you’ve found the perfect website teaching you all the things you want to know, bookmark the website to not lose it, and do some learning.

 

Magical keywords

How-to, tutorial, DIY, online course…

Some keywords are just linked to the type of content you’re looking for.

You’ll figure out a few new ones along the way, discover topic-specific keywords which will greatly help with your search results.

Autocomplete/Suggestions

If you haven’t found the perfect website yet, let google help you.

The Suggestions give you similar searches which might hold different results.

Maybe you’ll be lucky and find the nugget you were looking for.

I usually try out a few different phrasings and suggestions, open them in new tabs and then go through them one by one.

 

Image search

If you remember a visual of some concept but can’t find the name and a quick Google search didn’t help, you might want to switch to image search.

You’ll be able to glance over a lot more content in a short amount of time.

Once you’ve spotted your target, open the link to access the website hosting it.

Now that you have the domain-specific vocabulary, you can go back to a normal Google search and find all the websites.

 

Google power tools

There are a few more advanced options in Google to help you refine your search.

I’ll just link this post since it’s a little more advanced and there is no need for me to rewrite something this good.

I found this article by searching for “google search lifehack”.

Lifehack being the keyword here, since it’s all about optimisation and self improvement.

I’ll just quickly go over them:

“” : exact match

– : not

OR : or

* : wildcard

 

Huge Roadblocks

What I call a roadblock here is a similarly named and popular element unrelated to your search.

For example, if you search for “stones” (rocks, pebbles…), you’ll only get results for the Rolling Stones.

The way to cut through the humongous noise is to use a keyword which will only be used in your niche.

Here, I’ll search for “stones geology”¬†and the Rolling Stones are gone!

 

The more you use google and analyse which search querries held the best results, the better you’ll speak the language of Google.

This is an evolving language, so you’ll have to keep learning!

Also, Google is learning from you to serve you better results the more you use it.

You might find it uncanny for some company to know so much about you, but I find it useful, so, I’ll deal with it once it bites me in the butt.

 

Live long and prosper!