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Finding things on the internet can be mind boggling as there are hundreds of billions of web pages on the internet today. Actually, even in the earlier days of the web, it has been difficult finding the exact website that contains the type of information you are looking for. As such, it became necessary to develop a tool for finding websites that are related to a particular point of interest.

These tools for finding your websites of interest are called search engines. There are quite a number of search engines to choose from and your choice will depend on your interest and how efficient you find the service to be. Among the most popular search engines are Yahoo, Bing, Ask and Google. These search engines are like the police dogs of the internet. They ‘crawl’ across the whole World Wide Web looking for sites that contain the information you need to find so you don’t have to memorize thousands of URL.

But we are not here to discuss search engines rather we want to discuss how to search effectively. After you open the search engine of your choice, you will find a text field where you are expected to type in what you are looking for. To search effectively, your search terms should be very simple. Doesn’t use elaborate descriptions because they may return results that are not what you are looking for.

Let’s say you want to find information on storing garri. Your search term should simply be ‘storing garri’ instead of ‘useful information on how to store garri for more than a month’. In this way, you are more likely to land on a page that contains the information you wanted.

Also, you can use descriptive and specific words. Do not use many common words.

If after using the tips above, you could not find any information you want, you may then use words that may appear in the page you are looking for. In this type of search, I mostly use a “+” sign in between the words. Let’s say I want to find information on the metamorphosis of a butterfly, I could use ‘butterfly + larva’ as my search terms and I will land a page related to what I want.

After the search result is displayed, you need to be cautious of sites you click. The types of site you click on may determine the type of information you land. A dot com(.com) site may land you to a sales site as com there means commerce. A dot edu(.edu) site may lead you to a school’s online courseware, a dot gov (.gov) site is a government site and a dot info(.info) site may contain information about an event.

If you are interested in finding information about restaurants, bars, and joint around you and the way to get there, I may encourage you to download the Google app as it incorporates all of Google’s services.

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