Using Quotes to Improve your Scholarship Search on Google
I’ve written about searching for scholarship on Google; how to play around with keywords to get better search results. Another Google.com search feature you can use to improve your search results is searching with quotes. Here is how it works.
Lets say, I’m searching for Engineering scholarships to apply. If I enter the following words into the search box – Engineering Scholarship for postgraduate students – I’m likely to get over 600,000 results to sweat through, both relevant and irrelevant. On the other hand, I decide to use a different approach; enter – “Engineering Scholarship” (Notice the “Quote”)- This will provide me with results that contain the above phrase not words this time, and the result may be somewhere around 40,000 more or less. I may now decide to ‘Search Within Result’ for – Postgraduate/ International Students. This will then give me less but relevant pages to worry about.
The idea of searching with quotes is to get results for pages with the specified phrase query and not results with each word in the phrase. This will then reduce the number of search results and provide you with more relevant webpages.
Give it a try! What other search technique do you use while searching for information online. I’d love to hear about it, and I guess someone will want to know too. Please share on comment below.
To your success!!