I've come to hate traditional search engines like Yahoo and Google. They lead me to what their advertisers want me to see, not the information I want to find.
Below are notes from a computer class I taught last June. Here's the section on getting better results on online searches using Dogpile Web Search
How to get better internet search results
Use the search engine at
Dogpile Web Search
Use Boolean tools:
Plus sign The word following a plus sign tells DogPile the word MUST be on the websites in the results list
Minus sign. The word following a minus sign tells DogPile the word
MUST NOT be on the websites in the results list
+”” Plus sign with quotation marks tells DogPile the phrase between
the quotation marks MUST be on the websites in the results list
-”” Minus sign with quotation marks tells DogPile the phrase between
the quotation marks MUST NOT be on the websites in the results
Do not use these tools on Google, Yahoo, MSN, or other search engines. All used to support these tools but stopped a few years ago.
>I’m looking to buy a pair of running shoes in size 9.5 wide. Nike providers treat their overseas workers badly so I want to avoid Nike.
+shoes +running +athlete -Nike +wide +9.5 -sandal -pump -boot -ebay -craigslist -amazon
>I want to find free games I can play online without having to download anything (free downloads often contain viruses)
+free +game +solitaire -download or
+free +game +sudoku -download or
+free +”word search” +puzzle -download or
+free +”jigsaw puzzle” -download
Online puzzles and games are a great way to get comfortable on the computer and internet.
By the way, I like Web Sudoku - Billions of Free Sudoku Puzzles to Play Online
>I want to find online banks which pay 1% or more on their savings accounts (a very difficult thing to find - it took me hours to find 6 and the best results were tips from posters on message boards / forums). I know credit unions won’t pay that much so I skip +”credit union” in my search.
+savings +1% +June +2015 -2014 -2013 -2012 -2011 -2010 +forum +”message board”