You’re a Googler, admit it. You are one who Googles. And you’re quite good at it. Or are you?

Maybe instead of pulling up the results that you want, you are instead pulling up what THEY want! The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, the Volturi.

There are a few simple tricks that will enable you to more quickly and accurately pull up the precise article you need to help you hide your bald spot. If you need such a thing. I think you look great; you can hardly tell. Keep combing it in that direction. Seriously, it’s hardly noticeable.

Here are 10 Google search tips and tricks to maximize your search efficiency and accuracy.

Use quote marks

When searching for something specific, try using quote marks to minimize the guesswork for Google search. When you put your search in quotes, it tells the search engine to search for the whole phrase instead of those words in any order; “Hide Bald Spot.”

Without the quote marks, you’ll get search results of hiding mustard spots on your bowling shirt, a dog called Spot that likes to hide, and so on.

By adding the quote marks, Google will search for that phrase exactly as you typed it. This can help locate specific information that may be buried under other content.

Use a hyphen to exclude some words

Sometimes you may find yourself searching for a word with an ambiguous meaning. An example is “hairless.” When you Google search for hairless, you may get results for both the problem some men face and a fancy cat someone paid too much money for. If you want to cut out one potential result, use the hyphen to tell Google to ignore content with one of the possible meanings: Hairless -cat

This tells the search engine to search for “hairless” but to remove any results that have the word  “cat” in it.

While you might be interested in non-shedding cats in the future, you first want to deal with the definitely shedding you.

Use the asterisk for what you don’t know in your search

When you use an asterisk in a search, it will leave a placeholder that may be automatically filled by the search engine later. This is a brilliant way to find song lyrics if you don’t know all the words. Like from the musical Hair.

When the moon is in the * * and Jupiter ** with Mars lyrics

To you or me, that may look like nonsense. However, Google search will search for that phrase knowing that the asterisks can be any word.

Find sites that are similar to other sites

Let’s say you have a favorite website. However, that website is getting a little bit boring and you want to find other websites like it. You would use this trick: related:hairclub.com

If you search that above, you won’t find a link to the Hair Club. Instead, you’ll find links to new hair restoration sites to browse.

Search for multiple things at once

By using this trick, you can search for one word or phrase along with a second word or phrase. This can help narrow your search to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

“Women who prefer bald men” OR “Women who prefer combovers”

By searching in this way, you will search both phrases.

Use a colon to search specific sites

There may be an instance where you need to Google search for articles or content on a certain website. The syntax is very simple: “Famous Bald Athletes” site:espn.com

This will search for all content about famous bald athletes, but only on ESPN. All other search results will be removed. If you need to find specific content on a particular site, this is the shortcut you can use.

Gradually add search terms

The best method is to start with something simple then gradually get more complicated. See the example below:

First try: Hair transplant.

Second try: How to get a hair transplant.

Third try: Will getting a hair transplant change my life?

This will gradually refine the search to bring you fewer, more targeted terms.

Millions of websites phrase the same information in a number of different ways; using this technique lets you search as many of them as possible to find the best info.

Try to use words that websites would use

This is a very important one. When people use Google search to hunt the web, they generally search for things using the same language that they would use for speaking.

Unfortunately, websites don’t say things the way people do; instead, they try to use language that sounds professional.

“I’m bald, help” could be replaced by “Hair restoration services.”

When searching, try to use terminology you would find on a professional website. This will help you get more reliable results.

Use important words only. (Like when you were searching for a bathroom in Mexico).

The way Google search works is to take what you search for and match it with keywords in online content.

When you search for too many words, it may limit your results. That means it may actually take longer to find what you’re looking for. Try to use only the most important words in your search.

Don’t use: By chance, is there a clean and comfortable restroom in the vicinity?

Instead try: Bathroom, now!

Use special commands for instantaneous results.

Google can immediately give you the information you need that is displayed right at the top of the search results. This can save time and effort so you don’t have to click a bunch of bothersome links.

Here are a few examples of some commands you can enter into Google:

Weather: Typing “Weather 90210” will show you the weather in Beverly Hills.

Definitions: Typing “Define Foliage” will display the definition of a cool word.

The Time: Type “Time Dallas TX” will display the time in the Big D.

Stock prices: You can check any stock by typing its ticker name into Google. If you search for GOOG, it will check the stock prices for Google.

Translate: Type “translate follicly-challenged to Russian.”

Track your package: Simply enter any UPS, USPS, or FedEx tracking number directly into the Google search bar, and it’ll show you the tracking information about your package.

Google search is a very powerful search tool. Using the tips outlined above, you can find anything and everything you could ever need on the World Wide Web.

And good luck with the hair!

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