Advantages Quick loading, easy to use, Simple layout, Lots of features
Disadvantages Search results aren't always what you're after and requires digging around
Google is the world's most popular search engine. A search engine is a program or a coordinated set of programs that crawls the web to find documents that matches keywords and then returns the matches in a list. Basically, it's the thingy you use to search for stuff on the Internet. There are loads about such as MSN, Yahoo, Ask but Google has dominated the rest and has become the most popular.Although the category is Google.com, I'm usually directed to Google.co.uk, which has an option to let me search pages within the UK only. This is quite handy as if I'm looking to buy something, I may not want to have it sent from the USA or France when it can be from the UK. That and certain things items are only available in the UK or are in a UK format.
What I and probably millions of other web users like most about Google compared to other search engines is that the main page is straight to the point with no adverts, clutter and other stuff to distract me from what I went there to do, which is to search. On visiting Google, the cursor is already in the text box so I'm able to start typing straight away. To find some something, I just type in what I'm looking for in the text box and then click Google Search, although I usually just hit Enter/Return on the keyboard, and get a list of results. I don't usually use the 'I'm feeling Lucky' button but it just takes you to the very first result.On the results page, there are sponsored links at the very top and the top right, which are sites that pay for Google to advertise their site at the top of the page. Your results are down the middle of the page, showing you ten results (but can be changed in the Preferences) and each one features an extract of text from the site, followed by the address of the page it has returned as a result. Clicking on the links takes you to the site. At the bottom of the results, there's the word Google but with one 'o' for each page of results (e.g. Goooooooooogle for ten pages) and this part lets you navigate to the next page by clicking on 'o's on top of the page number, by clicking on the numbers or by clicking on 'Next' or the blue Right arrow. Obviously, there's there'll be a 'Previous' link too once you go to the next page and so on. Needless to say, Google is very easy to use.
If you get thousands or even millions of results for your search term, you can either search using a different phrase or you can use the 'Advanced Search'. You can filter down search results by stuff like "with all words", "with exact phrase", "without the words" as well as filtering by date, domain, language, etc. However, there are other ways to filter down results that you may not know of.You can put your phrase in quotes (i.e. "paid surveys") or put a full stop in between two words to make sure your result returns pages with the words side by side (e.g. paid.surveys). You can put a minus sign in front of a word to ensure that pages with the word do not show up in your results or the opposite if you use a plus sign.
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