Some searching tips from the editors of Good Old Boat magazine:
Googling about the Internet
Here are a few helpful tips we discovered while traipsing about the Internet
in search of whatever it is that boat magazine editors search for. These little bits may make a difference in finding what you’re looking for, rather than finding 55 pages of possibilities. If they make your day go more smoothly, we’re glad to be of assistance!
• Using quote marks – If you’re looking for a multi-word subject such as great white whales, put the exact phrase you’re looking for in quotes, “great white whales,” and you’ll only get pages that have all three words together in that order. Otherwise, you’ll get responses that mention some great things, some white things, and some whales in the first paragraph or two. We found a listing that included “killer whales and great white sharks,” for example.
• Using the tilde (~) sign – Searching with the tilde sign brings you synonyms. Searching for ~sailboat ~maintenance will return pages that have boat and yacht upgrades, refits, projects, etc.
• Using OR – Searching with a capital OR means either one would be OK: sailboat OR yacht maintenance
See the GOB April 2007 Newsletter for lots more interesting & useful information:
Good Old Boat Newsletter: April 2007
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It is read by Michael and Patty Facius. We recommend a broadband Internet
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