Part two of an ongoing series of little research tips to help you with Internet searching. Let me know if you have any comments or tips of your own to share! Come back to this site for more tips in the coming days and weeks.
#3. Go to page 10
“The best place to hide a dead body is on page two of the Google results because no one ever looks there!” *A joke I heard but I don’t remember the source (sorry! bad librarianing!).
With the seeming omniscience of search engines and the instant results, it is hard to imagine that there is any reason to go beyond the top 10 results. But if you are looking for a well rounded answer, or if you need more nuanced results, take a look at the later pages. Google and other search engines put the most popular sites at the top. Some sites have great information, but they don’t get ranked in the top because they don’t have a lot of other sites linking to them or have a lot of traffic directed to them. It can be a real treasure trove to look beyond the top and dig into the later pages.
#4. Go to page 1,000!
Want to go even deeper than the top 10 pages? Try Millionshort.com and take out the top 1,000 or more sites for your search and see what you find. MillionShort lets you remove e-commerce sites, or search only sites that provide a live chat. It’s a great way to dig in and see some lesser known sites and information.
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