Google Search 101 - a computer class at the Library

so today I went to the library for a computer class entitled "Google 101" where I picked up some google search tips I thought might be interesting to share what I learned and a few tips on how to apply them to Art, and an artists online shop.
First I will list the tips with some exsamples of how to use them for art searches.   then I will give some ways they could be applied to artists shops.
  • " " quotation marks - use these for exsact phrase searches like "North Carolina" or "Fine Art Painting" they work particularly well if you're searching for a particular work of art  "Madonna and Child" or "The Last Supper"
  • + plus sign - use this to make sure a word is included in the search results. 
  • - minus sign -- use this when a word has more than one meaning,
  • OR - by inserting an uppercase "or" between two terms you can search for pages with either of the terms  -- Fine art dragons wall OR 2D  -- dragon figurines OR miniatures
  • ~  tilde sign (located left of 1 on qwerty keyboard) -- used for searching using synonyms  ~craft shows ~figurine collectibles
using this info to apply to an artist's online shop might be somewhat self explanitory, but here are some of my ideas.
  1. use quotations around the title of a particular work / peice "Life's Brutality" or "Self Portrait of an Artist" every time it is mentioned - in your blog - in the item description - on social media sites - etc.
  2. when you are mentioning a sorce of inspiration for a particular item such as "Micky Mouse" or "My Little Poney" also use quotations around them. (not only good grammer, but calls google's attention to the "phrase" rather than single search terms.
  3. when there is more than one commonly searched term that applies use both terms near the begining of the item description and then continue to use one or the other. ex Wall art, 2D art  2D drawing, 2D design, etc (sentence format of course) use Wall art on the next item to create ranking for your shop.
  4. use the thesarus to come up with synonyms, and use a few of the more common ones in the begining of your description, and repeat one or two through out. you can also alternate between them on every item where they apply.

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