10+ Tricks to be a Google Power User

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It’s a familiar frustration for most of us: You type your precise, specific search terms into Google, and expect to find what you need on the first page.

Instead, you’re faced with millions of search results, and the first few links are so off-the-wall unrelated you wonder if you mistyped something.

But your search terms are correct, so why doesn’t Google know what you’re looking for? And how are you supposed to narrow down the millions of irrelevant results?

Though Google keeps improving their algorithms, there are still plenty of terms that stymie the search engine. Without context, it’s hard for Google to know exactly what you’re looking for, especially if your inquiry is highly specific.

Luckily, Google has quite a few hidden tips and tricks for searching that will help you quickly find exactly the results you’re looking for.

Just by learning a few formatting and punctuation tricks, you can tell Google how your search terms are related, or exclude certain words or phrases. You can also narrow down your search with criteria like location or pricing, or use Google to search within a single website.

If you’re still not getting the results you need, Google has several other little-known features that can widen your search. Webmasters can easily find images for their websites and blogs withGoogle Images, and researchers need only visit Google Books or Google Scholar to search through print publications and research papers in any field.

Faster and more accurate searches aren’t the only benefit to becoming a Google power user. Google also has a few hidden functions you can unlock with the right search query, including calculations and conversions, stock quotes and sports scores, and film showings and flight statuses. With the right search, you can get immediate results telling you the current weather and today’s sunrise and sunset times, or quickly look up the definition of a word and get a translation into one of dozens of available languages.

With the time you save as a Google power user, you’ll even be able to fit in a game of Atari Breakout on Google Images. Just follow the steps below to find out how!

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[Source: WhoIsHostingThis]

5 Things You Should NEVER Do on Social Media

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Let’s try to be creative during this summer!

Here’s an handy infographic I made for you, take a look while you relax on a sunny beach, sit on a train in your road trip or wherever you’re enjoying your vacation.

If you find yourself doing one of those things… let’s try to change before your next selfie! ;-)

Here’s 5 things you should really never do on Social Media:

  1. Like your own status
  2. Use hashtaghs as spaces
  3. Sign your own comment
  4. “Certificate” your name
  5. Forget private messaging

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Social Commerce: Which Social Media Platforms Drive the Most Sales?

Business owners often wonder about the “ROI of social media”. Is my Facebook page actually driving sales? Is all this tweeting really doing anything for my bottom line? Should I be on Pinterest and Instagram?

Well it turns out, when it comes to ecommerce, being social matters.

To better understand how social media is impacting the ecommerce industry, Shopify analyzed data from 37 million social media visits that led to 529,000 orders.

Here’s some interesting data points they uncovered:

  • Facebook dominates as a source of social traffic and sales. Nearly two thirds of all social media visits to Shopify stores come from Facebook. Plus, an average of 85% of all orders from social media come from Facebook.
  • Orders from Reddit increased 152% in 2013.
  • Perhaps most interesting and surprising was community style site Polyvore which is generating the highest average order value ahead of Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Also noteworthly in this category is Instagram which is also generating higher average orders than those same sites. This is especially impressive considering the only clickable links in Instagram are those in profile bio’s.
  • Facebook has the highest conversion rate for all social media ecommerce traffic at 1.85%

In addition to these stats, they’ve also analyzed specific industries to determine which platforms are performing better. You can check out all the findings in the infographic below.

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[Source: Shopify]

XXX World 2: similarities and differences in online porn and sex searches

Considering the huge success achieved by the first post “XXX World: Most Searched Porn Terms By Country and State & Average Daily Impressions“, I can definitely say that this is a true HOT topic.

So, here we are with some brand new infographics to better understand the topic, thanks to Vincenzo Cosenza aka @VinCos… enjoy!

What are people looking for, when they are looking for sex? Speaking of web searches, Google knows a lot about this stuff, obviously, but doesn’t tell. PornMD, instead, has decided to share some information about sex searches related to PornHub properties (PornHub is the most visited porn website of the world). A new section called PornMD LIVE shows what users from all over the globe are searching for, in real time.

Another section shows the top 10 most commonly searched terms on the network over a 6 months period, for each country.

So I have decided to aggregate these data in order to visualize similiarities and differences among sex searches from different countries.
Sankey diagram allows to easely see countries on the left and searches on the right. Common keywords are represented by bigger boxes.

Overall there is a tendency to search for themselves: for example, the top search term for Italy is “Italian”, Germany’s is “Germany” and so on.
Common sex fantasies in Europe are related to: amateur, mature, massage, casting, MILF, teen, anal.
But there are countries like Ireland, Romania, Hungary, Finland, Ukraine, that have peculiar, and sometimes weird, porn tastes. For example, Irish are looking for “drunk” people, Romanians and Hungarians for “mom and son” scenes.

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Expanding the work to all the globe, I have identified the most common terms for each continent. In the data visualization below you can see the most shared keywords worldwide. MILF, teen and anal seem to be the most recurring ones.

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[Source: Vincos]