How to Get Google Search Results That Are Actually Useful

Although Google isn’t at risk of losing its position as the most popular search engine, the results are more difficult to find than ever. Google's results pages are filled with ads, recommendations, and sites that excel at search engine optimization, rather than providing accurate, reliable answers to your questions.
You need to do more than just type in a few keywords. You should be able find what you are looking for faster and easier by following the tips below.

You can run more specific searches

Quotation marks allow you to be more specific in your searches. Google via David Nield

It is a great way to narrow down your search. You can put your search terms in quotation marks, from song lyrics to movie titles. This will cut down on the amount of results pages clutter. Google already knows what you are looking for. This is especially useful when keywords are not often used together.

You can filter out search results that contain that keyword by adding a minus ("") sign to the end of a keyword. This is useful when you don't want your keywords to have a certain association or you want to filter out news stories that dominate the headlines and search results. You can also add a plus ("+") symbol to words that you absolutely want to include or match. Google will automatically consider some keywords optional.

The more keywords you include in your search results, the better. Although you may believe that Google knows what your search terms are, you will be amazed at how much more accurate results you get. This is a great way to get more hits that are not closely related to your search terms.

Concentrate on the Individual Sites

You can also pull up results from sites such as Wikipedia. Google via David Nield

Google will most likely search the web for search results. But not all the time. You can type site: after the keywords to find a site that you are interested in. Google will only return results for that domain.