A couple of weeks ago Google removed the “+” operator, encouraging the use of the double quotes, which are more likely to be used correctly. Now, in order to help you search Google using your ‘exact terms,’ starting today Google made availabe a new tool dubbed verbatim search tool, using which you’ll be able to do search using your terms through verbatim search, revealed Corin Anderson, Principal Engineer, Search.
Anderson notes, “With the verbatim tool on, we’ll use the literal words you entered without making normal improvements,” such as:
- “making automatic spelling corrections
- personalizing your search by using information such as sites you’ve visited before
- including synonyms of your search terms (matching “car” when you search [automotive])
- finding results that match similar terms to those in your query (finding results related to “floral delivery” when you search [flower shops])
- searching for words with the same stem like “running” when you’ve typed [run]
- making some of your terms optional, like “circa” in [the scarecrow circa 1963],” explained Anderson.
In addition to verbatim search, which will be rolling out to all users over the next few days, “we’re also applying similar ideas directly to our algorithms, such as tuning the accuracy of when our query broadening search improvements trigger,” Anderson added.
In the meantime, if you want to search for a very specific term, be that [carosel] or the [etymology of sissors], give the verbatim tool a try.
You can access the verbatim search tool under “More search tools” on the left-hand side.