If you're searching for something and it's taking too long, you're doing it wrong! Here are some tips to speed up your search process.

1. Search from a single site

Ever try to dig up an article about luxury hotels that you saw on Home & Decor? When you search “luxury hotels” and “Home & Decor” you do get some links to our website, but also some unhelpful stuff from other websites.

To filter out all the other crap, add the keyword “site:homeanddecor.com.sg” (no spaces) to your search. This will restrict your search to the website that follows the “site:” keyword.

2. Ditch Irrelevant Search Terms

Let’s say you’re researching on product designer and architect Poul Henningsen, but you don’t want to see any more mentions of his work with Louis Poulsen, for whatever reason.

Just add the minus symbol (“-”) right before the term “Louis Poulsen” (without a space) in your search: “Poul Henningsen -louispoulsen.”

Now you’ll only see results that don’t include the term “Louis Poulsen.” 

3. Find Related Websites

The scenario: You love photos of puppies, but you’re not satisfied with the trickle of content you get every day at iheartdogs.com.

Find related sites (and more puppies) by adding the keyword “related:” to your Google search. So for other sites like iheartdogs.com, just search “related:iheartdogs.com”.

4. Google Image Search Hack

Click on the Images tab, and then  on the small camera icon on the right side of the search box.

 

Upload the photo and describe the object as best as you can. Let's say you spotted a cool piece of Singapore art at your friend's place:

Photo: Kenneth Wee

But he has no idea where he got it. Upload a snapshot of it and type in: “Singapore”:

There it is. Mystery solved.

There’s one caveat: Google doesn’t give you the option to do this from your phone—just the desktop version. But now that you know you can reverse-search images, you’ll be surprised how many ways you’ll find to use it.

Wondering if a product you found at the store is available cheaper somewhere else? Grab its photo and plug it into Google Images. Think your girlfriend resembles an actress, but can’t decide which one? Snap her picture and plug it into Google, along with the search term “actress."

By Markham Heid, additional reporting by Kenneth Wee, for Men's Health.