4 Internet Search Tools (and When to Use Each One)

There’s a good chance that what you’re looking for is out there somewhere. You just have to find it! Here are four search tools and when it’s best to use each one.


Google (or Your Favorite Search Engine)

Google is the leading search engine but you may have another you prefer to use as your main search engine. Either way, this main search engine is usually the first place to go for any search that is not particularly visual.


When to use it?

  • When you’re searching for information, products, people, places, stores, facts and figures.
  • When you have a question or a problem



4 Internet Search Tools (and when to use each one)



Google images

Google Image search is both dangerous and handy! As for the dangerous part, just think through what you’re searching for and what images might come up, and then look cautiously until you’re sure it’s a pretty safe search.


When to use it?

  • When you want to know what a particular color is. For example, if you want a visual definition of emerald, type “emerald” and “color” into the search bar. In many cases the “color” is necessary to narrow your search to actual colors.
  • When you want to see inspiring images. For example, red and white bouquets.
  • Any time you are specifically looking for images. I’ve used it, for example, to look for various kinds of maps. For weddings or wedding related stuff, it’s more likely to have to do with decorations and outfits.


Note: DO NOT pin images found in Google image search results. Go the website where the image is located and pin from there.



Pinterest is a “discovery tool.” You can use the search feature or explore in other ways. 


When to use it?

  • Anytime you want your search results to be visual.
  • When you are looking for inspiring or pretty images.
  • When searching for recipes and diy tutorials.
  • When searching for blog posts.
  • When regular search engines aren’t pleasing you.


Another search engine

There is more than one search engine. You might want to have a few alternatives on hand.


When to use it?

  • When your main search engine and Pinterest aren’t giving you what you want. A different search engine may give you different results and it just might give you something Google (or your favorite search engine) didn’t give you (or was hiding on page eighty-five).



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