I have a frustrating feeling that Google's results are sometimes inaccurate:

When I'm looking for terms that do not exist together, Google gives me results anyway even if these results do not contain these search terms together.

How to avoid this useless behavior?


If you want all the results contain the exact term you're looking for, just wrap the term in double quote. E.g. to search for soccer and avoid the synonyms of soccer to appear in search results, just search for "soccer", all the results will contain the term soccer.

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  • And if they don't, perhaps the page has changed since Google last crawled it. – oKtosiTe Feb 8 '12 at 19:22
  • Also bear in mind, that Google will want to bring you to websites that are thematically linked to your search term, even though it does not appear on the first listed sites. – user 99572 is fine Feb 8 '12 at 22:25
  • @user99572isfine If you search with double quotes, google will only show the results which contains that term. No thematically linked result. – Bibhas Feb 9 '12 at 14:03
  • @Bibhas No, I beg to differ. Look here on Google help support.google.com/websearch/bin/…. In light of that link you need to revise your answer, otherwise it is wrong. – user 99572 is fine Feb 10 '12 at 13:56
  • By putting double quotes around a single word, you are telling Google to match that word precisely as you typed it. I guess I should update my answer adding the single word part. I do not see anything else. – Bibhas Feb 10 '12 at 14:17

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