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The following steps will help you to increase search result accuracy.

  1. If the results are unsatisfactory, reduce the number of words (e.g., "bicycle framework" instead of "carbon bicycle frame work").
  2. Avoid keywords which are too specific or specialized (e.g., "4X4 Honda ATV")
  3. Only search one product at a time.
  4. Don't include a country/region's name in your search (e.g., "shoe Malaysia").
  5. Don't include the word "buyer" or "seller" in your keyword phrase (e.g., "shoe buyer").
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  1. Use the asterisk (*) sign: To broaden your search, use an asterisk (*) at the end of a word or partial word. For example, "auto*" would return all postings starting with "auto", such as "auto" or "automobile" or "automation", etc.
  2. Use quotation marks (" "): For exact results, use quotation marks (e.g., "ac adapter"). If the results are not satisfactory, try again without quotation marks (e.g., ac adapter).
  3. Use the plus (+) sign: When using the operator "+" a keyword will definitely appear in the search results (i.e. "red+apple" will return results containing "apple", but may not contain "red", although those with the word "red" will be listed first.) Please note: Do not leave any spaces between the "+" sign and the keyword.
  4. Use the minus (-) sign: When using the operator "-" sign, a keyword will not appear in the search results. (i.e. "apple-red" will return all results containing "apple", but no results containing "red" will appear.) Please note: Do not leave any spaces between the "-" sign and the keyword.
  5. Remember, make sure that no punctuation marks except +, -, and " " are included in your keyword phrase (i.e. bearing 3000/sec).

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