Is Google holding you back ?
Many people online are trapped inside the Googlenet, trapped by the weighted, personalised and censored list.
Mostly they are trapped by using the word "Google" instead of "Search", and from not remembering a time before Google bought its way to the top.
In the "before-time" there were many search engines with different pros and cons. Possibly the greatest was AltaVista (1996) - https://wikipedia.org/wiki/AltaVista which also brought us the first online translator "Babel Fish".
Bought and buried by the once equally mighty Yahoo, it is now just a bitter sweet memory for ageing nerds around the globe.
We used to use powerful software based spiders/crawlers such as Copernic Agent, and curated directories such as DMOZ ODP, which is still going under the new name Curlie.
Now we use web search engines which mix submitted results with automated crawling of the web.
There are still useful alternative search engines and alternative ways to use Google, though with modern browsers you can often bypass the search engines and install the search feature from most sites you use.
Many years ago when Google was still just another search engine Original site in 1998
I used to use a search engine called Dogpile Original site in 1996
I still fetch my results from www.dogpile.com
Dogpile is not as useful as it was then because it no longer has much good competition.
How does that make sense you may ask.
Dogpile is not like regular search engines because it is a meta search engine.
This means it searches other search engines and shows the combined results from all, giving you a wider spread and less censorship problems.
Today it only searches Google, Bing, Yahoo and Yandex, but this is enough most of the time.
Are you getting bad Google results ?
You may not be if you seem to be browsing from a different country. Try a proxy or VPN.
Too much clutter and noise in the results ?
Try using a minus in front of words to make sure it does not show results containing those, -just -like -this.
Try "putting your search in quotes", or adding+a+plus+between+words if you want to find exactly that phrase.
Try the advanced search options.
Perhaps you need more technical or educational search results.
You should be using scholar.google.com
If you have access to University facilities, you can add your credentials and have it include those results.
Do you often need results specific to a set of sites you visit, or that share a theme or common use ?
In this case you should use Google Custom Search Engine www.google.com/cse/
You can make multiple collections of custom searches with different sites being indexed in each.
This is intended mostly for use on web sites to provide searches on that site, but you can use it with a special link you should bookmark.
I will use one of my own custom searches as an example.
As I am a fan of and a community moderator for the game Unreal Tournament, I made a custom search including all the UT sites and sites with UT sections that I found most useful.
This gives me very concise results and no filler.
You may find it useful to have a collection of news sources, art, history, or science and technology sites.
If you want to live in a perfect bubble you could add only the news sources you agree with, so your searches always match your view point.
Using other search engines is not so painful.
You can use Startpage for a private way to search Google. This removes personalisation and so any "bubble" you may have created with your previous searches and activities online.
It also offers a handy proxy for times when you are blocked from a site.
Bing is a lot better than you think, especially as most people think Google is the internet, so only ask Google to hide or remove results.
It also has a similar custom search engine system that you can abuse... err, I mean use www.customsearch.ai
DuckDuckGo is a privacy focused search engine and works like Dogpile, by aggregating the results from Bing, Yahoo and Yandex into 1 set of results.
Qwant like Startpage and DuckDuckGo are focused on user privacy, but use their own database
Yippy is a general search engine, and has a very useful way of grouping your results based on relative categories and topics.
Webopedia is an online dictionary and Internet search engine for information technology and computing definitions.
Yahoo and Ask Jeeves are still... sites you can visit...