[time-nuts] Google search tricks
ed_palmer at sasktel.net
Sun Sep 4 22:31:50 EDT 2011
I usually add the following to my searches to reduce (but not
eliminate) the links back to ebay:
-ebay -auction -bid -paypal -"buy it now"
Other google tricks that I often use are:
1. quotation marks - match pages with this phrase. e.g. "buy it now"
2. plus sign - match pages with this _exact_ text _only_. Don't give
me synonyms, similar words, or any of the other fuzz that was mentioned
in another message. Sometimes this makes no difference, sometimes it
makes a huge difference. e.g. +"gps antenna" +Motorola
3. 'site' keyword - matches pages on only the stated site (or excludes
if preceeded by the minus sign). e.g. site:www.febo.com or
site:febo.com if there are multiple sites under one domain. This is
the best way to search the Time-Nut archives. I've also used
"-site:.info" (that's 'minus site colon period info' to weed out all
sites that end with .info .
4. 'filetype' keyword - match only the listed filetype. e.g.
filetype:pdf . Here's the list of filetypes that Google can find:
On 9/4/2011 5:54 PM, Charles P. Steinmetz wrote:
Use "-text" in your search to exclude results with "text" on the
page. For example, "-ebay" will exclude all ebay listings (and any
other page that mentions ebay). I use this one a lot. If your
problem seller is eBay user "time47743", then using "-time47743"
will exclude any pages with that eBay ID (including complaints in
newsgroup archives about eBay user time47743, and any pages that use
that string for another purpose).
I strongly encourage folks to use the tools on the Google "advanced
search" page -- you can save yourself a lot of grief wading through
hundreds of thousands of hits for the few you want.
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