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goodroi




msg:1535788
 7:10 pm on Feb 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

I updated my cheat sheet of search commands now that the new MSN is live. My friends starting asking for copies so I figured I'd be easiest to just post it. MSN is different than Yahoo & Google, it can display searches in groups of 10, 15, 30, 50. It will give a maximum of 250 results as opposed to Yahoo's and Google's limit of 1000 results. Default location is San Jose, CA. You can narrow your search by language (Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish) Listed below are the searches and an example of each search is shown in the grey boxes. Feel free to add to the list.

General Searching

  • Search exact phrase
    “widgets”
  • Search any part of the term
    (apple OR orange)
  • Search for all of the words
    apple oranges
  • Search for none of the terms
    -(apple oranges)
  • Search for pages from a region (This will give webpages about widgets from the US and Australia)
    (loc:US OR loc:AU) widget

    Link Research

  • Search for backward links from 1 domain
    link:http://www.yahoo.com
  • Search for backward links from multiple domains
    (link:yahoo.com OR link:google.com)

    Site Research

  • Display 250 pages from a site
    site:widgets.com –qasw
  • Display page excluding a domain
    -site:widgets.com

    Misc.

  • To emphasize sites that have been recently added to the search index (you can select the amount of empahsis by picking a value between 0-100)
    widgets {frsh=100}
  • To emphasize sites by the number of other sites that link to them(you can select the amount of empahsis by picking a value between 0-100)
    widgets {popl=100}
  • To emphasize on the match between your exact search words and your results, This will de-emphasize the two other slider rankings. (you can select the amount of empahsis by picking a value between 0-100)
    widgets {mtch=100}

  •  

    thaedge




    msg:1535789
     11:23 pm on Feb 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

    Mucho thanks - I wasnt uptodate on MSN

    A nice have all in one place as well

    Marcia




    msg:1535790
     6:09 am on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

    Excellent post goodroi, thank you!

    MSN has always been effective for sending motivated people for some markets, both for traffic and conversion, and the more familiar we become with them the better off we'll be.

    Receptional




    msg:1535791
     9:15 am on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

    Good idea. Alternative Link Research:

    link:www.yahoo.com -www.yahoo.com

    Shows links into domain excluding internal links.

    Dixon.

    papamaku




    msg:1535792
     9:50 am on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

    Receptional, you can do that with Google + Yahoo already:

    link:www.domain.com -site:www.domain.com

    Receptional




    msg:1535793
     9:59 am on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

    Doesn't work for me on Google. Infact Google's Link: command has been extremely dubious for months now imho.

    wspwsp




    msg:1535794
     1:07 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

    Hello,

    does anybody know how to see the cache of a page? Like in google: cache:http://www.domain.com/page.html

    I need the command for MSN and Yahoo

    Thanks

    Easy_Coder




    msg:1535795
     1:53 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

    If you want to subscribe to a serp result so that you can watch it daily in your aggregator then add &format=rss to the querystring to get an RSS Feed on your search.

    Receptional




    msg:1535796
     4:54 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

    does anybody know how to see the cache of a page? Like in google: cache:http://www.domain.com/page.html

    Don't know about a "command" but find the page in the MSN results and if they have a cache, it's there to click on.

    caine




    msg:1535797
     2:28 pm on Feb 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

    I'm impressed!

    hooloovoo22




    msg:1535798
     4:24 am on Mar 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

    how about a "allinurl" command...?

    anyone?

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