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New time-based search parameters in Google
pavlovapete




msg:3924351
 2:47 am on Jun 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

The old parameters from advanced search were:

&as_qdr=d
&as_qdr=w
&as_qdr=m

New ones I am seeing:

&tbs=rcnt:1
&tbs=qdr:d
&tbs=qdr:w
&tbs=qdr:m

and my personal favorite: tbs=qdr:h

There's something magical to me to see "58 seconds ago" in a SERP.

Any others I have missed?

 

tedster




msg:3924507
 6:53 am on Jun 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

&as_qdr=y or &tbs=qdr:y [indicate past year]

The &as_qdr parameters originate when the query comes from Advanced Search. The &tbs parameters occur when the time restrictions originate with the new Search Options [webmasterworld.com]. Looks like two different teams working on this - only partial consistency between the naming conventions.

pavlovapete




msg:3925148
 10:51 pm on Jun 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your addition Tedster.

I had missed the Sort by Date parameter. You can add that to the tbs parameters to get something like:

&tbs=qdr:w,sbd:1
&tbs=rcnt:1,sbd:1 (which is my new favorite now)

Two teams? That's what I was thinking.

g1smd




msg:3925155
 11:01 pm on Jun 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Wow. I'm loving the
&tbs=rcnt:1,sbd:1 parameter when added to the end of a Google search URL.

Some of my pages show a date at the beginning of the snippet. Suspected Supplemental Results do not.

By adding this parameter, the date changes from black typeface to grey, and the date appears for *all* entries in the SERP.

tedster




msg:3925160
 11:21 pm on Jun 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

That's worth some study, g1smd. The first site I tried dropped from 113 results to 19 when I added the parameter - but I'm not seeing any results that omit the gray date, at least not so far.

It would be nice to have a tool for researching "supplemental results" or whatever the Google Backwaters should be called these days.

pavlovapete




msg:3925170
 11:40 pm on Jun 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

That's worth some study

Hmmm...A QDF effect?

tedster




msg:3925274
 4:29 am on Jun 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Adding the recent results parameter &tbs=rcnt:1 (or clicking on the "recent" search option) is giving me some crazy anomalies when combined with a site: operator search.

In one case I see 1900 results for a straight site: search, but 2,300 for a "recent" site: search. Or the case I mentioned above, the change goes the other direction (more expected): 119 "straight" site: operator results but only 13 "recent" results.

pavlovapete




msg:3933256
 1:30 am on Jun 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

As an addition to this thread I've noticed some new parameters in the Google Groups advanced search allowing you to target dates very selectively.

&as_mind=1
&as_minm=1
&as_miny=2008
&as_maxd=1
&as_maxm=1
&as_maxy=2009

I was hanging out for this - you can now look for things in the month of July 2007, for example.

Not sure if it works outside of Groups Search though.

Cheers

g1smd




msg:3933260
 1:56 am on Jun 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

You cannot associate the date with the adjacent snippet text here. I see pages with date from last year but with snippet using text only added to that page in the last week. The cache doesn't show that text and is dated a few days before the text was added to the page.

Title, snippet, cache, are all independant, updated at different times, and what you 'see' for those might not be the same as what is being considered for ranking that 'page'.

pavlovapete




msg:3933267
 2:19 am on Jun 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your insight g1smd.

I wonder if the date parameters might find when the thread was started?

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