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Does anyone know if the site: operator can be used to specify multiple sites at once (not just *.example.com)? e.g. some way to combine searches like
into one set of results. I've tried things like:
site:pets.com,about.com ( [google.com...] )
site:pets.com;about.com ( [google.com...] )
site:pets.com+about.com ( [google.com...] )
site:pets.com site:about.com ( [google.com...] )
site:pets.com;site:about.com ( [google.com...] )
But no good for any of them. I've googled for this :) and had no hits either.
It doesn't seem that there is any meaningful oreder to site: operator results these days, so I'm not sure that there would be any big value out of combining the results in one search -- even if it were supported. you might as well just copy the results from two separate queries into one big Word file and massage as you see fit.
I could create a Google Site Search, but the amount of sites they want to search makes creating one for each group of sites somewhat expensive (I can restrict the results to just one site within a Google Site Search easily, just not multiple sites - it's all or one). Thus why I was looking for a solution where I could specify multiple site:s in one search.
How do I create a CSE without ads?
You have two opportunities to disable ads on your Custom Search Engine. You can select the Do not show ads option when you first create a Custom Search Engine, or you can follow the steps below to disable advertising on your existing Custom Search Engine:
Hmm, I think in the end I may just recommend either going down another path altogether and using something like mnogosearch or just doing on site at a time. Thanks for the comments so far, in any case :)
Here's what I find:
site:imdb.com star wars - works. [google.com...]
site:en.wikipedia.org star wars - works. [google.com...]
(site:en.wikipedia.org OR site:imdb.com) star wars - fails: only returns results for en.wikipedia.org. [google.com...]
If I reverse the sites and do (site:imdb.com OR site:en.wikipedia.org) star wars, it only returns results from imdb.com - i.e. it's only taking the first site: param.
site:pets.com beagle - works. [google.com...]
site:about.com beagle - works. [google.com...]
(site:about.com OR site:pets.com) beagle - fails: only returns results for about.com. [google.com...]
They are from both sites. If you don't get the query just right, it doesn't work.
But... have you actually looked at the results?
Of course I did.
But... have you actually performed the "correct" search query? ;)
By the way...
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Also, it works for three sites:
And it works for four and more sites as well.
Well, I reckon that's solved it - use OR :) Thanks all for the brainstorm!
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Hehehe, thanks :)