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

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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?

6:53 am on June 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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&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.

10:51 pm on June 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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.

11:01 pm on June 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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.

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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.

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That's worth some study

Hmmm...A QDF effect?

4:29 am on June 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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.

1:30 am on June 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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

1:56 am on June 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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'.

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Thanks for your insight g1smd.

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