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How many people use the filters in the left hand column?

     
8:29 pm on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I've noticed a number of hits from unexpected search terms in my stats for fairly new pages which I've only been able to reproduce by invoking some of the search tools such as 'past month', 'past year' etc. Has anyone conducted any research into the proportion of searches that are affected by these filters?
1:17 am on Aug 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I honestly love the left hand sidebar features, specially for link building those can help you find goldmine if you are not good with advance queries.

However, I have no stats or any research to tell you about the traffic portion of those filters. My guess is not a lot of people use it. That is why they have now added a realtime search feature.
1:30 am on Aug 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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This is also a guess, or a hint of an idea on how to quantify this - however roughly.

When you look in your query terms stats inside Webmaster Tools, you notice that you get some impressions at a wildly different position than the norm. I'm assuming that some part of those impressions comes from Search Options being used. So that number would be the ceiling number - the maximum. In reality, there are several other reasons you might get a wildly different ranking, so the true number of search options users is going to be lower.

[edited by: tedster at 1:58 am (utc) on Aug 27, 2010]

1:54 am on Aug 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I never use it.