Matt Cutts On Google's 'Better Date Search'

Sep 14, 2007 | 2,707 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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In Matt's official blog, an article called 'Useful Google feature: better date search' has reference to 'Easy Way to Find Recent Web Pages' where Ionut Alex Chitu talks about date-based searching.

Anyway, about Matt's post, he says:

"The shortest time frame used to be something like three months; now you can look for things that are less than 24 hours old. What GoogleOS noticed is that the advanced date search affects a url parameter called “as_qdr” and Chitu figured out some of the possible values:

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The nice thing is that you can change the value of as_qdr to custom intervals. Here are all the possible values of the as_qdr parameter:

  • d[number] – past number of days (e.g.: d10)
  • w[number] – past number of weeks
  • y[number] – past number of years

This little tweak is as handy as “&strip=1″ on cache: queries and “&filter=0″ on site: queries. Why? It’s an easy way to see new urls that Google has just discovered in the last few days.

For example, there’s been a lot of fast progress on iphone stuff recently. A query such as would show all the new urls for the query [iphone source code] within the last day, because d1 stands for 1 day.

Suppose you wanted to see all the new urls that Google found on your site within the last 7 days. For the domain, I’d use a query such as to find those urls (remember, “d” stands for days and “7″ stands for, well, 7). Previously, you could check whether Google had indexed a new url by (say) searching for content from that url, so this isn’t completely new, but it still simplifies life for site owners."

For more, read Useful Google feature: better date search.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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