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Using Search Operators

Every major search engine including Bing, Google, Scrub The Web, Yahoo! and others let you use special search operators with your keywords so you can better control the way you search. Below are the search operators supported by Scrub The Web.

Advanced Search Syntax

Use the following search engine query operators with your search terms to filter through search results and find exactly what you want.

Operator Description of Usage
- Put a minus sign (-) in front of words that you want to reject. For example, the query:

tyson chicken -mike

will return results for Tyson chicken, but most likely NOT the boxer Mike Tyson.

Note: Placing any operator (i.e., the - symbol) in front of the first word will have no effect.
" Use double quotation marks (") for words that must appear together. Multiple phrases may be searched for in the same query. For example, the query:

"health club" "San Francisco"

will match documents containing both phrases somewhere within the document.
Logical expressions Logical expressions are also allowed. Example:

Symbol '|' means or
Symbol '-' means does not contain

movies "Sixth Sense" | "Die Hard"

Will return results for all pages containing the phrase "Sixth Sense" or "Die Hard"

movies "Sixth Sense" -"Die Hard"

Will return results for all pages containing the phrase "Sixth Sense" but NOT "Die Hard"

Note: using the '|' may return strange results if not grouped properly. For example;

movies "Sixth Sense" | "Die Hard" "Unbreakable"

will not return the results you may think. The above query will return results for movies "Sixth Sense" OR "Die Hard" OR "Unbreakable"

Using the '|' will make all other keywords that follow become OR. See grouping below for more information
Filter by site You may also restrict your search query to or away from specific sites. Example:

apple site:scrubtheweb.com

the above will match all documents which contain the word apple and will ONLY return results from scrubtheweb.com.

apple -site:scrubtheweb.com

the above will match all documents which contain the word apple and will NOT return results from scrubtheweb.com.

Note: searching on -site:scrubtheweb.com apple will not produce the results you expect. That's because the first keyword entered is considered a required keyword.
Filter by Domain You can get a listing of all files indexed by domain. Example:

site:your_domain.com

the above will list all documents which are part of the domain "your_domain.com" as well as "www.your_domain.com" or any other level.
Filter by Title You can restrict your search query to only match documents where a single keyword or phrase is found in the TITLE. Example:

intitle:apple

the above will match all documents where the keyword apple is found in the TITLE.

intitle:apple pie

the above will match all documents where the keyword apple is found in the TITLE and the keyword pie is found anywhere on the page.

intitle:"apple pie"

the above will match all documents where the keyword phrase "apple pie" is found in the TITLE.
Filter by Body You can restrict your search query to only match documents where the keywords are found in the BODY of the document. Example:

inbody:apple

the above will match all documents where the keyword apple is found in the BODY of the document.

inbody:apple pie

the above will match all documents where the keyword apple is found in the BODY of the document and the keyword pie is found anywhere on the page.

inbody:"apple pie"

the above will match all documents where the keyword phrase "apple pie" is found in the BODY of the document.
Grouping You can mix and match all filters and operators as explained above to further restrict your search results. This is achieved using the grouping operator a.k.a. the parenthesis '()'. Here are some examples;

desert (pie | cherry) crust
chips (corn | potato | tortilla)
weather (site:usatoday.com | site:cnn.com)
"auto parts" (site:junkyarddog.com | site:junkyarddog.net)
site:junkyarddog.com (inbody:parts | intitle:auto)

Experiment with your query

Try different approaches. This will help you get exactly the kinds of sites you want.

Be as descriptive as possible in your query -- the more words used the more exact your search results will be.

Check your spelling -- even a small error will affect your search results.

To find listings most relevant to what you are looking for, construct your query as precisely as possible. You might not find exactly what you want if your search is too general.