June 20, 2003

Google Proximity Searching

Rita Vine wonders about Google proximity searching and asks for some input. While I cannot attest to the search technique employed by Elwyn Jenkins (placing an * in between keywords - although I think that it will only work with phrases), I have had much luck with the Staggernations Google API Proximity search, which can be used for up to three spaces in between keywords. A must bookmark.

Posted by Steven at June 20, 2003 10:58 PM

Glad you like the GAPS tool. Actually, all it does is use the same technique Elwyn Jenkins describes, but does it multiple times and combines the results--searching for "bob" and "uncle" two words apart does these queries:

"bob uncle"
"bob * uncle"
"bob * * uncle"
"uncle bob"
"uncle * bob"
"uncle * * bob"

Obviously, it's cumbersome to do all of these queries individually, which is why I wrote the script...

Posted by: Kevin Shay on June 23, 2003 02:59 PM
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