[Video] Using Google Date Based Filters

Tips on How to Use Google Indexing Date Filters

  • The Google advanced search page allows you to search for pages that were recently indexed, letting you filter through days, weeks, months, and years. Here are pages from SeoBook.com indexed in the last week.
  • In the URL they place as_qdr=w as_qdr=d (day) as_qdr=w (week) as_qdr=m (month) as_qdr=y (year). You can also search for multiples of these units, like search for pages indexed in the last 2 weeks by placing as_qdr=w2 in the URL string.
  • If you change your content management system or add new sections to your site you can see how quickly they are getting indexed, and look for any duplicate content issues as the new pages are getting indexed by looking for pages indexed under multiple URLs.
  • If you have never checked your site for duplicate content issues, but recently published content, that might also show any content duplication issues or Google indexed pages that you do not want in Google's index.
  • In addition to using date based filters to find how well your site is getting indexed, you can search to see who is mentioning an idea with a footprint, or use date based filters for doing link research.
Published: October 29, 2007 by Aaron Wall in google videos


October 29, 2007 - 1:45pm

Hi Aaron,

First of all, great SEO resources you have gathered here, really helps a lot and your blog is on my daily reading list now.

I have noticed a different query string 'as_qdr=d' instead of 'qdr=d' on google.com though, and the 'qdr=d' does not seem working.

Keep up the good work !



October 29, 2007 - 5:53pm

I wish I had've known about these (re)search tips a long time ago... would've saved a lot of headaches. Thanks so much.

How did your sites fair in the totally irrelevant PR (pagerank and public relations) update this weekend? ;)

October 29, 2007 - 6:40pm

I fixed the blog post to insert the as_ part. My sites did about as expected I guess, but some of them that were brand new were still 0 because they built their link equity AFTER the cutoff of whatever date was associated with this data push. I honestly don't check PageRank that much though.

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