Google Refinements Applied to Site Command Search

Dec 8, 2006 • 8:04 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

I often use the site command query operator at Google to find results within a particular site. This morning when writing about Possible Google Update Before Holiday Season? I conducted a search for all matches for the keyword florida on It brought up a set of refinement links (often pulled from Google Coop's Topics (but I did not set up topics for this site). Those refinements look like this:


They link to:

Of course this is a mix of refinements where they serve no relevant purpose to me at all. I know I do not write about dining information in Florida, nor do I talk about Florida tour or shopping.

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12/08/2006 02:24 pm

I would say that it is hard to misunderstand the searcher's intent when they use an operator like that. Interestingly, and hard to tell from the screenshot, they are still limiting those results to the domain. And the refinements seem to be based upon the search term "florida" or other explicit geographic locations rather than the domain name. Works much more meaningfully on a site like travelocity than seroundtable. :) Nice catch. :)

Barry Schwartz

12/08/2006 02:29 pm

Exactly Bill. Maybe I should start a travel site, but it works the same at many sites that are not travel. Maybe Google should not use refinements (in this manner) for operator searches.


12/08/2006 08:53 pm

I believe that Google has been trialling pushing out some of the traditional coop categories into the main search for a couple of months now. Whether this is a good thing or not is yet to be seen.

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