Are Google's Allintitle, Allinanchor and Allinurl Operators Buggy?

Oct 3, 2007 • 7:53 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

A WebmasterWorld thread has discussion about Google's allintitle, allinanchor and allinurl operators. Basically, these are special operators you can use when search in Google. For example, if you want to find pages that match a keyword phrase but limit it to the title of the page, you search for [allintitle:keyword phrase here]. If you want to limit the search to anchor text, use allinanchor and if you want to limit your search by keywords in the URL, use allinurl.

Some members are noticing a weird occurrence with these operators. Specifically when using quotes. Typically, if you use quotes in your searches, Google would return a smaller set of results, when compared to not using quotes in your search. Reportedly in these cases of using these operators, it is now working the other way, which seems wrong.

Example, I was looking for . Running allintitle without quotes would return 689 results, allinanchor would return 450, allinurl would return 780. Something rather weird as we are talking about fairly common terms.

However, running exactly the same search WITH quotes would would return 25,000 results for allintitle, 16,800 for allinanchor and 8,900 for allinurl.

Looking at the bolded KWs you can tell that the searches WITHOUT quotes are broader because there are more terms highlighted. For instance, [bold]Widget Rental [/bold] at [bold]Widgets [/bold] Direct UK (no quotes) vs. [bold]Widget Rental [/bold] at Widgets Direct UK (with quotes)

If I understand how these commands work (I hope I do after all these years working in the industry) not using quotes should mean a broader query and higher number of results. Something supported by the fact that there are more terms highlighted. However, that does not seem to be the case.

Some members relate this problem to what we covered yesterday with Google's Index Page Counts Like a "Rollercoaster"?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Michael Martinez

10/03/2007 04:07 pm

"If you want to limit the search to anchor text, use allinanchor..." The ALLINANCHOR and INANCHOR query operators show you sites that have the query text in anchor text pointing to them. In other words, you're asking the search engine to only show you Web pages that have links pointing to them with the specified anchor text. If you use "ALLIN..." as the query operator, everything following the colon ( : ) is taken as the query expression. If you just use "INANCHOR", "INURL", "INTITLE", then only whatever the tool sees up to the next space is considered -- UNLESS you enclose your expression in quotes or otherwise connect the terms. If you use quotes for ALLINTITLE, however, you're asking for an EXACT FIND query, whereas leaving the quotes out stipulates a FIND ALL query -- where order and proximity of search terms are not nearly as significant as in the EXACT FIND mode. Although Google may indeed have rewritten all its query processes with the Searchology Update of May 2007, I would still expect different results in general from an ALLINTTTLE query using an EXACT FIND mode search versus an ALLINTITLE query using a FIND ALL mode search. The commenters in the discussion don't seem to be aware of these distinctions.

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06/26/2011 10:54 am

how about "allintitle" at Google? waht we get from this query?

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