New Google Advanced Search Page Drops Links To Page

Nov 23, 2011 • 8:39 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Advanced SearchGoogle has updated their advanced search page with the new design, cleaned up some search options and removed some page specific search tools.

The removed tools include the ability to:

(1) Find pages similar to the page

(2) Find pages that link to the page

They have also renamed some of the search options, but most of the other search features remained.

Here are before and after screen shots:


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There is a complaint from a teacher in the Google Web Search Help forums where the teacher said:

I've taught students to go to advanced search and then click on MORE - and enter the web page that they are evaluating into the "Find pages that link TO this page" as one of the criteria of evaluating a web pages credibility.

It doesn't appear to be there anymore. This is one of the 21st century skills used to evaluate web pages.

I know that I can enter "link:mywebpage" into the google search bar. But I was trying to teach students that they didn't need to memorize it.

The link command has not been accurate in years, so it makes sense for Google to remove it. It does work as but again, it is not accurate. Removing it from the advanced search page does make sense, if it isn't accurate.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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sandeep kumar

11/23/2011 01:49 pm

Thanks buddy... I was not aware about the trick - link:mysiteurl will give you list of websites which have link to you. Thanks once again

Phil Bradley

11/23/2011 05:40 pm

Agreed that the options have not been accurate, but lets face it, not that much about Google search IS accurate, and hasn't been for a very long time. The sensible choice would have been to improve the functionality, rather than reduce the options. However, it's perfectly clear that Google does not WANT people to search independently. They are increasingly trying to channel people down the 'Google knows best' line, when quite clearly (to everyone except Google) they don't. The only upside of this sorry situation is that the role of the expert searcher - the librarian - becomes even more important than ever.

Matt Burgess

11/23/2011 10:59 pm

The one I miss? Ability to show 100 results per page.

Angela Westell

12/11/2011 08:10 pm

I've tried it. Great idea if you've got brains :)


02/11/2012 10:50 pm

Yes... it does not work. Just tried it on our compamies web page and not one single ACTUAL link showed up. But ironically a sub oage showed up


03/01/2012 12:45 am

You have NO idea how annoying, no INFURIATING these uncalled for changes are!! The previous format was very straightforward and easy to use. The new one is overcomplicated, toooo long and impractical. Why can't you people understand the simple rule: "If it ain't broken, don't bloody fix it"!!!!!


03/01/2012 01:07 am

By "too long", I meant 'too crowded' (the page).  The other bother is that I'm having to google Advanced Search before I can do any search. So, all in all, the new format is an imposed, unwanted disaster, and I speak as a teacher!


03/15/2012 11:28 pm

change back poor product for user

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