Quite some time back I wrote about Google Search Hacks that you could use to check the health of your blog. I promised at the time to look at Yahoo hacks but never got around to it. Well, lets put that straight now shall we? Here’s a short list of some of the more fun things you can do with Yahoo Search…
1. Use the Real Interface
Just so that we’re all on the same page, search.yahoo.com is the url you need.
2. Find ALL Your Links
Finding links to your blogs is easy enough in part. Google will show you some of them, but only to specific pages, and technorati will also show you some of them, though they’ll arguably be a little fresher than Google. What you can do with Yahoo though is better, much better:
linkdomain command in the search box like this:
linkdomain:mydomainsanswww.com. You can see how it works in the image below:
3. Yahoo Blog Search
You can do a Yahoo blog search by hacking at Yahoo News. Try the Search box below:
If you want to put that code on your own site, just paste the code below onto a blank html page or put it on a post.
4. Search Creative Commons
This made a big splash when they first announced it, but i’ll bet it’s news to some of you reading this right? You can search for only material licensed under creative commons, which means that if you’re looking for content to mix into topic then you can do so without fear copyright violation.
You have to go to the advanced search page and tick the appropriate box. Easy eh?
Tip: The advanced search page is only one click away, and can REALLY help you search better.
5. Get Search Results as RSS
Unlike Google, Yahoo make it possible for you to subscribe to regular search results. There is no button on the page, but if your browser does not pick up the RSS via auto discovery, you can check the souce for a url like this:
http://api.search.yahoo.com/ WebSearchService/rss/webSearch.xml?appid= yahoosearchwebrss&query=performancing&adult_ok=1 (note i put a couple of spaces in there so the line would break).
I’ll be the first to admit that my search skills aren’t what they once were, so I’d love to see any other hacks you can come up with specifically for Yahoo search!
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