Site Search


A site search is an option provided by Google where you can generate a listing of all subpages, which can be found for a domain in a search engine index. Thus, you can see the whole spectrum of a website without much effort. Moreover, this list can be filtered as desired.

Procedure[edit]

You generate the listing of the indexed pages directly through the search engine. The search command is entered just like a regular search in the search box. The difference being that you are not searching for a phrase but a URL. By entering

site: URL

you will get a listing of all discoverable subdomains for this URL in the index. You can then filter this listing by entering the applicable command.

site: www.mydomain.com

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Filtering of indexed pages[edit]

There are several ways to filter the results for a site search:

  • Indexed pages and subdomains
site: example.com
  • Indexed pages and subdomains with www.
site: www.example.com
  • Indexed pages that contain the search term in the text or domain
site: example.com “keyword”
  • Indexed pages that contain the keyword in the domain (inurl search)
site: example.de inurl: “keyword”
  • Indexed pages that contain the search term in the text
site: example.de intext: “keyword”
  • Indexed pages with the appropriate file extension
site: example.com file type: “entension”

Site search site as an SEO tool[edit]

Having an overview of all subpages of a website is of benefit for search engine optimization and facilitates orientation in a complex site structure. By a comparison between the existing subpages and those listed in the index, you can detect weaknesses and possibly even entire problem areas within a website. The object of SEO is to find the reasons for the lack of indexing and to correct it. Duplicate content could be a potential cause, for example. The number of subpages in the index is not an indication about traffic to a website. Thus, a domain with five subpages can have more traffic than one with 100 subpages. A site search merely provides information on the status of the indexing.