Proximity Search on Google-Free Wednesday

The international version of Yandex, the Russian search engine, has a collection of advanced commands that include a proximity operator that is extremely useful for drilling down to what your really want. For example, a search statement might be, “opec & saudi” (in same sentence) or “opec && saudi” (in same page).

There is also an /n operator that enables you to specify that words or phrases must appear within a certain distance of each other. For example, a search statment might be “opec saudi /3

An interesting operator is the non-ranking “and”, which is entered as “<<“: the words after the operator do not affect the ranking of the page in the results.

The search operators are listed at https://yandex.com/support/search/how-to-search/search-operators.xml.

Search Link and Results Copying

The Google/Yandex Search Link Fix Firefox extension prevents Google Search and Yandex from modifying result links when they are clicked. If you try to copy the link you may get gibberish instead of the actual link. If you try to copy the text description in the results it won’t work unless you got to the Edit menu and select Copy — Ctl+C won’t work. This extension disables these behaviors on any Google domain without having to configure anything.