Advanced Search

In this article we will give you some advanced tips and tricks for the search bar to get even more relevant and accurate results.

To view the basics of the search bar and the filters, click here.

 

Log in to the Dataprovider.com console and select our product Search Engine. The search options we are going to show you are applicable to all our products.

Like Google, Dataprovider.com has a search bar. 

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With this bar you can create queries based on relationships for deeper insights. Get all websites related to a certain keyword, even if they don’t use this keyword. For example, to find all websites related to shoes, Dataprovider.com automatically includes results that don’t contain “shoes” but do use “boots” or “footwear”. Our search graph understands what you’re looking for in 38 languages.

You can insert as many keywords you want. But before you can do this, you need to know more about Boolean Search and its operators.

Let’s say you are looking for a shoe store. Insert “shoe store” in “...”. The inverted commas ensure you keep a string of multiple words together so that you don’t get results such as shoe supply, for example.

More examples:

  • “apple juice”
  • “holiday rental”
  • “product manager”
  • “online marketplace” 
  • “we are closed”

If you are looking for shoes and clothes, type shoes AND clothes. AND guarantees you will get results that include both keywords. However, you don’t need to use AND every time – if you enter two keywords, the search engine will assume that there is AND between them.

More examples:

  • apple AND juice
  • software AND engineer
  • software engineer
  • cloud computing
  • mobile AND app

Let’s say you want to broaden your search. Type “shoe store” OR “clothes store”. OR ensures you will get results that include at least one of the inserted keywords. 

More examples:

  • apple OR juice
  • helpdesk OR “help desk” OR “technical support”
  • “online marketplace” OR “shared economy” OR “crowd economy” OR “trading platform” OR “reselling platform” OR shareconomy
  • restaurant OR cafe OR pub OR cafeteria OR bistro OR pizzeria

If you want to exclude specific words from your search, use NOT. For example, “shoe store” NOT “sports store”. Now you have limited your search only to shoe stores and ensured you won’t get sports stores in your results.

More examples:

  • apple NOT juice
  • NOT director
  • “beauty salon” NOT hairdresser
  • restaurant NOT directory

Parentheses () will help you encapsulate a long search query into one whole and execute it properly. Use () when you have typed more than one operator and more than two keywords in the search bar. For example: (“sales manager” AND “sales representative”) OR “account manager”.

More examples:

  • (apple AND juice) OR (apple AND pie)
  • software AND (engineer OR architect)
  • (Google OR Salesforce) NOT Linkedin
  • (ferienhaus OR ferienwohnung) NOT (hotel OR hotels)
  • (music OR musical) AND (shops OR shop OR store OR stores) 

Use asterisk * if you want to truncate a search term. The asterisk is used to represent one or more other characters. For example, if you insert manage* in the search bar, you will get various spellings of that term in results, e.g. management, manager, etc.

More examples:

  • manage*
  • complain*
  • adolesce*
  • admin*

In addition to the asterisk * there is another wildcard operator which will help you maximize your search: that is the question mark ? which is used as a single character substitute. For example, if you are looking for a man shoe store, you might want to include both man and men in your search. Insert “m?n shoe store” in the search bar and you will get a list which includes all variants of the term. 

More examples:

  • customi?e
  • wom?n
  • behavio?r