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Footprints of Google: learn to use them to improve your SEO

marzo 31, 2020


Did you know you can customize searches on Google for pure gold? using Footprints can find opportunities to build the link building of your website or to spy on your competition.

Want to know what they are and how they are used?

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  • 1 What are the Footprints of Google searches
  • 2 básicas2.1 Search Advanced Search Network social2.2 precio2.3 Search hashtag2.4 Exclude words búsqueda2.5 Find matches exactas2 .6 search wildcard, wildcard or terms desconocemos2.7 Limit the search to a range of números2.8 Combine búsquedas2.9 Restrict search to one site determinado2.10 search websites parecidos2.11 Get information from a sitio2.12 cached version of a page
  • 2.1 search social network
  • 2.2 search by price
  • 2.3 search hashtag
  • 2.4 Exclude search words
  • 2.5 search exact matches
  • 2.6 search wildcard, wildcard or terms to know
  • 2.7 Limit the search to a range of numbers
  • 2.8 2.9
  • Combine searches Restrict search to a yes determined uncle

  • 2.10 Find websites like
  • 2.11 Obtain information from a site
  • 2.12 cached version of a page
  • 3 Footprints of Google assets to date
  • 4 How to combine Footprints
  • 2.1 search social network
  • 2.2 search by price
  • 2.3 search hashtag
  • 2.4 Exclude search words
  • 2.5 search exact matches
  • 2.6 search wildcard, wildcard or terms unknown
  • 2.7 Limit the search to a range number
  • 2.8 Combine searches
  • 2.9 Restrict search to a specific site
  • 2.10 Find websites like
  • 2.11 Obtain information from a site
  • 2.12 cached version of a page

What are the Footprints of google

google has enabled some commands Call ADOS Footprints, some filters that allow you to tune to the maximum results in search engine that returns.

The footprints are free but if you spend using them maybe the search engine forces you to fill out the «captcha» every now and then to check that there are a blackhatero script with bad intentions

One of the advantages of advanced search these commands is that you can combine with each other to restrict the maximum results. Why are a commonly used tool among those dedicated to the SEO: well used allow you find everything.

Let’s see how to use them:

advanced searches Basic

There are websites that collect the most common Google Footprints, but do not rely on 100% of all of them, as they may be somewhat outdated. This is normal, since Google updated from time to time the list of footprints that are active, eliminating some and adding new ones. In any case, just try and verify whether or not they work.

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Before show the most common, you know that Google has an advanced search page that can save you use FootPrints if you need does not require too complex filters:

in its support pages, Google also offers a list of basic symbols or words to restrict searches. Would become the «official» Footprints. You will also combine them with each other or with the «unofficial».

Let’s see them with graphic examples.

social network


Write @ in front of the social network and the search term that interests you. For example, @twitter Romuald Fons to display the results in this case there about me on Twitter:

Search by price

If you write the symbol of the euro or the dollar ahead of a price and doing with that the search for a product, you narrows the results to those who meet that condition. For example, if I want to find a smartphone that would cost 500 euros: € 500


Search hashtag

If you put the pad # in front of a word shows publications with that hashtag. For example, to #Champions:

Exclude search words

Place the minus sign – in front of the word you want to exclude from the search. For example, «best -Messi goals,» show us the best goals publications that do not contain Messi:

Search exact matches

Put the word or phrase you want quotation marks. For example, «the best Chinese mobile»:

Search wildcard, wildcard or terms


Put an asterisk * in the hollow of the word you want to work as a wildcard or desconozcas for your search. For example, Francisco de * shows possible combinations:

Limit the search to a range of numbers

Simply put two points .. between the two figures to narrow the results to these numerical bands. For example, if we buy us a GPS to cost between 100 and 200 euros: GPS € 100 .. € 200. Note that here we’re combining two commands:

Combine searches

save time searching with the OR command. For example, if you want information on chairs and couches, put «or armchair chair»:

Restrict search to a specific site

If what you intend is to find something within a particular website, simply put it you are looking for followed by site: For example, if we find articles that cite a PewDiePie in the online edition of the newspaper El Mundo we would put PewDiePie site: The result is:

You can also put simply site: and the address of a site for the pages you have indexed in Google the web.

Find similar websites

If you want to find pages related to yours, use the command followed by your domain related. For example, if you want to see what websites resemble that of the satirical newspaper El Mundo Today, we would related:

obtain information from a site

You put info: and the address you want, and Google shows you the result of that web and additional information possibilities it offers. For example, if we put info:, indicates its website and suggests cache show, similar pages, the site of the website Do and other pages where that term appears:

cached version of a page

Write cache: and the direction you want. Google will show you, if you have the saved screenshot of the latest web. This can be useful to compare with the current or retrieve some data that have been lost and appear in the old version, albeit a few days normally. Here

not worth putting a snapshot, since doing the search automatically redirected to the Web cache. Try yours and see.

far more advanced searches Basic. Now let’s see footprints «real».

Google Footprints of assets to date

Before entering the field, a warning. But in other cases is of no importance, these footprints must respect if commands or not they wear a space after the colon to function properly.

What it does not matter is to or not www. But the extent of your domain yeah, that always: .com, .org, .edu, which have.

Now, let the footprints:

  • inurl: Lets you know ___ pages whose domains include the least some of the keywords that you put. Let’s say we are interested in knowing how many and what sites contain in their url any of these terms: chips poor. You can see how shows where potatoes and poor results appear, but not fried.

  • allinurl: ___ This command is used when you want, by following the example above, to show you the pages in its domain containing all the words you indicate. In this case we see how, now listed sites whose domains include both potatoes and fried, as poor:

  • inanchor: ____ will throw as a result websites that contain in the anchor text of a link any of the words What have you put. For example, if you want to know what sites have links that anchor text is containing «cooking lentils» or «cook» or «lentils»:

For unbelievers, we go into any of these results to ensure that, in indeed contain a link with anchor text that includes some of the words. Indeed, it contains one where it is included «lentils», one of our two search terms:

  • allinanchor: ___ Same as above, but in this case only select those sites linked whose anchor text necessarily include all the keywords you’ve indicated, and not just some of them. Look for «cooking braised lentils»:

and entered one of the results to see that a link indeed appears with all our terms:

  • intext: ____ In this case it will display websites in which text appears at the least some of the words you specify. Let’s test the prediction made Umberto Eco: the invasion of imbeciles. We see sites where some of these terms appear in their texts.

  • allintext: ____ If we do the same search for another operator before this, we will only pages in search texts appear with all components. Eye, not necessarily in that order. It would suffice to include the quotation marks our terms, ie combining another command.

  • intitle: ____ When we want to know whose title pages include some of the words we choose. Let’s see what websites have pages with titles where all or some of these keywords «intelligent zombies rebellion» appear:

  • allintitle: ____ Now we want to know those with the title each and every one of the words included before . Search logically yields far fewer results to be very specific. Namely two:

  • filetype: ___ This operator is very useful when looking for a file with a particular format (doc, xls, jpg, zip, png …). Ext: ___ does exactly the same. For example, if you want a PDF on SEO:

  • link: ___ On paper, it would be very useful to know which pages link to yours or those of your competitors. However, it will only work if the site in question has enough backlinks and / or authority and not that Google shows too, really. For this it is better to use other tools. Can combine it with -site: to eliminate results of your own pages, but keep in mind that your social networks will appear:

So far the list of footprints of Google that are currently active and most frequently used .

Then there are many who are very specific. For example, flight: city shows you immediately proposed flight to that destination; weather: city, weather is going to do there; define: word to show you the meaning of that term.

On Google News you can use source: to show news of a particular medium or location: city news media located in an exact site.

Google is adding new ones, but also eliminating others. For example, recently it stopped working movie (showing movies on Google Showtimes) and disappeared author: to search for articles by author signature.

Combining the Footprints

Here is where you can become an alchemist all organic search. Combine commands to find what you are looking for. For example, if you devote yourself to selling shoes and you want to see blogs that are yours competition, Look inurl: blog «shoes». That will give us as a result blogs whose address appears the word shoes. We could narrow further putting shoes man, woman, boy, leather, etc …

can refine your search further. If you only want to see, from that list, what of Spain and the suffix .com, add it to the site command: .es

Now we have a short list, with very specific results, may be interested to know what of these blogs allow post comments. To do this, our Footprint personalized’ll add now intext: «post a comment» or intext: «leave a comment» formulas that normally appear on blogs that allow:

In agreement, we can loop the loop a little more. If we want to know which of these Spanish shoe blogs that allow comments you can do it without registering, we add another command more to our long footprint:

inurl: blog «shoes» site: .com intext: «post to comment «» submit «. Thus, using the minus sign and the usual formula in English to «send» the commentary, we are ordering Google not to show those that do not concern us:

have spun so thin that seems to really only has left a valid result for us. Well, now we see only one thing: if we really worth leaving a comment and a link on this blog.

Here’s who will always tell you to notice the authority (DA and PA) of the page in question. I tell you all that passes.

To assess whether you should leave a comment or a link on a web, strip common sense. Come in, see if the fit subject, if you really justify you make your contribution because it will generate some kind of value, whether it is a web «real» …

Any link that adds value naturally be good regardless of the authority of the web.

With this process have filtered results with the idea of ​​creating backlinks, but the possibilities are varied. Question of test and test.

Do you wear the footprints of Google regularly? Tell us your experience or ask your questions.