Search Queries

“Site:”, “intitle:”, “inurl:” are the most common search operators that are used in different search queries to get the desired result.

Search Queries To Find Websites To List Your Website

These link building queries can help to find directory, business listing, event, coupon, video, contest and article websites where you can list your website or the activities that represent your website.


Find Directories

Keyword + directory

Keyword + directory + add/submit/suggest/post

Keyword + intitle:”directory”

Keyword+ inurl:”directory”

Keyword + “add a site”/”submit site”/”suggest site”/”post site”/”recommend site”

Keyword + “add URL”/”submit URL”/”suggest URL”/”post URL”/”recommend URL”

To search directories from particular location you can use this query

directory + intitle:“location” OR inurl:“location”


Find Business Listing Websites

Keyword + Listings

Keyword +”add your business”/”list your business”

Keyword + “add listing”/”submit listing”/”suggest listing”/”post listing”/”recommend listing”

keyword “submit * site”

keyword “submit * listing”

keyword “submit * website”

keyword “suggest * site”

To search business listings from particular location you can use this query

Business + intitle:“location” OR inurl:“location”


Find Coupon Websites

keyword + coupons + intitle:list

keyword + coupons + intitle:submit/add

keyword + deals + intitle:submit/add

“deals for” + “keyword *” + intitle:submit/add

“coupons for” + “Keyword *” + intitle:submit/add

Keyword + add/submit/post/list coupons

Keyword + intitle:add/submit/post/list coupons


Find Article, Video, Podcast, Whitepaper, Webinar, Event and Contest Websites

Keyword + add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend article

Keyword + add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend video

Keyword + add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend podcast

Keyword + add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend whitepaper

Keyword + add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend webinars

Keyword + add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend event

Keyword + add/submit/suggest/post/list job

Keyword + add/submit/suggest/post/list contest

Keyword + intitle:add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend article

Keyword + intitle:add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend video

Keyword + intitle:add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend podcast

Keyword + intitle:add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend whitepaper

Keyword + intitle:add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend webinars

Keyword + intitle:add/submit/suggest/post/list/recommend event

Keyword + intitle:add/submit/suggest/post/list job

Keyword + intitle:add/submit/suggest/post/list contest


Search Queries To Find Relevant Blogs For Commenting

Blog commenting is a whitehat linkbuilding technique and use these Google search queries to find best blogs for commenting

KEYWORDS “powered by WordPress”

KEYWORDS “leave a comment”

KEYWORDS “reply to post”

KEYWORDS “leave comment”

KEYWORDS “this site uses keyword luv”

KEYWORDS “this site uses comment luv”

Keyword +

Keyword +

Keyword +

Keyword +

Keyword +

Keyword + intext:”powered by wordpress”

Keyword + intext:”powered by typepad”

Keyword + intext:”powered by wordpress/name of relevant domain” inurl:blog + “post a comment” + keyword inurl:blog + “post a comment” + commentluv enabled

“Add comment” Your Keywords

“Post comment” Your Keywords

“Write comment” Your Keywords

Your Keywords “leave a comment” / “leave comment”

Your Keywords “Notify me of follow-up comments?”+”Submit the word you see below:”

Your Keywords “Remember my personal information” + “Notify me of follow-up comments?”

Your Keywords “Notify me of follow-up comments”

Your Keywords “This site uses KeywordLuv”

Your Keywords “Enable CommentLuv”

Your Keywords “You can use these tags”

Your Keywords “Powered by BlogEngine.NET”

Your Keywords “Allowed HTML tags:”

Your Keywords “top commenter”

“Keyword” “Powered By Blogger”

“Keyword” “Powered By WordPress”

“Keyword” “Powered By Typepad”

“Keyword” “Powered By Drupal”

“Keyword” “Powered By Blogengine”

“Keyword” “Powered By Movabletype


Search Query To Find Guest Blogging Opportunities

Here is a list of Google search queries to find guest blogging opportunities

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + “guest blog”

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + “guest blogger”

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + “guest Column”

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + “guest article”

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + guest post

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + guest author

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + “write for us”

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + “write for me”

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + “become a contributor”

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + “contribute to this site”

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + inurl:category/guest

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + inurl:contributors

submit * post keyword

write for us keyword

Keyword/yourCompetitorName + “guest blog”

become * guest writer keyword

keyword + “guest blog”

keyword + “guest blogger”

keyword + “guest Column”

keyword + “guest article”

keyword + guest post

keyword + guest author

keyword + “write for us”

keyword + “write for me”

keyword + “become a contributor”

keyword + “contribute to this site”

keyword + inurl:category/guest

keyword + inurl:contributors

keyword + “guest blog” + inanchor:contact

keyword + “guest blogger” + inanchor:contact

keyword + “guest Column” + inanchor:contact

keyword + “guest article” + inanchor:contact

keyword + “write for us” + inanchor:contact

keyword + “write for me” + inanchor:contact

keyword + “become a contributor” + inanchor:contact

keyword + “contribute to this site” + inanchor:contact

keyword inurl:”write for us”

Keyword + intitle:“write for us”

Keyword + intitle:“contribute to”

Keyword + intitle:“submit” + inurl:blog

keyword “Guest post” / keyword “Write for us”

keyword Intitle:Guest Post

keyword Intitle: Advertise

keyword “Guest *” blog

inpostauthor:guest + keyword

inpostauthor:”guest blog” + keyword

inpostauthor:”guest post” + keyword

“your niche” + guest post

“your niche” + guest author

“your niche” + write for us

“your niche” + guest article


Search Queries To Find Forums and Communities Relevant To Your Niche

With these advanced search engine queries you can find discussions forums and communities to drive niche traffic.

KEYWORDS “powered by phpbb” inurl:/forum

KEYWORDS “powered by vbulletin” inurl:/forum

KEYWORDS “powered by smf” site: /forum

KEYWORDS “powered by phpbb” inurl:/community

KEYWORDS “powered by vbulletin” inurl:/community

KEYWORDS “powered by smf” inurl:/community

“Keyword” + “forum”“keyword” + “board”“keyword” + “powered by vbulletin”

Forum + Keyword

“Powered by SMI” keyword

“help with” Keyword + inurl:forum


Search Queries To Find .EDU and .GOV Websites

Search queries for .EDU and .GOV websites do not work for every niche. You have to keep patience to find these websites using these search queries. inurl:blog “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD” inurl:blog “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD”

“powered by vbulletin”

“powered by phpbb”

“powered by smf” “your keyword” “your keyword” “your keyword” “your keyword” + “resources” “your keyword” + inurl:links “your keyword” + “other sites”

site:edu inurl:login (Create an account)

site:edu “powered by SMF”

site:edu “powered by Fireboard”

site:edu “powered by phpbb

site:edu inurl:login (Create an account)

site:edu “powered by vbulletin” (Powered by Invision Power Board)

site:edu “powered by SMF”


Find Paid Post and Review Opportunities

Using these search queries you can paid or sponsored posts or reviews.

Keyword + intext:”this is a sponsored post”

Keyword + intext:”this is a paid post”

Keyword + intext:”this is a Sponsored review”

Keyword + intext:”this is a paid review”


Search Deeper In Any Website With (Site:) Query

Site search query can help you to search any website for particular page or related to your niche.

Example- link building

You can also use this query to search social media websites.

Example- link building

Now you know maximum of Google search queries, use these to find regular opportunities to create a strong SEO link building profile for your website or blog. If you are using any other search query share with us and so that others can also know about them.

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How you can use Google advanced search operators to search new link building opportunities as well as you can keep any eye on competitors back link profile.

Google Search Operators To Check SEO

Exact Search Using Double Quotes (“Query”)

Double Quotes search operator is helpful when you are searching keywords to add in your blog post title. You can find the total search of particular keyword and if search result is lower than 50,000 then its ideal for the blog posts.

See the below image I have used searched exact search for “advanced Google search operators”. There are 4,870 results for this search query and its ideal to be inserted in post title.


Here is an another example watch this short video tutorial

Search Particular Resource Using “Site:” Operator

Site: query is used in routine work by online marketers to search a particular resource and to find relevant link building opportunities.


In above image site operator shows all the links from the particular resource, you can easily track different topics from particular resource.

To search particular posts from particular resource you can further add relevant keyword, see the below image. The operator will search all posts and pages from particular resource that contains the keyword you have entered.

You can also use this query to find fresh discussions on forums and questions answer website. Here is an example of use of site: query to find discussion links, watch this short video tutorial

intitle: Operator

This search operator returns the result of web pages which contains keyword or search term in their title that you specify after colon.

In above image I have search webpages with title video creation tools, but the results is showing pages that contains the keywords editing tools and its taking keywords from website url as well as from website description. Many marketers just follow this approach and do not get correct search result.

To get exact search result for particular keyword entered you should put the keyword in double quotes. See the below image now I have entered the query in double quotesintitle:”video creation tools”. Now it shows only those webpages that contains the exact order of words as in your query.


If you do not care about the order of words then you can use this query multiple times to get the desired result.

Inurl: Operator

This operator returns result of webpages which contains the keywords in their url. See the below image it has returned results with web pages that contains video creation tools in their url.

You can also search resources from particular location using this operator. Wait there is more about this operator you can use it to find forums, opportunities for guest posts.


This operator restricts the search to filetype entered by you. Suppose I want to research only PDFs then I will add the keyword with filetype PDF. See the below image


You can also search Pdfs from particular resource by modifying this query as site:website url filetype:PDf


With this query you can find the backlinks of any website, this query shows both the internal and external links of any website.

Related: Operator

This operator helps to find similar or related websites of any popular website. Suppose I searched, this query will display other business listing websites.

You can also search popular blog posts using this query.


Using this operator you can search blog post written by particular author.


This search operator is used to check when a particular webpage is last visited by Google and you can see the cached version of that page.

Boolean Search Engine Operators

AND Operator

With use of AND operator search result will show every word you include in the query. When you search for specific term automatically you are using AND operator. Suppose I search animation videos, whether I write animation videos or animation and videos both will return same result.

Watch this short video tutorial to see how AND operator works

OR Operator

OR operator show results for multiple queries. Suppose I searched animation or videos the search result will display webpages that contains either the animation or the word videos. You can also use Pipeline (|) symbol in place of OR, both will return same result. That’s why many website use pipeline symbol in title of webpage.

To know how to OR operator watch this short video tutorial

Not Operator

Also called as exclusion operator, using this operator you can exclude word from search query. Suppose I search animation videos the search result include webpages that contain animation videos and animation video creation tools. If I exclude the word tool in the query (animation videos -tools) it will exclude the webpages that contains the word tool.

To know How Not Operator works watch this short video tutorial

Using these advanced Google search operators you can find different link building opportunities for your website. Stay tuned with us to learn more about online marketing strategies.


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