[ALTA VISTA] [Simple Query] [Advanced Query] [Surprise] [Help with Query]

Did you know that you could do this?

Find all links to your site, excluding pages from your own site.

  • link:http://my.site.com/ AND NOT url:http://my.site.com/ in Advanced Query, or
  • +link:http://my.site.com/ -url:http://my.site.com/ in Simple Query.
    To speed up the search, you can leave out the very common words http and com.

    Find someone who could be listed as Jane Smith, "Jane L. Smith" or "Smith, Jane L.".

  • Try the proximity operator in the Advanced Query: Jane NEAR Smith.

    Use Alta Vista as a spelling or usage checker. Is it CDROM or CD-ROM?

  • Make a search for both words, and compare the word count: CD-ROM wins.

    Use Alta Vista as a news reader. Well, it is a news reader, since we serve the articles.

  • Use the newsgroups: keyword. In Advanced Query you can select a range of dates. And of course you can use the search capabilities to exclude certain authors or newsgroups, favor certain topics, ...

    Bookmark a page with certain options enabled.

  • Start from our home page;
  • select the options you are interested in, such as news, return format, text-only version;
  • make an empty query: nothing in the text input window, but hit SUBMIT nevertheless;
  • save the returned page in a bookmark.
    You can restore your favorite options by simply retrieving this URL from your bookmarks.

    The result:
    Search and Display the Results

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    Simply cut the following paragraph of HTML and paste it to your home page.

    <FORM method=GET action="http://altavista.digital.com/cgi-bin/query">
    <INPUT TYPE=hidden NAME=pg VALUE=q>
    <B>Search <SELECT NAME=what>
    <OPTION VALUE=news>Usenet
    and Display the Results <SELECT NAME=fmt>
    <OPTION VALUE="" SELECTED>in Standard Form
    <OPTION VALUE=c>in Compact Form
    <OPTION VALUE=d>in Detailed Form
    <INPUT NAME=q size=55 maxlength=200 VALUE="">
    <INPUT TYPE=submit VALUE=Submit>