Make Search Operators Effective using Footprints

Posted by on March 25, 2010 · Filed Under Link Building, SEO 
TweetSearch operators play a major role in grabbing more resources to build links. But how effectively we using search operators are more important here. We must be innovative in using search operators to gather more resources. Let’s come to a topic, what is footprint? According to Wikipedia “Footprints are the impressions or images left behind [...]

Search operators play a major role in grabbing more resources to build links. But how effectively we using search operators are more important here. We must be innovative in using search operators to gather more resources. Let’s come to a topic, what is footprint? According to Wikipedia “Footprints are the impressions or images left behind by a person walking” but here footprint is a typical text present in certain group of sites. OK how we can use a footprint to gather links. Let us see in this blog,

In query we can use footprints along with search operators or footprints alone to get more resources like directories, social bookmakings, forums, blogs and more.

Example 1: Using search operators to fetch directories.

We know that many directories are scripted by phpLD on the internet and over 100,000 websites scripted by it.

Here is the footprint “php Link Directory” taken from a phpLD scripted directory. Normally in directories footprints are present at the bottom of the page.

Here is what I use,


In this example I searched for US country domain directories. You can narrow your queries for your niche like

    • Query: [{keyword} “php Link Directory”]
  • And you can use “Powered by: PHP Link Directory” footprint too.

    Using above method I have got a back link from a high PR .edu site:)

    Example 2: To obtain deep link directories,

    I think probably deep link directories are hard to get by but we can get the plenty of deep link directories using this query

    • Query: [“We accept inside pages of your website to be listed." inurl:submit.php]
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    There are so many footprints available in deeplink directories; you can implement your ideas here.

    Example 3: To obtain bookmarking sites,

    We know many do follow bookmarking sites are scripted by “PHPDUG”,

    I see lot of PHPDUG scripted bookmarking sits has title “view all phpDug”, so I made a query like this and get the huge do follow bookmarking site list,

    • Query: ["Powered By PHPDug version 2.0.0" intitle:“view all phpDug”]
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    Example 4: To obtain blog for commenting,

    Extracting blog for commenting is really interesting one because you can use more footprints to track blog, here I am going to use the advantage of wordpress plugins by using the following footprint

    “This site uses KeywordLuv. EnterYourName@YourKeywords in the Name field to take advantage.” You can add keywords as a anchored link in these kind of blogs


    This will extract wordpress blogs but this will be really handy in SEO prospect in order to improve your keyword rankings.

    • Query: [{keyword} “This site uses KeywordLuv. Enter YourName@YourKeywords in the Name field to take advantage.”]
  • “Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail” can also be used as a footprint to obtain blogs.

    Example 5: Footprints in competitor analysis,

    Last but not least we can use footprint in competitor analysis, let us see in this figure

    • Query: [ “footprints”]
  • I have use this query in Yahoo.


    These are all just basic search operators that have been used with footprints, I display my thoughts here and these footprints can be handle in many ways to get greater results.

    And finally I hope this blog will be helpful in gathering some resources and you can share your thoughts too.

    Disclaimer: The post is completely based on individual thoughts and SEO Services Group bears no responsibilities for the thoughts reflected in the post.

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    46 Responses to “Make Search Operators Effective using Footprints”

    1. Hadi on April 3rd, 2010 9:19 am

      that nice post

    2. Kumaresan on April 9th, 2010 6:10 am

      Thanks for your comment..

    3. Shally Thomas on April 15th, 2010 12:23 pm

      I found it really helpful, being an SEO person, I feel it really helpful for the people coming to this field. Keep it UP

    4. Jack Powers on April 28th, 2010 12:25 pm

      This is a very useful post. If you use these search queries with a scraping tool, then you will never lack sites to submit to.

    5. kumaresan on April 29th, 2010 11:26 am

      Thank you for a reply jack and i agreed on your point:)

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    7. Emma @ Scrap My Car on May 16th, 2010 5:57 pm

      Can I still use this directory, I am in the UK?

    8. Victoria@Amazon Pric on May 19th, 2010 2:37 am

      Mmmm hmmm, good post. I planned to post something similar but now I don’t think I’ll need to. Would you mind if I link to it from one of my blogs? My visitors might like to see it too.

    9. Kumaresan on May 24th, 2010 10:06 am

      @Emma why not, just give as in first query. @Victoria Thanks for your positive comment, ya you can link to my blog, its great to see someone sharing my blog.:)

    10. Kumaresan on May 24th, 2010 11:36 am

      @Emma “Can I still use this directory, I am in the UK?” You can use these queries from any where, it’s no matter where you are.

    11. Trisha on June 5th, 2010 5:53 am

      Thank you very much for the help. I was looking for seo. I think some one will help me

    12. Kumaresan on June 8th, 2010 5:41 pm

      @Trisha, Hi, from your comment it seems that you are searching for a SEO. We would be really interested in helping you out in SEO.

      Please let me know some more details so as to look out for the opportunity that how we can help you.

      Looking forward to your response.

    13. Mermaid Halloween Co on June 15th, 2010 8:58 am

      Great tips – thanks. I didn;t know about the “inurl” search, I’ll definitely try to use it in the future. When I’m looking to comment on blogs I try to find recently updated ones so my search term usually might have a date in there – maybe “June, 2010″ + seo or something like that.

    14. Kumaresan on June 17th, 2010 4:52 am

      @Mermaid Thanks for ur comment Mermaid, and its really a great tip to find the updated one by adding date with a query. Thanks again.

    15. Jonas on June 30th, 2010 12:27 pm

      very nice resources…

      I like using this kind of query to get relevant result than hit and miss. :(
      thanks for sharing.

    16. Raj on July 11th, 2010 6:35 am

      I don't know anything about this till reading your post. Thank You very much.

    17. kumaresan on July 13th, 2010 4:12 am

      Thank you for reading. Hope you understand little bit about usage of search operators now.

    18. Jenna@ Tampa SEO on July 29th, 2010 7:21 pm

      This was a very great and enjoyable post to read.

      Thank you for sharing this information.

    19. yoda costumes on July 30th, 2010 4:30 am

      Hi, you have posted a valuable tip here. I find this search operator very effective finding do-follows links. Thanks for sharing this idea.

    20. Kumaresan on August 4th, 2010 10:40 am

      Thank you for reading this and sharing your thoughts.

    21. Dave on November 20th, 2010 7:01 am

      Yeah, this is a great way of searching and finding blogs or pligg websites. Actually the expensive SEO software is doing exactly this, but the same can be achieved with few plugins and Google

    22. Kumaresan on November 30th, 2010 4:55 am

      Thanks for spending your valuable time here. Yes, I work out on this mainly to drive do-follow resources.

    23. Kumaresan on November 30th, 2010 4:58 am

      Thanks for sharing your view here. Why should we go for the software and plugins when we got our desired results by manual work.

    24. Amit on December 2nd, 2010 11:03 am

      Hi, I would like to say that the information you share is very informative and I would like to say that these are the awesome features of Google search engine that it search anything they have. That’s called indexing of content.

    25. kumaresan on December 8th, 2010 7:12 am

      Hi Amit, thanks for your comment. Yes, it is one of the awesome feature of Google search engine that it fetch anything that it has in it’s index and search operators would really add values to those features.

    26. Jack on December 20th, 2010 5:21 pm


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    28. Warjit on December 29th, 2010 4:47 pm

      You post will help me in my SEO freelance work, thank and appriciated

    29. Kumaresan on December 30th, 2010 6:53 am

      Hi Jack, Good luck for your next blog :)

    30. aflam maroc on January 14th, 2011 8:57 pm

      This is a great post.thank you for sharing this informative post

    31. davit on January 21st, 2011 11:08 pm

      Nice article , thanks for sharing.

    32. Bill Gassett on January 22nd, 2011 9:17 pm

      Excellent ideas on how to do search queries to find links!

    33. noukat 2011 on January 29th, 2011 2:04 pm

      You do a great job here.really very nice blog.thanks man for sharing this post

    34. Kumaresan on February 11th, 2011 7:28 am

      Thanks for reading :)

    35. Kumaresan on February 11th, 2011 7:29 am

      Thank you Bill

    36. Kumaresan on February 11th, 2011 7:30 am

      Thanks for your appreciation :)

    37. Huck@seo services on February 26th, 2011 8:22 am

      Thanks for sharing this.. as a new seo professional, I find this very much useful to me..

    38. Free entheogen seeds on February 28th, 2011 5:20 am

      Great post, I’m adding a few of those queries to my phpLD right now.

    39. Martha on April 22nd, 2011 8:40 am

      I’ve only just recently started using the “footprint” technique you’re speaking of and I’ve been getting great results. I’ve found that it has saved me a great deal of time scouring Google SERPs. A couple of specific queries you mentioned are new to me. I’ll have to add them to my SEO repertoire. Thanks.

    40. james flynn on May 12th, 2011 4:48 pm

      thanks for the footprint pointers

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    46. Annie on April 20th, 2012 8:47 am

      By reading all this i like the the terms Search Operators and Foot Prints. I understand Footprints as ‘Keyword’ , is it right? And what to do to find the active blogs where the chance to get approval of comments? As whole it is very interesting place for me to get new stuff here. I will visit it again and again.

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