Using Date Ranges in Advanced search

There are instances where you want to scrape a list of urls for link building but would like to stay relatively current. For instance you scrape forums for your keywords but end up with very old threads that get you instantly band when trying to post. In such cases you want to restrict results either to a the last x months or to a particular date range.

Restrict to last x months

To restrict results to the last x months you put the search operator date:x where x is the number of months to go back. So for instance date:3 in your query returns results indexed within the last 3 months only.

Dates within a range

Its a little trickier to restrict dates to a particular range. Basically you put your date range in normal format at the site and it converts to Julian format. To convert normal dates to julian format there is a tool at

You then add this to your advanced search using daterange: operators As an example “keyword daterange:2455928-2456293” returns results of your keyword indexed in 2012 (1/1/12-31/12/12).

Analytics Regex Testing

The trouble with setting REGEX in analytics is that you never quite know it’s working until you start receiving data. This can take 24 hours after which you may need to change the REGEX again remembering settings each time. Another issue is that there are only so many goals you can set per each profile so too many trials and errors may may make you run out.

Analytics Content Advanced Search

One useful way to test REGEX is in analytics itself. If you paste the term in advanced search in content it should show the required data you want to isolate. If appropriate pages are shown then you can be sure the REGEX term will give required data.