How to search on Google for symbols? I'd like to find all the urls on my site t

  1. Paul Edmondson profile image
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    Paul Edmondsonposted 8 years ago

    How to search on Google for symbols?  I'd like to find all the urls on my site that have ? in them.

    Is there a way to search on Google for symbols in urls.  I've tried allinurl and inurl but can't seem to get it to look for question marks.

  2. muratos profile image60
    muratosposted 8 years ago

    I think Google doesn't allow certain symbols to be searched as a query.

    For example & is allowed and converted to %26 and returning results

    http://www.google.com/search?q=%26

    But ? without a success and ignored by Google search. Yahoo is the same

    I would use a full site crawler like WinHTtrack for a small site.

    http://www.httrack.com

    It is free and allows to set scan rules for URLs what to include in searches. I am not sure but it should also allow to retrieve site index without really storing the retrieved html pages in local machine. It can be a solution for a small website both for finding broken and unwanted type links.

    For huge sites like hubpages, I don't know really what to do except direct SQL db query smile

  3. createdevelop profile image60
    createdevelopposted 7 years ago

    Muratos is right, Google doesn't allow certain characters.

    But something else should be said here, why does your website have ? & etc in the URLs?

    There  are many ways you can set your website up to not produce these as dynamic pages. Google doesn't like to index anything that looks dynamic, so if you can avoid it, that is advised.

 
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