33 more: Precise Custom Searches by Sites and Across

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Google Custom (Programmable) Engines are capable of finding particular values (such as someone’s location or employer) precisely with the aid of special search operators. The precise filtering ability is based on the “objects” defined by Schema.org – such as Person, Organization, or Place – which site creators can embed in the page code. The “custom” search operators are written as more:pagemap:<custom addition> which you can shorten to more:p: 

There is no tipsheet for these operators since their syntax is often site-specific (unlike the 21 Google operators). This post can serve as the “next best” since you can alter and utilize the search examples. Also, check other (few) writeups, particularly this from my French friends Guillaume Alexandre and Pierre- André Fortin.

Expect a learning curve, but there is no coding involved.

Since David Galley and I are in the people search business, our research, book, tool, and upcoming webinar cover the object “Person” and its fields in detail.

more: operators allow you to search for specific values, as you will observe following the example links in the table below. But they also work to find pages with a given structure, regardless of the values (add your keywords):

(As a side note, people have been telling me that our book title “Custom Search Engines – Discover more: is mistyped – it is not!)

At this time, social profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter do not follow a Schema format that CSEs can query. LinkedIn used to have “Persons” on profiles a few years back, but, alas, it has become inconsistent. Still, you can precisely search for the LinkedIn Headline with a CSE:

LinkedIn (by country) Headline
LinkedIn (US only) Headline
[Edited; Sorry, I lied here. 🙁 Thanks to my friend Bas Westland, I realized that these are no longer headlines, as it used to be, but rather, <job title> at <company>]

Here is a collection of site-specific Person example searches. It is followed by searches across sites (using a “find everything” CSE). Open-ended searches across the web can find “Person-friendly” sites for your research.

I constructed the below examples using Social List, a CSE API-based tool that hides the operator complexity from end-users and collects results in Excel.

SlideShare Country
Area or City
Title
Name
XING Industry
Role
Location
Name
Github Name
Bio
Location
Website
Company
Gitlab Name
Location
Company
Role
Across Sites Address
Phone
Email
Education
Job Title
Company
Affiliation
Award
Honorific prefix (Mr., Ms., etc.)
Honorific suffix (MBA, PhD, DDS, etc.)
Credential
Gender
Nationality

Join us for an interactive two-part class, Become A Custom Search Engines Expert, on July 20-21 and learn about the unique technology. Attendees will receive the slides, recording, and one-month support. The webinar is recommended to Sourcers, #OSINT practitioners, and anyone familiar with advanced Google search and, in particular, X-Ray (the site: operator).

Comments 1

  1. je suis intéressé pour les cours. Je travaille souvent avec les outils hors système. pour des recherches personnalisées, j’ai pas une grande connaissance mais ça sera un plaisir pour moi de partager cette connaissance que vous aviez sur ce type de recherche.
    Dans l’espoir qu’une suite favorable sera accordée à mon écrit, je vous prie de recevoir mes salutations les plus distinguées.

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