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jeff dowler archivesI have a feeling you have been there... "I know I wrote that article! Now where is it!!! I want to share it with somebody!" You can go back through your archives listing (it's over there on the right-hand sidebar... every post you have on AR sorted by MONTH). But that takes Wayyyy to long! After a couple of months of listings, you give up on that one. But wait, I can search my tags! Uhhh, well the first 479 posts on ActiveRain you had no clue how to properly tag an article, so that's not going to work (on the older posts). There must be another way!

Yesterday's post, I shared my ActiveRain Wishlist (work in progress) and in your comments, several mentioned this problem about how you cannot search and find your past articles very efficiently. I think AR can help create some new tools in the future to help us with this, but I want to show you some ideas you can use right now and our best friend Google!

Let's use Jeff Dowler to illustrate the point. You can see by Jeff's longevity on AR that the volume of his posts is substantial (see archives list in the graphic above)! We are going to use some special advanced (but easy) operators in the google search box. First of all I'm going to specify in quotes "posted by jeff dowler" and by using the quotes it takes that phrase literally. Otherwise, it might find results where Jeff was a commenter and not the author. Next we use the site: operator and tell it that the results must be on the activerain.com website. Lastly, we use the intitle: operator and put the keyword (let's pick something Jeff might write about!) beaches. The results as you see below is 74 hits. By using intitle: the word had to be in the title and thus the topic and not just a passing word in the article. 

google title search

Now let's say that in our mind, we know it was a recent article... must have been in the past year. On the left sidebar of google, you can click the date range. Let's click the "past year" option and see how it narrows down the search. Aha... 4 articles. (see below)

google search date restrict

Finally, let's be a little more specific... Jeff says "I know I wrote once about rock sculptures, where is that. Let's use intitle:"rock sculptures" to be specific (and the surrounding quotes means exact phrase match). Aha, there it is! Posted Dec 2 of 2008 and if you had to go month by month back to it, you would have given up long ago!

google specific title

Now, I highly suggest you learn how to use tags in your posts. It makes it much easier to catalog your posts. You are essentially creating an index that you know you can use in the future. See my post, Your Tags Are Virtual Folders for more info. But if you have a whole store of articles that aren't tagged well, I hope the above tips can help you find "that article" again. Happy searching!

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Barb Merrill
Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC - Tempe, AZ
GRI, Associate Broker

Another great idea!  Thanks!

Jun 03, 2011 04:51 AM #52
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Debra - thanks much :) :: Karen - great! :: Shar - yes, that can help sometimes knock the list down to manageable size :: Chuck - glad that helps :: Katerina - that's awesome, you are certainly another one with such a huge content to search that this will be helpful! :: Greg - yes, light bulbs going on in the head, can do this and that :) ... :: Evelyn - blog on! (and find them later :) :: Todd - your search batting average just went up! ;) :: Tara - cool, thanks! :: Fernando - thanks so much for your SUCCESS story, glad to hear it :: Gita - thanks for the bookmark and the reblog :: Richard - I'm sure your vast quantity of posts now has a new refindablity option! :: Marc - good thought, I'll note that on my wishlist post ::  Dagny - thanks, like that title :) :: Cheryl - don't forget to tag too! thanks for coming by :: Kathleen - come back to this post when you say "now where did I leave that post?..." :: Margaret - will see you soon :) :: Geri - experience tells a tale, thx :: Michael - let's leverage what google knows! :: Anthony - appreciate you saying so :: Bill - always glad when I can teach something new :: Richie - like the tag line! :: Glenn - here's a cheat sheet and also the official google search info page

Jun 03, 2011 05:09 AM #53
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

John - yes I've known about site for a long time, but intitle is a recent find for me too and thought it fit the need for ARs pretty well in our searches! :: Joyce - techie stuff but not complicated right?! :: Lyn - have fun with better search and find of your 1,123 posts! :: Shannon - you are very welcome, thanks for visiting! :: Barb - very glad to hear, thx :) 

Jun 03, 2011 05:16 AM #54
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Thanks Craig, I've bookmarked this today for future reference.

I enjoyed it.


Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Jun 03, 2011 05:52 AM #55
Alex Heyen
Heyen Real Estate - Millard, NE

This is very cool, i had no idea you could do this. 

Jun 03, 2011 07:26 AM #56
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Thanks for the information! You have some wonderful info that is shared here, I just hope I remember it! If not, I will be searching YOUR blog.  :-)

Jun 03, 2011 07:55 AM #57
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

Hi Craig,

how cool, and simple, and why did we not think of this before, well I guess because we have blinders on, thanks for this illuminating concept to use google and find our own stuff, wow I can't beleive, I have wasted I do not know how much time on tracking stuff, thanks Craig, you are the best...

Jun 03, 2011 08:56 AM #58
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Fantastic, Craig. Thanks for the links.

Jun 03, 2011 09:05 AM #59
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Craig - Thanks so much for this post. Though I will have to come back later to read it, this is just what I have been looking for. For being on A/R since 2006 as you can imagine we have quite a bundle of posts and always dreaded the thought of having to go find it. Bookmarked! :-)

Jun 03, 2011 10:45 AM #60
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Craig - nice FEATURED post!  Why is that I have to bookmark every post of yours?  I always learn so much and know that I will need to come back for more!  

Jun 03, 2011 11:55 AM #61
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

That was a great post Craig... so simple and yet answered all my "But what about this?" as I went through..

Great job!! :)

Jun 03, 2011 03:29 PM #63
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Craig - Thank you.  I didn't know  this could be done, and my tags are useless for the first several hundred posts.

Jun 03, 2011 04:30 PM #64
Victoria Stankard
Get Found Now - Tampa Palms, FL

Hi Craig, another amazing post by the man. AR needs to implement an easy to understand monthly Archive feature so readers can navigate through and find what they are looking for. Tags are just OK.

Jun 04, 2011 01:13 PM #65
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Patricia - good to have for reference :: Alex - glad to hear it! :: Barbara-Jo - perhaps you come searching before you search! :) :: Pfanns - so glad to hear this will save you time! I rely on my tags to find stuff, but not everybody has index their stuff as well and this will help!

Jun 04, 2011 02:05 PM #66
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Glenn - glad you liked :: Robert - the more you have to search through, the bigger the sigh of relief! :) :: Barbara - glad to keep your bookmarks list busy! :: Erica - lots of posts makes the task harder than the newbies! :: Tammy - glad I filled in all the blanks :) :: Christine - another longtime blogger that I can help! glad to hear :: Victoria - the AR system has room to improve, let's hope our discussion in development ideas brings forth new features in this regard, until then we have some leverage to find thanks to google! ;)

Jun 04, 2011 02:10 PM #67
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Craig~ Thanks! I knew most of this, but the intitle is new to me. Now, if I can just find this blog next time I need it--just kidding, bookmarked until I have used the trick enough times to remember it.

Jun 05, 2011 04:35 PM #68
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Craig, I guess I'm way behind in reading my favorite blogs!  We really were on the same page this past week-end though weren't we!  I love this idea too...  Thanks for sharing!  

Jun 07, 2011 06:57 AM #69
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

Another really useful tip.  I edited my tags, so can find my own posts but will use this to dig us ones others have published.

Jun 12, 2011 04:19 AM #70
Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

Craig, I had no idea you could Google like that. It's a tip I'll use in the future. Thanks

Jun 12, 2011 04:32 AM #71
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I am reading Mac for Dummies and found a section on Spotlight that made me think of this post when I read it.

Jun 19, 2011 03:21 AM #72
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