How to Find a Specific Blog Post Written a While Ago

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I could have also titled this post “You spent HOW MUCH time looking for that *#*??!$ post?” :)jeff-dowler-archives

Blogging over time means that you have a vast catalog of posts under your hat that you can grab out and share with people when they ask you a question. You’ve answered it before in a blog post. Aha! Go get that post and share it with them.

So where do you start looking. Your stats page? Your archives page? (*cough, cough* Dear AR Devs: archives is broken right now  *cough, cough*)

If the post is back in time a ways and you’ve been around a while that’s a daunting task of “next page” – “next page” – “next page” –  oh forget it!

Take a look at Jeff’s archives in the screen shot. He would be “next paging” all day!

There must be a better way!
There’s a website called Google, perhaps you’ve heard of it. :)

Moreover, we have a Google search box embedded in the top right of every ActiveRain page. What is great about using that box to search is that it narrows down your search results just to the AR website.

You may or may not have noticed and used that before. However, I’m going to give you a few search tips that is going to make your finding “that post” a much more successful endeavor.

Tip #1 – Use your Byline

If Google sees something in quotes, it searches for the literal words exactly in the order you specify (it is not case sensitve, capitals do not matter). Every one of our posts has a byline at the top. Let’s use that as part of our search so it is only going to show us posts we have written. By including one little word “by” we are skipping matches of posts perhaps where we have commented on but were not the author. so we start our search like:
“By Jeff Dowler”


Tip #2 – Use Unique Keywords if Possible to Narrow Your Search

Jeff had written a compilation post a while back about the top summer things to do in Carlsbad. What if he wants to find it again to share it. He is going to need to be more specific in a search than “things to do in Carlsbad” — that list of results from him would be too long! Maybe he could remember something specific and unique in the post like jazz or the waterslide park. That may help narrow down the search, something like

“by Jeff  Dowler” things to do Carlsbad waterslide park

Tip #3 – Use the intitle: Parameter if you know it was part of your title

Sometimes you can remember specific words in the title. If you can, this can really help narrow down the search. There is a special parameter that you can use in your search…
(Note: it is one word with colon after) Do something like
intitle:top things to do in Carlsbad

So, our complete search then would be something like, starting with the byline
“by Jeff Dowler” intitle:top things to do in Carlsbad


Now Let’s practice a few times so you get it

Lisa messaged me this week asking for the best way to find the anniversary post she wrote last summer. She was having a little trouble finding it since the archives feature of AR is currently broken. Let’s ask Google! There it is! (By the way, you can click on any of the images below to jump to any of the posts that I’m highlighting if you want to read more!)



BLiz hit a Million point milestone and had some great advice for new bloggers from what they have discovered in their journey. Google where is their post?



If you had any doubt about all the work that real estate agents do for their clients, all you need to do is check out Mimi’s post. Google can you find it for me?




And that tech guy, what’s his name… Google where is that post where he talks about the best way to size and embed a youtube video?


And there you have it! With just a little bit of strategy and your good old Google search, you’ll be finding those posts you’ve written no problem at all. Happy sharing!

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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Craig.  This will get book marked for a while till it becomes practiced or I would forget and then not be able to find your instructions on ' how to find'  lol. Thank you

Aug 25, 2014 10:07 PM #39
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Craig, I didn't realize the search box in the top right hand corner was from google!

Aug 25, 2014 10:08 PM #40
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Thanks for the heads up Craig!  I've tripped over myself a few times trying to find an old post.  You just saved me a lot of time.  

Aug 25, 2014 10:40 PM #41
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Of course if the post was published to members only, you might have to go through the archives!

Aug 26, 2014 12:31 AM #42
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I love Google, they are the site I use more than any other. 

Aug 26, 2014 12:40 AM #43
Mercy Colberg
RE/MAX Best Choice - Sappington, MO
Colberg Team RE/MAX Best Choice Listings

Love the voice in your writing.

Aug 26, 2014 12:43 AM #44
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

If I go through the bulk of my bookmarked posts, a very large percentage of them are yours.

Here's another good one to bookmark.  I've never even heard of the use of intitle:

Aug 26, 2014 12:55 AM #45
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Craig, thanks for the tips for searching our old blog posts. This really will help.

Aug 26, 2014 01:17 AM #46
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Craig, great post, thanks, I always wondered the best way now I just have to remember what I wrote about...:)

Aug 26, 2014 01:19 AM #47
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Craig, your post will be most useful in helping find my relevant blogs to add content to my website.  Thanks for a timely tip!

Aug 26, 2014 01:48 AM #48
Michael Ha Elmhurst
Rego Park, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Corona, Middle Village - Elmhurst, NY
Woodside, Maspeth

As long as it's not removed by the owener or by the site admin, a post shold be vieawable online.



this should come in handy if that's the case.

Aug 26, 2014 03:53 AM #49
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Thank you for the knowledge, sir.  The "By John Meussner" will come in very handy going forward as I've struggled finding things in the past.

Aug 26, 2014 04:45 AM #50
Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329
FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv. - Fairfax, VA
Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans

OMg, this is great!  Sometimes I do not know where to start when looking for something or a blog I had read on Active Rain.  This will surely help.  Thanks for the info.

Aug 26, 2014 05:18 AM #51
Phil Stevenson, CRMP
PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630 - Miami, FL
"Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas

Craig, thank you for this post. I sometimes look for old posts to link to new posts, so this is going to come in handy. 

Aug 26, 2014 06:15 AM #52
Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Craig -- I use Google all the time to find old posts I may need to refer or link to. Your explanation here is exceptional and so helpful.

Aug 26, 2014 11:25 AM #53
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Craig, once again - a great tip - specially InTitle I was not aware of. Cool!

Aug 26, 2014 03:42 PM #54
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee Home Inspector - thanks for mentioning about the subscribe link - I have the updated URL put in there now. thanks again for taking the time to say it.  (PS feel free to test it ;)

Aug 27, 2014 03:38 AM #55
220 Marketing
220 Group LLC - San Diego, CA
Real Estate/Mortgage Marketing

Good information to know! Thank you Craig!

Aug 27, 2014 04:29 AM #56
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is one of my pet frustrating when I am trying to find an old post and just can't find it.  For whatever reason, I've not done a very good job at tagging my posts.  Not that our tagging feature works all that well either!  Thank you for the GREAT tips! I've bookmarked!

Aug 28, 2014 09:44 AM #57
James Renfro SRS, SFR, CPRES
Renfro Realty Group - San Diego, CA
Internet Marketing Specialist

Thank you for another GREAT blog.  Sometimes answers to our most frustrating problems are so obvious and so simple.  I am guilty of searching pages for specific blogs.  No more thanks to you!

Sep 03, 2014 06:44 AM #58
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