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Can't find a Search Engine for EXACT phrase search.

Discussion in 'All Other Search Engines' started by xPhaze, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. #1
    Hello. I was wondering if anyone here can help me. For a long time, I have been looking for a search engine that will give me true exact phrase search results.

    What I mean is, if I search for: "eLephant"

    I want search results that ONLY have the word "eLephant", written exactly like that. NOT "elephant"; not "Elephant"; not "ELEPHANT"; etc.
    SEMrush
    This is just an example. My biggest problems with Google come from this issue. I try to search for something specific and no matter how many quotation marks and -minus symbols I put in, it will never search for exactly the punctuation of the word(s) I'm looking for. It's even worse when I try to search for punctuation marks instead of words.

    Neither Google, nor Yahoo, nor Bing, nor Duckduckgo, nor even this "exactseek.com" I found do this at all.

    If anyone can help or point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.
     
    xPhaze, Sep 27, 2014 IP
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  2. jitendraag

    jitendraag Notable Member

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    If you don't mind me asking why do you need this exact search? Most search implementations, even the internal / facet searches using Solr / Lucene / ElasticSearch would try to use lowercase for indexing and queries.
     
    jitendraag, Sep 27, 2014 IP
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    aramyus Well-Known Member

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    There are many legitimate situations where one would like SE that answer your questions and not try to interpret what you want and serve advertising. For example, historical research, genealogy, literature, work on branding, CRO (when you try to determine if capital letters have an influence on your conversion) ...

    As far as I know, there are no simple solution. My best suggestion is to capture the raw results from G, transfer them into a database and then extract the wheat from the chaff with database tools.
     
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  4. xPhaze

    xPhaze Peon

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    Thanks, aramyus.

    I am just sick and tired of Google trying to be "smart" and giving me search results for things I totally did not type in. I don't understand why it is that no SE can actually give proper search results.
     
    xPhaze, Sep 28, 2014 IP
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    Patricia Ann Lee Active Member

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    I don't understand you point, and it doesn't even make sense. One thing for sure though, this same goes to every search engines out there not only Google.
    Plus, don't make simple things so complicated.
     
    Patricia Ann Lee, Sep 28, 2014 IP
  6. xPhaze

    xPhaze Peon

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    I don't understand how my question makes no sense or is complicated. I want to find search results for "XyZ/" and no search engine is able to do this.
     
    xPhaze, Sep 28, 2014 IP
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    AtomInAHaystack.com is good for doing this.
     
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    Oyomi Peon

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    You can also use Google's intext: operator. For example, type intext:"Phrase to search for" into the search box. In the list of results, the phrase will be highlighted. Then search the list for an exact match; you can use a browser extension such as Regex Search which looks for matches on the current page.

    And for more ideas, I recommend this page:
    webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/19673/is-there-a-way-to-search-in-google-using-regular-expressions-regex
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2015
    Oyomi, Jan 21, 2015 IP
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    Oh! Hope this could help:
    Use site: Only Searches the pages of the site.
    use " " Searches for the exact phrase, not each of the words separately.
    Use - Excludes this term from the search.
    use ~ will search related words, such as 'higher education' and 'university'.
    Use .. Shows all results from within the designated timerange.

    E.g: site:nytimes.com ~college "test scores" -SATs 2008..2010

    Source from Infographic: Get More Out Of Google
     
    reynescabruner, Jan 26, 2015 IP
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    Dario McNut Member

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    I believe search engine will cater to you the nearest and close queries to your search word/s.
     
    Dario McNut, Mar 26, 2015 IP