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An Unofficial Inspection into Google’s Advanced Search Parameters

Posted on the 07 July 2012 by Mohammadatif @hitechmca

Google Search Parameters

In my last post, I promised to take you to into the depths of Google search operators, and here I am with some new and relevant info. Though it took me some time to speak my mind from this so called dormant mouthpiece of my existence but its better late than never, especially when its my B’day today...”Happy Birthday to me”(clap). 

Celebrations apart, let us get back to business and know some of the smartest ways to Google out the world in your own stride. You surely would like to be one step ahead of your peers, won’t you?

Deciphering the code

Let us start exactly from where we ended our last post: “&as_qdr=y10”, and then we will march ahead to dig out some more virgin treasures from this treasure blog land.  

I searched and searched a lot on this particular term and finally reached to the unofficial conclusions as shown in this pictorial content:

Google Search Parameters

I used the word ‘unofficial ‘since these full forms have not yet been confirmed by Google publically. But that hardly affects our topic so it is better not to waste time. Lets move ahead!

Dissecting the code

Example1:Suppose if at the end of my query URL (check out my previous post), I am appending the search parameter ‘&as_qdr=y5’, then it will Filter out my query result to fetch the results crawled by the search engine within the past 5 years

Example2:  Similarly, if I am adding the parameter ‘&as_qdr=d12’ then as per my understanding and perhaps which is the right revelation, I will get all the results fetched by Google within the past 12 days.

The operators thus used in this form of query are described here:

d[number]: Gives the search result within the required number of days (e.g. d5 means within 5 days) 

w[number]: Gives the search result within the required number of weeks (e.g. w5 means within 5 weeks)

y[number]: Gives the search result within the required years of weeks (e.g. y5 means within 5 years)

Improved search query

Scoring higher over the as_qdr queries is the ‘tbs’ that stands for ‘Time Based Search’ parameters.  Though, both of them are equally efficient in getting you closer to the desired results, it is just that ‘tbs’ helps you penetrate way deeper into your search and allows you to obtain results updated by google in the past few hours, minutes and even seconds. Pretty magical!

Example3:  Just to cite an example, the query,

Will fetch the all the links created or updated about Google Penguin in the past 1 month

You can click the image below to understand this example more clearly.

google search parameter

Some more search help

Likewise, the search queries given below in the table along with their intended meaning will guide you even better:

Search Query

Stands For


Results in real time


Past Second


Past Minute


Past Hour


Past 1 Day (24 hours)


Past Month


Past Year

Vote of Thanks

I Hope that by now the layer of mist should have got cleared from your mind and further, thanks to my sincere efforts. Anyways, not boasting any more crap about myself, I would honestly like you to follow these umpteen and upscale parameters to assure high degree accuracy in your search results. On lighter notes, these would definitely act as your beloved in your endeavors, helping you in achieving orgasmic success….In online search, not while making love...You Dirty Mind! J

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