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How to exclude certain paths from search

Thread began 9/05/2010 11:17 am by Dennis | Last modified 9/09/2010 7:06 pm by Jason Byrnes | 6500 views | 9 replies |

Dennis

How to exclude certain paths from search

Hi,

I have 2-3 directories/folders I would like to exclude from ALL searches. I have read elsewhere that "-inurl:domain/path" should work to do this. But I don't know where to put this code.

I tried adding it in line 2 of the Yahoo/BOSS_include.php file as such

$url = 'http://boss.yahooapis.com/ysearch/web/v1/-inurl:domain/path'.urlencode($term).'?appid='.$appID.'&view=keyterms&sites='.urlencode($sites).'&abstract=long&count='.$count.'&format=xml&start='.$start;

but this apears to break the search (No Results Found) without my modifications the search works great.

This is the web site whee I am trying to get this to work www.oeshealth.org

I would appreciate any help.

Thanks,
Dennis

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

I'm not finding any reference to an inurl parameter that can be passed, where did you read about this?


As far as I'm aware, you would need to prevent the pages from being indexed by the yahoo indexing service to prevent them from being returned by the Search for Boss search engine.

you can add the following meta tag to pages that should not be returned:
<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">


you will need to wait for the site to be re indexed for this to take effect though.

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Dennis

Hi Jason,

Thanks for the reply.

Well, actally I read about the -inurl (and similiarly -site) in the Yahoo Boss forum 549.

Not knowing better (not a programmer) I was hoping I could plug it in somewhere.

Dennis

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

OK, i see, what did line 2 of the Yahoo/BOSS_include.php file look like before you made your change?

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Dennis

Jason,

$url = 'http://boss.yahooapis.com/ysearch/web/v1/'.urlencode($term).'?appid='.$appID.'&view=keyterms&sites='.urlencode($sites).'&abstract=long&count='.$count.'&format=xml&start='.$start;



I also used this thread on this forum as a reference showthread.php?t=13558 but again, not being a programmer, I undoubtedly misuse some reference material.


Dennis

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

try adding the -inurl filer like this:

php:
$url = 'http://boss.yahooapis.com/ysearch/web/v1/'.urlencode($term).'?appid='.$appID.'&view=keyterms&sites='.urlencode($sites).'&abstract=long&count='.$count.'&format=xml&start='.$start.'&-inurl=domain/path';




remember to change domain/path to your domain, and the path you wish to exclude.

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Dennis

Jason,

That didn't seem to do anything? The search still returns hits with the path I'm trying to exclude. here is the line as I tried it

php:
$url = 'http://boss.yahooapis.com/ysearch/web/v1/'.urlencode($term).'?appid='.$appID.'&view=keyterms&sites='.urlencode($sites).'&abstract=long&count='.$count.'&format=xml&start='.$start.'&-inurl=oeshealth.org/oeshealth-orig';


I also tried...
-inurl=www.oeshealth.org/oeshealth-orig
-inurl=oeshealth-orig

It's almost like it isn't getting passed on, I misspelled inurl and everything worked the same with no errors.

the paths I'm trying to exclude are
oescahealthregistry
oeshealth-orig (I'm just using this one for this test).

FYI, the website is www.oeshealth.org using the bottom search box, i've been searching on pra which should return only about 9 hits.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

really the -inurl parameter is not supported by the search for boss tool, I can't say why it is not working.

The best way to prevent certain pages from being included in the search is to tell the spiders to not index or follow using the meta tags I suggested originally.

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Dennis

OK, will do Jason.

Thanks for giving it a try.

Dennis

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Sure, sorry I couldn't get it to work.

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