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Google old content posted before a specific date

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/05/15

Steps:

  1. Start with something like https://www.google.com/search?q=”did+you+hear+about+the+man”+”he%27s+0K+now”
  2. Clicking Tools followed by Any Time, then Custom range often does not show a dialog.
  3. Appending &tbs=qdr:y to the URL magically enables that popup:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=”did+you+hear+about+the+man”+”he%27s+0K+now”&tbs=qdr:y
  4. After filling it in, you get a very different URL like https://www.google.com/search?q=”did+you+hear+about+the+man”+”he%27s+0K+now”&tbs=cdr:1,cd_min:,cd_max:01-01-2007

This is how I found the post in Did you hear about the man who got cooled to absolute zero? He’s 0K now.

I think cdr stands for custom date range and qdr for a built in date range as after searching for the abbreviations, I found [WayBack] Google Search URL Request Parameters | DETECTED that discusses tbm and tbo in addition to tbs.

The trick above is the successor of [WayBack] Filter Google Results by Date with a URL Trick which appended &as_qdr=d.

–jeroen

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