Fast Blog Finder Search Cheat Sheet

To improve or refine the results, you can use different combinations of the search query. Below is the list of the most common search options supported by Fast Blog Finder. Plus, you can search for sites using your custom footprints. Using your custom footprints you can find any sites [not only blogs] from any platform.

# Shortcut Finds blogs that have…
1 email marketing the words "email" OR "marketing"
2 email +marketing the words "email" AND "marketing"
3 carp fishing -sea the word "carp" OR the word "fishing" but NOT the word "sea"
4 "email marketing" the exact phrase "email marketing"
5 "email marketing" -seo the exact phrase "email marketing" but NOT the word "seo"
6 "email" the word "email" and the domain ending with ""
7 email +"2 comments" the word "email" AND 2 comments
6 "email marketing" +"3 comments" the exact phrase "email marketing" AND 3 comments
9 ~marketing the word "marketing" and its synonyms
10 email * marketing the words "email" and "marketing" separated by one or more words

Advanced Search Tips

Below you can find a few examples of the advanced search tricks that are not widely used yet may be quite effective in getting more search results:

  • Search for blogs with the keywords in the URL
inurl:email - searches for the "email" word in the URL of the blog  
inurl:email marketing - searches for the words "email" OR "marketing" in the URL of the blog
inurl:"email marketing" - searches for the "email marketing" phrase in the URL of the blog
  • Search for blogs with and without "www" prefix in the URL: 
"email marketing" inurl:"www." - searches for blogs with www prefix in the URL
"email marketing" -inurl:"www." - searches for blogs without www prefix in the URL
  • Search for blogs registered on specific domain zones (.com, .net, .biz, etc.)
"some keywords" inurl:".com"
"some keywords" inurl:".net"
"some keywords" inurl:".biz"
"some keywords" inurl:".edu"
"some keywords" inurl:".info"
"some keywords" inurl:".org"
  • Search for blogs registered on specific domains (example for com domains)
"some keywords" site:com - searches only for blogs registered on com domain zone

site:*com - searches for blogs without a hyphen in the domain name
site:com -site:*com - searches for blogs with one or more hyphens in the domain name

site:*-*com - searches for blogs with one hyphen in the domain name
site:*-*-*com - searches for blogs with two hyphens in the domain name

site:*.*com - searches for blogs with one dot in the domain name
site:*.*.*com - searches for blogs with two dots in the domain name
  • Search for specific blog URLs
site:com/*  - searches for blogs with one or more subdirectories in the URL
site:com/*/* - searches for blogs with two subdirectories in the URL

Using these search queries you can find a few times more blogs if the blogs for the specified keywords exist and are indexed by Google.

Comments (26)

  • Chris @ Scientia Derma Roller
    January 8, 2010 at 15:39 |

    A very useful post – not only for the use of the blog finder software (which is excellent!), but for searching in general! Most people don’t know the many different ways to query the search engines…

    I didn’t know the ~keyword or the keyword * keyword tricks! Thanks!

  • Vending Guy
    January 26, 2010 at 09:18 |

    Awesome, this tool is getting better and better. Thanks for the great work you folks are doing!

  • Used Pilates Equipment
    January 29, 2010 at 10:25 |

    I have been using Fast Blog Finder about 3 months. And this piece of software is absolutely amazing. Only today however do I manage to stumble onto the cheat sheet! LOL! Go figure! But I love it, and hopefully it will only get better and better.

  • Webdesign Berlin
    March 8, 2010 at 09:40 |

    thanks a lot…i happen to use this one often lately:email +”2 comments” because it shows me blogs that actually DO accept replies, and have some decent traffic πŸ™‚

  • hklein
    March 18, 2010 at 15:22 |


    would it be possible to see the country where the blog is hosted ?


  • Koral
    March 22, 2010 at 10:31 |

    Great tips, will try them for sure! I like how they are like google commands.
    I’m very pleased to have purchased the gold edition of this software.

  • John Matenkosky
    May 3, 2010 at 14:24 |

    At the top of this page, example 3 carp fishing -sea really means carp or fishing but NOT the word sea.

    More complicated search strategies really need delimiters (typically parentheses) to prevent ambiguity. For example, does A B -C mean A or (B-C) or does it mean (A or B) -C? Does FBF allow parens?

  • Dave - Exercise bikes
    May 31, 2010 at 17:11 |

    Excellent I like the new additions. I’ll download the new version.

    It is a very powerful tool you have created.

  • steve@Isla Mujeres trip review
    June 27, 2010 at 12:05 |

    Hi Julia, finally bought the s/w a week ago. Very happy with it so far! The advanced search tips are very useful. Opens my eyes to new ways of finding blogs. Also it seems to be exactly the same as google advanced search πŸ™‚ which is nice.

  • trevor@internet marketing
    July 6, 2010 at 11:25 |

    I like this package. I encouraged 3 other groups to buy it and they have.

    Someone upstairs there, stated that for new sites its nice to get some love from high PR sites. How does one specifically go about using this software to search for blogs of any type that are non-follow tag free and that have a high PR ?

    To what i have seen so far, its just lucky when you get non non-follow blogs that also have a higher PR like 6 or PR7.

    So, is there a specific search one could use?

  • Su@Link Strategies Backlinks
    July 14, 2010 at 08:51 |

    I’ve been following Julia’s posts for some time now, and want to say that I’ve always found them to be solid, with really useful information. As Chris above says, these search tips can also be used for searching in general, in the search engines. I’m going to bookmark this page for future reference!

  • BFB Pro
    September 6, 2010 at 10:50 |

    This software, in my judgment, is the very best tool out there for anyone who is SERIOUS about implementing a blog-commenting strategy…It is FAR ahead of similar software tools of it’s type, and I have tried several…

  • Homebrew recipes
    November 25, 2010 at 14:48 |

    I really like the new search facilities, this really is a powerful tool. I’m certainly glad I upgraded to the full version.

  • Link Building Best Practices
    February 4, 2011 at 11:44 |

    Glad to have the list. I was wondering what operators we could use in the search.

  • Hamid
    March 27, 2011 at 16:39 |

    Awesome. Appreciate the continuous development of this tool. It makes it well worth the price.

  • Anthony@Bathroom Tile
    April 6, 2011 at 08:50 |

    I bought Fast Blog Finder several months ago and kind of forgot about it as I work on a bunch of sites and seem to never have enough time for my own stuff.
    I rediscovered it recently and wow this is a great piece of software.
    It helps me to drill down on my related link possibilities.
    Great job guys

  • Bed Bugs at Home
    April 27, 2011 at 12:09 |

    Every few weeks or so I am again surprised at what this wonderful tool has to offer and how much easier it is to get mundane tasks accomplished more effectively. Thank-you again for the cheat sheet and the minutes/hours that I will certainly save in using it!


  • Gluten Free Tips
    June 16, 2011 at 14:19 |

    Thanks for these tips – it is good to see that the development team want users to be able to make the best use of the product rather than creating bells and whistles which have no use.

    I really like the latest addition of color coding the no follow links.

  • news
    June 25, 2011 at 08:59 |

    I have found several gems already with this tool πŸ™‚ PR-7 do follow links are the best ;).

    These commands will help me in a variety of ways thank you! πŸ˜€

  • Dev @ Toronto SEO
    July 29, 2011 at 14:54 |

    That’s a great list of search operators you have there. Good job on the tool – It’s really simplified the comment link building process.

  • Quality Link Building
    September 7, 2011 at 08:18 |

    I have had great success using your tool. In particular I like the fact that it lists page PR as well as site PR. A feature I would love to see that I am using another tool for though is a URL extractor. I’d like to be able to select a blog and have it extract all the URL’s from that site and then show the PR for each page, not just the home page as there are many buried gems in some sites with PR4,5,6 pages.

  • dave@home improvements
    September 23, 2011 at 10:39 |

    I am glad that I came back to this post – as the new version of Fast Blog Finder really puts this to use, especially when trying to find those “precious” edu links. πŸ™‚ One way that I have been able to take advantage of multiple searches using FBF is by using a proxy server, that way you do not have to worry about a temporarily search engine ban.

  • Phoenix SEO
    September 24, 2011 at 14:09 |

    Excellent Cheat Sheet, really helps in training and in enhancing the software to squeeze it to it’s potential.

  • Kevin @ the Article Marketing Guy
    October 3, 2011 at 16:50 |


    Fast Blog Finder is the absolute best tool I have found for blog comment marketing and I’m sure I’ll find some more gems using the tips you’ve just posted.

    Thanks for a great product and for the continuing development!

  • Fran - apprenticemarketer
    November 16, 2011 at 12:10 |

    It’s great to find this information!
    I certainly agree that comments we make in other blogs
    should be meaningful…

    Hey it’s a case of do unto others as you would have them do to you…
    makes the world a better place.

    Fran πŸ™‚

  • George@Born Shoes
    November 28, 2011 at 09:28 |

    I have tried a number of the “free” blog search tools out there and they
    still leave you with a fair amount of legwork sifting through the results.
    Anyone in my shoes starting out a new site and needing to establish
    some SE trust through backlinks should give this software a try. From
    my estimation, it offer some very unique features you won’t find elsewhere.

    My 2 Cents


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