Google Tests Search By Time, Week, Month & Year

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Google is testing the ability to search its web search by time, such as posts in the last 24 hours, week, month and incremental months and years.

Freshness is becoming more of an important trait in ranking and more and more sites are adding blogs, news rooms and articles to keep up with the demand. With Google consolidating its blog, news and other search channels into one Universal search, the demand to search by day or time becomes more important.

Here’s a screenshot from Cheezhead :

Google Time Search

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Danny Sullivan

    Hmm. I wonder if he did an advanced search by date and didn’t realize this box shows up as a result. Look:

    Did you by chance do a search of the advanced search page first? Because if you do, that’s what happens. Watch:

    See, I searched on advanced, then got that box showing on the results. I’ve trimmed off the parameters of the URL that aren’t necessary to make it appear.

  • dan

    Interesting. How will this impact SEO?

  • Richard Hearne

    Hasn’t this been around for yonks? Go into advanced search and you use this option, then when you go back to your results page the drop-down is there?

    Matt Cutts described this a while back.

  • Bashar

    They already have this by adding specific parameters so it seems they are testing the interface.

  • House

    Yes, I think they are just testing the interface. Good to see new stuff anyway