Linkfromdomain from Live Search

Yesterday, Live Search released a cool, new operator that allows you search based on links from a domain. This has a lot of power and is not available on Yahoo! or Google. It’s good for finding content that has been linked to from a blogger or social site. Here are some examples: robot videos on youtube – site:youtube.com linkfromdomain:digg.com, PDF links on del.icio.us – linkfromdomain:icio.us pdf , or calendar links from Gigaom: linkfromdomain:gigaom.com calendar. This can be very powerful when combined their Search Macros – a user-defined and shared operator. Live Search blogger, Andy Edmonds, has more on this combo.
The Live Search blog has a pretty good explanation of how this operator interacts with its other operator linkdomain:.

The visual below depicts “YourSite.com” and a set of related sites. The Blue nodes represent sites with reciprocal links, while the yellow nodes are sites you link to, and the green nodes sites that link to you. Here’s how you would capture these domains with advanced syntax:

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Green + Blue – > LinkDomain:YourSite.com
Yellow + Blue -> LinkFromDomain:YourSite.com
Green + Yellow + Blue -> LinkFromDomain:YourSite.com | LinkDomain:YourSite.com

There is one catch in the functionality. Note that I did not use my own blog (radar.oreilly.com – linkfromdomain:radar.oreilly.com)  in any examples and that i had to call del.icio.us using icio.us (linkfromdomain:del.icio.us mac).  Linkfromdomain: is not able to search based on subdomain. Thus you can search allof blogspot, but not any individual blogspot blog. The Live team is aware of this, but there is no word on where it is in the pipeline.

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  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/ouseful Tony Hirst

    This is a really powerful feature, and something I am iterating towards with my searchfeedr intermediary service (searchfeedr).

    At the moment, it separately supports pageSearch (search over the links FROM a page), linkSearch (search over pages that link to a given URL) and relatedSearch (search over pages that are related to a URL, according to delicious, and via similicious).

    One advantage(?) is that the user can perform these queries over different search engines (Goolge, yahoo, altavista, live). However, searches are limited to searches over 15 domains (cf. Rollyo).

    I have been wondering for some time about whether to integrate these three, to allow users to supply a URL and search over the sites that link to it, from it, and that are related to it.

    searchfeedr and related tools are blogged about in part at searchfeedr blog posts

    I can see I’m going to have to look at incorporating this new live service :-)

    regards

    tony