Take Control of LinkedIn X-Ray Searches With Google Verbatim Search by @MrTalentSourcer

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A great way to find more LinkedIn profiles is to use x-ray (also known as site search or site:search). If you are going to use an x-ray search, changing your Google search from “All results” to “Verbatim” allows you to leverage Boolean Search Operations without any of Google’s personalized algorithm which results in you having greater control of your search string.

Let’s run an example.

I’ll be using the following base string leveraging Google Chrome as my browser.

site:www.linkedin.com/in/ OR site:www.linkedin.com/pub/ -intitle:”profiles” -inurl:”dir/ “

When I add Keywords (Accountant SOX “Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area”) to Google search, I get just over 4000 results.

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Google does provide very relevant results even beyond page 60+. However Google’s search algorithm is always trying to personalize results based on many factors. (Follow “The Story” on Google inside search if you’d like to hear more about how Google search works)

Using the same search string but selecting the “Verbatim” search option, I’ll get different results based purely on the keywords I’ve entered. Verbatim search is my go to when I’m searching for LinkedIn profiles that 1. Don’t have a large network 2. Have an incomplete profile or 3. Have a profile that is out of my network

Additionally, if I want to focus on a specific time frame or newly added profiles, Google does also offer a time filter. This is ideal for finding new profiles.

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 12.48.46 PMIn closing, you should always be asking if you’re getting the best search results. Using both a regular Google search paired with a Verbatim Google search will give you maximum results and an advantage over other sourcers.

Additional Resources

  • I often use my two favorite tools for developing great Boolean search strings when x-raying social media sites like LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, GitHub, to name a few.
  • If you’d like more information on how Google’s Search Algorithm work, please visit Google inside search
  • My favorite blog for SEO, SEM, search and a very technical look at google analytics is Neil Patel

If you happen to be unfamiliar with the benefits or how to site or x-ray search, I would refer you to Glen Cathey’s blog and his post Free LinkedIn Search: Internal Vs. X-ray

  • Adam Chao

    Including this: (site:linkedin.com/pub | site:linkedin.com/in) is unreliable I have found. I like to search for both separately. You can test it…it typically only returns whatever command is first. If you switch them around, it will still return results corresponding to which is first.

  • Ted

    Love this. Nice write up.