site: search operator

A site: query is a search operator that allows you to request search results from the particular domain, URL, or URL prefix specified in the operator. For example:

site: examples Show results only from the domain ( and
site: tsukemen Shows results for pages that contain URLs that start with and are relevant to the term tsukemen.

The site: search operator is available on all Google Search properties.

Uses for site owners

A site: query can help in a few ways with debugging a site. A few examples:

site: examples

Returns a list of indexed and serving URLs.

site: May help you understand whether a specific URL is indexed and served. viagra casino Helps with identifying and monitoring spam problems on your site.
site: lemon Shows which URLs on the site can show up for the term "lemon".
site: lemon Shows whether the specific URL is indexed for the term "lemon".


The site: operator was designed primarily for search users and so it has some restrictions that site owners might find limiting. Specifically:

  • The site: operator doesn't necessarily return all the URLs that are indexed under the prefix specified in the query. Keep this in mind if you want to use the site: operator for tasks like identifying how many URLs are indexed and serving under a prefix.
  • A site: operator without a query (for example doesn't rank the results. It will generally show the shortest URL for the prefix at the top, but otherwise the results are relatively random.