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Content Analyzer: Advanced search operators
Content Analyzer: Advanced search operators

How to use Boolean Search Operators in BuzzSumo

Written by Evan Ahlers
Updated over a week ago

Using the search bar 

Our Content Analyzer might look simple, but there's a lot of power under the hood!

You can enter up to 1,000 characters, and take advantage of our boolean search operators to truly customize your data.

If you're new to boolean, don't worry! We promise you'll get the hang of it quickly.

We have examples below, and you can click the 'Advanced Search Tips' link located under the search bar to view the full list of operators that can be used along with example searches.

Advanced search options

  • Add context to a search: Use 'AND' to add context to a search. Note that this is our default operator if there is a space between two words.

  • Exclude words or domains from a query: Insert a hyphen before words, phrases or domains to exclude them from results.

  • Search for multiple words: Use 'OR' to search for multiple words and phrases. You can think of this as combining the results of twos separate searches.

  • Find an exact phrase: place your query between quote marks to search for an exact phrase.

  • Search by URL or Domain: Enter a domain to see the most shared content on that site, or enter an exact URL to check the stats for a specific article.

  • Search for multiple domains: Enter multiple domains separated by 'OR' to see the top content from both domains, sorted by shares.

  • Find content by author name: Use the ’author:Name’ syntax to find the top content from that author. Alternately, click an author's name in the search results to do a portfolio search for all of their content that's indexed on BuzzSumo.

  • View links shared by Twitter user(s): Use the ’shared:@username’ syntax to find content shared by that Twitter user. Separate with a comma (no space) for up to 10 handles.


You can search for multiple types of tips and "how to" articles on content marketing:

"content marketing" how to OR "content marketing" why OR "content marketing" what OR "content marketing" "reasons why" OR "content marketing" "need to know" OR "content marketing" learn OR "content marketing" guide OR "content marketing" list OR "content marketing" tips OR "content marketing" "ways to"

See the example search here.

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