SiteCatalyst Quick Tip: Advanced Search Quirks

I stumbled across a little trick recently that could save time and frustration for any analyst that is dealing with pipe ” | ” based Page Name delimiters.

This is completely made up data, but it will illustrate the issue and the workaround.

Let’s say your website hosts content on Utah Ski resorts. You’ve named your pages that are ski resort “guides” as “guide | [ski resort name]”.

Now, you are looking to make a clean report that shows how each of the ski resort guides are performing. Knowing that you can use the search box, you do a search for “guide” like this.

sitecatalyst search report

Unfortunately, as seen above, this search pulls in an unwanted line item. You are not interested in the photo guides for this report. You just want the resort guides.

What do you next?

If you are like me, you try typing in guide with a pipe. Unfortunately that doesn’t work, you still get the unwanted photo guide.

Next, you try going to the Advanced Search option forcing the string with quotes, like this.

No luck there either. When you run the report the search box oddly enough, changes to this:

And you still get your unwanted line item.

Finally, you try typing “guide |” directly into to the search bar, and BAM! You get what you were looking for.

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