Searches excluding "$"

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Is it possible to search for pages and exclude the $ or sign?
For example I often search for sheet music and have to go through all the
sites that want me to pay for it.
The sites that give the sheets away for free generally don't have the word
"free" or similar on them, so it's hard to narrow the search to just the
free sites.
I haven't found a search engine yet that appears to be able to exclude
currency symbols. Is there another way to do this?

Re: Searches excluding "$"

"Chris" wrote:

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I think most (if not all) search engines ignore symbols like $ and .
However, you could try excluding oher things like the phrase "add to cart".

There seem to be plenty of good links here:

phil [dot] ronan @ virgin [dot] net /

Re: Searches excluding "$"

__/ [Philip Ronan] on Thursday 01 December 2005 11:09 \__

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Are you a minimalist? Or are you trying to find derogatory information about

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"Free"  is a common spamming word, much like "sex". Variations like  "free
subscription",  "buy one, get one free" or "freeware" help mask the  truth
while  still attracting visitors. You are facing a tough challenge telling
apart ham from spam. I know this because a search for free software can be
rather difficult. and make far better start-
ing point for that very particular reason.

Have you tried directories that contain information about freebies and are
not self-promotional?

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These symbols will simply be skipped. These is rarely a value in indexing

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There  are  common characteristics to pages which contain  trolly/shopping
cart  modules  or packages. If you could identify that, perhaps you  could
filter based on URL?

Hope this helps,


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