Website Search Engine Output Filters in Website Scan

Website scan output filters (also known as list filters) allows you to define which pages you want listed in the sitemap section after website crawls in our website search engine software.

Note: We have a video tutorial:

Even though the video demonstration uses TechSEO360 some of it is also applicable for users of A1 Website Search Engine.

Website Search Engine Website Output Filters Overview

Output filters are usually applied just after website crawling has finished. This means you can have website scanner crawl pages that are not necessarily included in final output. You can use output filters instead or in conjunction with webmaster filters (robots.txt, noindex, nofollow etc.) and analysis filters.

  • Change behavior of how and when these filters get applied by changing:
    • Older versions: Scan website | Crawler options | Apply webmaster and output filters after website scan.
    • Newer versions: Scan website | Output filters | After website scan stops: Remove URLs excluded by "output filters".

  • Exclude URLs in both output filters and analysis filters to minimize crawl time, HTTP requests and memory usage.

  • Note: For changes in output filters to take effect, you will need to scan your website again. The reason is that it is the website crawler that tags all found URLs with flags such as excluded by output filter.

Limit Internal URLs to Those in These Directories

  • Links encountered by crawler are normally grouped in categories internal and external.
  • With this option, you can decide which pages belong in the internal category.

Website crawler list categories

List Files With File Extension in Output

URLs with file extensions not found in the list will not be included in the website scan results.
If you remove all file extensions in the list, the file extension list filtering accepts all files.

Website crawler list extensions

Do Not List URLs That Match Paths / Strings / Regex

Excluding URLs that fully or partially match a text string, path or regular expression pattern from output is a way to have the data returned narrowed down when the tool has finished crawling the website scanned.

Website crawler list categories

  • Strings:
    • blogs matches relative paths that contain "blogs".
    • @ matches relative paths that contain "@".
    • ? matches relative paths that contain "?".
  • Paths:
    • :s matches relative paths that start with "s" such as http://www.microsystools.com/services/ and http://www.microsystools.com/shop/.
    • :blogs/ matches relative paths that start with "blogs/" such as http://www.microsystools.com/blogs/.
  • Subpaths:
    • :blogs/* matches relative paths excluding itself that start with "blogs/" such as http://www.microsystools.com/blogs/sitemap-generator/.
  • Regular expression:
    • ::blog(s?)/ matches relative paths with regex such as http://www.microsystools.com/blogs/ and http://www.microsystools.com/blog/.
    • ::blogs/(2007|2008)/ matches relative paths with regex such as http://www.microsystools.com/blogs/2007/ and http://www.microsystools.com/blogs/2008/.
    • ::blogs/.*?keyword matches relative paths with regex such as http://www.microsystools.com/blogs/category/products/a1-keyword-research/.
    • ::^$ matches the empty relative path (i.e. the root) with regex such as http://www.microsystools.com/.

You can download a project file demonstrating various output filters.
From above examples it can be seen that:
  • : alone = special match.
  • : at start = paths match.
  • : at start and * at end = makes paths into subpaths match.
  • :: at start = regular expression match.
  • None of above, normal string text match.

To add list filter item in dropdown: Type it and use the [+] button.
To remove list filter item in dropdown: Select it and use the [-] button.
You can view more information about the user interface controls used by A1 Website Search Engine.

Add URLs to Output Filters The Easy Way

If you do not need any of the advanced options for Scan website | Output filters, you can find some convenience functionality in the Table menu that allows you to easily exclude URLs. osysThis is useful in cases where you need to crawl a website multiple times.

Website crawler list categories
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