Search Help

To find information about a topic, simply type in a few keywords. The more detailed your query, the more relevant your results.

Blastvalve has advanced capabilities to help you find exactly what you're looking for. These are best shown with a few examples:

Note on case sensitivity - only search words or phrases containing an upper case character will be treated as case sensitive. A search on "balloonist" will match "Balloonist", "BALLOONIST", and "BallOoniSt", while the search term "BALLOONIST" would match only links with BALLOONIST (in uppercase) in them.

Note on Match Any vs. Match All - if you are getting too many results or off-topic pages, choose the "Match All" option. This will look for pages that contain all the words you're looking for. This is especially important if "balloon" is one of your search terms, as in "balloon ride" since the majority of pages use balloon as a keyword, the only way to get targeted results is to select "Match All."

Note on Refinement - use the refinement option box to focus searches on a geographic area. "No Refinement" searches the entire Blastvalve directory. Selecting "Canada" will only return results from Canada. Please note that for the refinement option the UK is seperate from and not included in Europe. At the bottom of Search Results is an option to refine the results to a geographic area.

Prefacing a search term with a "special" character can greatly help you to narrow your searches....





+ / and

Require this term +balloonist Will only display listings that contain the word "balloonist"


Forbid this term -ride

or ...

+balloon -ride

Will only display listings that DO NOT contain the word "ride"


Prefer this term +balloon or ride This will find all listings containing "balloon", and will rank those that also contain the word "ride" a bit higher. (since ride is "preferred")

" "

Exactly match this phrase "Breitling Orbiter" This will find all listings that contain the phrase "Breitling Orbiter". Note that using the quote marks forces the engine into a case-sensitive search.


Find all entries belonging to a given domain or matching a file name


The top example will return all entries in the domain. The lower example shows how you could find every .asp page listed in the engine.


Find all entries submitted by a person with this email address


This is a convenience search, if you know who posted a link (or want to see if a certain person has posted any links, this is how you'd find them.


Match anything



You can use the asterisk as a "wildcard" to match parts of a word. In our example, the search would return any listing with any word starting with "inter". The asterisk does have one limitation: it cannot span words - that is, the query "mat*arts" would not match the first sentence of this description - and it can represent at most four letters or numbers. To avoid overly broad searches, the asterisk can only be used in words or phrases which have at least three characters, so a search for "th*" or "an*" would be ignored.

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