Google - Zip Code/Location Search String - Help!

What is the best way to use this? I've tried a few different times with no success. I generally coem up with 0 results. What am I doing wrong?

Search: On Google - trying to find paralegals - on Spoke.com - in specific locations

Example: With zip cides
inurl:spoke.com intitle:spoke paralegal securities (94001..95156) - I also took out the brackets and nothing!

Example: With City Names
inurl:spoke.com intitle:spoke.com (paralegal) securities (Sunnyvale OR "Santa Clara" OR "San Jose" OR "Mountain View" OR "Palo Alto" OR Redwood City" OR "San Carlos" OR "San Mateo" OR Belmont OR "Foster City" OR Burlingame OR Cupertino OR campbell)

Thank you!
Alana

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Comment by Dave Mendoza on June 12, 2008 at 2:21pm
Alana
The first problem is you keep depending upon Spoke. I am generally not a fan of spoke, try corporate legal targeting using their domains, try a linkedin inurl hack, and also consider using a pipe | versus "OR" (but that just saves time doesnt effect accuracy whether it is "OR" or | )
Comment by Alana Fulvio on June 12, 2008 at 3:22pm
Thanks Dave. I agree with you about Spoke, it's unreliable and out of date. I was only using it as an example to ask about this particular issue. I typically focus on Linkedin (in terms of a networking site), but would like to find out how to be successful in using zip codes as a method of searching (whether it be on specific sites or on the internet in general). Ideas???

I do like the url hack as well - for this search I've done:

inurl:linkedin.com intitle:linkedin (paralegal) securities ("san francisco" OR "bay area") -intitle:directory -inurl:jobid -inurl:answers -inurl:find -inurl:updates

Thoughts??

Thanks again....Alana
Comment by Jeff Weidner on June 13, 2008 at 1:23pm
Also your URL is not accurate.
spoke.com is not specific enough for google to parse propoerly

paralegal site:http://center.spoke.com/info 94001..95156

try this string and it works much better.
Comment by Jeff Weidner on June 13, 2008 at 1:28pm
But a few of the issues your going to have are A) spoke isn't the greatest tool and B) because they put colleagues at the bottom with titles the results get skewed your not searching a title specific to that person as the workd is somwhere on the page.

Ohe when will the semantic web come to fruition to give meaning to all this meaningless data:-)
Comment by Alana Fulvio on June 13, 2008 at 3:12pm
Thanks Jeff! that worked well.

Have a great weekend.
Alana
Comment by Jeff Weidner on June 17, 2008 at 12:08pm
No problem
Also you may want to check out the State of CA web site. Paralegals have to be licensed by the state and I'm sure they have a record and DB posted somewhere on http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/member.aspx

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