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Within the last month, I've created two popular SEO tools: Google Grabber and Yahoo Grabber. Each grabber goes to the respective website and retrieves the number of pages a specified domain has indexed in the search engine. Having the indexed number of pages so quickly and easily is invaluable and a great sales tool.

Though MSN Live Search isn't a powerhouse search engine / portal, I thought I'd throw in the effort to put one together for Microsoft's search engine.

The PHP Code

/* return result number */
function get_msn_results($domain = 'davidwalsh.name')
// get the result content
$content = file_get_contents('http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=site%3A'.$domain);

// parse to get results
$pages = get_match('/id="count">(.*)<\/span>/isU',$content);

//explode, get rid of "of"
$pages = explode('of ',$pages);

$return['pages'] = $pages[1] ? $pages[1] : 0;

// return result
return $return;

/* helper: does the regex */
function get_match($regex,$content)
return $matches[1];

The Usage

$domains = array('davidwalsh.name','digg.com','msn.com','cnn.com','dzone.com','some-domain-that-doesnt-exist.com');
foreach($domains as $domain)
$result = get_msn_results($domain);
echo $domain,': ',$result['pages'],'<br />';

//davidwalsh.name: 431
//digg.com: 9,610,000
//msn.com: 28,100,000
//cnn.com: 17,100,000
//dzone.com: 138,000
//some-domain-that-doesnt-exist.com: 0

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