Keyword Search
Search for simple brands, products, keywords…

Boolean Operators
AND combines two keywords:
BMW AND bike will find all entries which mention the keyword “BMW” and the keyword “bike”.

AND NOT excludes a word of an entry:
BMW AND NOT bike will find all entries with the keyword “BMW”, but only if the notion “bike” is not contained in the same article.

“-” operator: excluding keywords
Similar to the “NOT”-operator, the minus operator can be used to exclude keywords out of your results e.g.:
chocolate -swiss
BMW -site:”” excludes the results from your own webpage or any other webpage

OR means that at least one of the terms that are linked by an OR have to be mentioned in the same article:
BMW OR bike will find all entries that include either the keyword “BMW” or the keyword “bike”.

Search for exact Character Strings
Quotes “ ” are used to find an exact character string:
BMW series” will find all entries that contain the exact character string “BMW series”. In contrast, the search query BMW AND series does not respect the order.

site specific searches
Luxembourg site:”” websites should be specified with quotation marks
BlackBerry site:”” site:”” shows the results found on both websites

Brackets ( ) are used to group several keywords in a way that operators can be applied on multiple terms within the brackets (distributive law):
BMW AND (motorcycle OR car) is a short form for (BMW AND motorcycle) OR (BMW AND car).

Wildcard Search
The wildcard operator * is a character that stands for 0 or any possible number:
Luxemb* will find all entries including keywords like “Luxembourg”, “Luxemburg”, “Luxemburgish”, etc. Wildcards are only accepted at the end of a keyword.

Wildcard Search – One Character
The question mark ? has a similar function as the wildcard operator, but only replaces exactly one character:
It is useful in consideration of British and American English, e.g.: reali?ation finds realisation but also realization.

Proximity Search 
The tilde symbol ~ analyses the surroundings of a character string which is enclosed in quotes (consisting of at least two words):
obama merkel~5 finds every entry, containing the keywords obama and merkel within an interval of maximum of 5 jumps, for example “A statement released from the White House said Obama , Monti and Merkel agreed on certain steps“ .

You cannot combine the tilde with the wildcard operator.

Raw Data Inquiry
A simple + in front of a keyword samples an exact character string including special characters, it considers lower and upper cases and punctuation. It also works with brackets and tilde:
+l’oréal“ or +d&g“.
++”eBay” in addition also respects the case of the letters and hence excludes the results “ebay” and “Ebay”…

Title Search
Adding title: searches within the title of an article:
title:BMW will find all results which contain the keyword BMW within the title.
title:”obama merkel”~5 matches with: “Obama Seeking Ally Finds Merkel a Tough Sell”.

Content Search
Adding content: searches within the article:
content:BMW will find all results mentioning BMW within the main text of the article.

Source Country Restriction
Adding sourcecountry: searches for the country of origin of the sources:
sourcecountry:de filters all articles from German sources and that were published in Germany.

Article Country Restriction
Adding articlecountry: searches for country detection within the article.
articlecountry:de filters all articles that contain the term Germany.

“Query: Too Many Terms”
When using complicated boolean expressions please be aware that they are limited to 10 clauses! This means that you can only use 9 boolean operators (like: AND, OR, site…) in your queries. Thank you for your understanding.


  1. Mary

    Hello – I’m trying to set up a news alert but am receiving a “Query: Too Many Terms” error message.

    What is the maximum number of keywords I can use when setting up an alert?

    Thank you!

    1. Julie Hong

      Hello Mary,

      Please accept our apologies for this late reply. A search query can only contain up to 10 elements combined by 9 main keywords (such as AND, OR, AND NOT, site).

      “Elements” can therefore either be a keyword, a group of keyword in quotes, or a URL.

      We hope this helps you with your alerts.

      Best Regards,


  2. Peter Kuipers

    is it possible to exclude soem sites fromt he alerts now i get so many alerts from a user (with the same name ) as my alert keyword that the real results are not visible.

    1. Julie Hong

      Hello Peter,

      In your case, I would suggest you to add:


      in your search query, to exclude all results coming from this URL.

  3. Rainer

    Hello, I`ve the same problem and question as Mary:

    What is the maximum number of keywords I can use when setting up an alert?
    Or is the max. length of a search query limited by a maximum number of characters?

    Best regards

      1. Julie Hong

        Hello Rainer,

        Please accept our apologies for this late reply. A search query can only contain up to 10 elements combined by 9 main keywords (such as AND, OR, AND NOT, site).

        “Elements” can therefore either be a keyword, a group of keyword in quotes, or a URL.

        We hope this helps you with your alerts.

        Best Regards,


  4. Wienie KIng

    I’m not receiving any alerts. One of the searches I set up was:
    site:”” “eames”
    But no alerts are generated. Ideas.

    1. Julie Hong

      Hi Wienie,

      Thank you for your interest in Talkwalker Alerts! At the moment we only send alerts for data collected on blogs, forums and news; which is why Craigslist results aren’t sent.


    1. Julie Hong

      Hello John,

      At the moment, Talkwalker Alerts sends all of the the results that have been independently duplicated, for example for journalists who wish to keep a track of all sources where their articles are syndicated.


  5. Jena

    I was looking for Google Alerts alternative and tested for about 3 months now. The subscription price is hard to ignore, which is why I ended on your site as I continue to search for free options. So far, I’m liking what I see.

    Your homepage talks about social monitoring but there is no option to join. Is this for select individuals and companies only?

    1. Julie Hong

      Hello Jena,

      Thank you for your interests in Talkwalker Alerts! Our homepage talks about our full social media monitoring & analytics tool, simply called “Talkwalker”, which is a paid tool used by clients who range from PR, digital agencies to large corporations. It is really a tool that can suit small as well as big needs.

      If you wish to know more about it, please do not hesitate to drop us a message with your needs at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

      Best Regards,


  6. Angelo D'Ambrosio

    Hi, it’s my impression or wild cards don’t go along with boolean operators?
    For example i tried this query in the alert builder:
    (igien* AND NOT igienist?) AND gravidanz*
    but still I see results with “igienista”, while if I use
    (igien* AND NOT igienista) AND gravidanz*
    the results are ok

    Oddly there are no problem with “gravidanz*”

    Did I do something wrong?

    PS: talkwalk doesn’t do singular/plural abstraction by itself isn’t it?


    1. Julie Hong

      Hi Angelo,

      Thank you for your interest in Talkwalker Alerts.
      Concerning your first question: I think the search query you are looking for would be (igien* AND NOT igienist*) AND gravidanz*, with no use of the question mark.
      We don’t do singular/plural abstraction.

      Best Regards,


  7. Bradley

    Hi there. I’d like to set up alerts for a lot of terms (a few hundred or so). Is there a limit to the number of alerts that I set up using a free account?


    1. Julie Hong

      Hello Bradley,

      Welcome to Talkwalker Alerts! We allow users to create up to 100 different free alerts. For heavy users who want to monitor much more topics, they usually turn to our full (paid) social media monitoring solution as it suits their business needs better:
      Would this be relevant to you too? If so, please e-mail me at julie @ talkwalker . com.
      Otherwise, you may also try to optimize or group certain keywords with Boolean operators, such as

      Have a great day ahead,


  8. Leslie

    I’m creating an alert using quotes “tom sawyer” but am getting results that include both words anywhere in the article rather than the exact phrase.

    1. Julie Hong

      Hello Leslie!

      This is very surprising. Do you mind if I have a look at your account? Please email me your account email address to julie at talkwalker dot com.
      And also, please include in the email some results of links that you have received that you believe aren’t accurate.



    1. Julie Hong

      Hello Jason,

      By choosing “only the best” you will be delivered with less results.
      The “better” web pages are determined by a combination of several factors, including the Alexa pagerank and the relevance of the article.


  9. M

    How to use “title” and raw data inquiry together?
    I’m trying to use “C++” and “title”, the following doesn’t work (shows “Query: Cannot parse query” error): title:+”c++”
    I can add a space, but I’m not sure whether that still does the right thing (I don’t want to pick up titles containing “C”, “C.”, “C#”, etc. — and it seems that’s what it does): title: +”c++”
    Any hints?

    1. Julie Hong


      That is a very good question and we are really annoyed to tell you that there is no way to search for “C++” in titles of articles (… for the moment).
      You can only search for C++ inside a page.
      We will surely include this is the development of our search technology.

      Thanks for pointing this out,


  10. Jim

    Hi there, say I want to set up a search a certain domain, for example Basketball site:”http://*.edu” would that work?

  11. laurent

    Hi Julie,
    Could you tell me how to make a query to remove feeds with the word ‘near’ close to the word “oakland”.

    Would a “-” sign before the quotes work, such as:

    -”near oakland”~3


    1. Talkwalker Support

      Dear Laurent,

      The “-” sign in front of the query works, but to be reassured try to use “NOT” instead of the “-” sign.

      Kind regards

  12. David

    Dear Julie,

    1.Is it possible to get alerts only for the same day ? The alerts I get are from several days…
    2.If I’m using the next search: “jim cramer” or “pimco” I get only 2 result, and when I’m searcing only “Jim cramer” I get 50 results ?

    Thank you!

    1. Talkwalker Support

      Dear David,

      1. Unfortunately this isn’t possible.
      2. The syntax OR must be in capital letters

      Kind regards

  13. David

    Hi, is there anyway to turn off the bolding/highlighting in output of the terms which match the search?


  14. Marc FONTAINE


    I’m trying to test something like that markus+white

    But it doesn’t work. You say in previous reply that is not support at this time.
    And Now in July 2013. Is site: is support ?

    Thank’s in advance

    1. Talkwalker Support

      Dear Marc,

      Unfortunately not yet, it will take some more time that it will be supported.

      Kind regards

  15. Fred

    I’ve created a list of 100 single keyword alerts but while the first 40 in the list are producing results after that all the others are doing nothing. Even after leaving things the same thing shows with “not executed” results for the bottom 60 on the list but results showing for the first 40.

    Seems odd as some of the terms are very popular so I was wondering why this might be happening?

  16. PD

    More than one month ago, I set up a daily alert to a news site and the results seem to be limited to a maximum of 10 links. Any results above 10 seem to be missing.

    Is this a limitation of the free service?


  17. Gerard Velez

    Is it possible to do a search just for an specific type of file?

    For example innovation “big data” type:pdf


  18. Angelo D'Ambrosio

    Hi! I’m having some problems with the queries! If I undestood well the results should always contain the keywords separated by AND isn’it?

    I built several quite complex keywords because I need to be very specific for my reasearch. But I’m getting a lot of results that shouldn’t be there since only one of the keywords divided by AND is in the page content!

    For example I have a query like this:
    content:((drog* OR stupefacent* OR psicotrop* OR tossicodipenden*) AND (gravidanz* OR preconcezional*) AND NOT (violenza OR polizia OR denuncia OR finanz*))

    Well I’m having a lot of stuff with finanza or polizia without gravidanza or preconcezionale.
    Am I missing something??

  19. Pat Eschmann


    I’m a beginner at usingTalkwalker. So far it’s been working well. I have a number of entries using multiple names, i.e. John and Jane Doe. How best to enter/incorporate the quotes around the names when there are two people involved? We do want to receive information that relates to both.



  20. Lauren Hertel

    Just realized that my searches didn’t have full quotation marks around them (“xxx”) but instead had two apostrophes on each side (”xxx”). Looks identical on the screen, but obviously NOT the same to a computer. Sorry!

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