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The problem I'm trying to solve is that I'd like to buy a set of products online (FYI: Topeak F25, F66, F55, iPhone DryBag, and ProPack Small).

For convenience, and to save on shipping costs, I'd like to buy all products from one retailer.

I can find each and every aforementioned product at different retailers in the EU, but not all of them at a single one.

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A bit more clarification. Suppose I'm looking for a webshop to sell me products 'ABC' and 'DEF'. When I search for "ABC+DEF", search engines will try to find a page which features both terms. But in a webshop, both products might be on different pages which do not feature both terms at the same time so those pages will not pop up. Basically what you want to ask is: "Show me all sites which feature the keywords ABC and DEF somewhere in the site (not necessarily on the same page)." –  Jasper Jan 21 at 10:56

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You can search a particular site with Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask.com, and many other search engines with the site: operator. For instance, to search amazon.com for music, you'd enter the following in the search query box:

site:amazon.com music
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The site: operator is a filter, not a way to find out whether a set of keywords can be found at the site as a whole. –  T0TTE Mar 11 '11 at 20:00
    
This is not a valid answer since using the site: operator you're already limiting the results to a specific site. The site is what we want to find, so it's the one thing we cannot filter on. –  Jasper Jan 21 at 10:14

Fascinating question.

Off the top of my head, I can only think of a kludge. Use keyword ranking tools to find websites that are ranked highly.

Web SEO Analytics allows you to enter multiple keywords and multiple domains. The keywords you would enter would be the products you want to purchase. The domains are stores you think or know sell one or more of the products. I have not used that tool, so I don't know how good it is.

I have used the Keyword Position tool, and I like it. It also allows you to enter multiple keywords, but only one domain at a time.

It's not a great solution, but it could work if you already have a list of potential retailers.

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Yeah but you'd want to do this without having a list of retailers. It should be as easy as performing two queries and intersecting the list of results to come up with sites which appear in both. If the ranking could also be included this would give pretty accurate results I think. But weirdly no search engine seems to support this. –  Jasper Jan 28 at 9:41

A different approach: use offline browsers to spider websites yourself

Using offline browsing software, you enter the list of keywords (products) you want. Tell the offline browser software to only download pages that have at least one of the keywords. Then enter a list of domains that might have the product.

Three options (of likely hundreds):

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The problem is in the "list of domains that might have the product". You would need to know that list beforehand, which might not be the case. It's also easy to miss a site doing it like this. –  Jasper Jan 28 at 9:40
    
This method could find other retailers if you spider websites like Nextag.com and don't limit the spidering to the website. It's a cludge, for sure, but I have not yet thought of other options. –  I used to like this site Jan 28 at 14:54

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