| 1:26 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Noticed the same thing on "hotel" "hotels"....big change!
| 1:39 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)|
It can sometimes be very difficult to say acturatly if the plural is the difference. Lately I have noticed that simply doing the same search from the results page will be enough to trigger a different set of results to be displayed. I assume this is due mainly to the search being carried out on a different server or data center.
The now rolling update process means the index is changing all the time. Makes it very dificult to accuratly carry out comparisons.
| 2:04 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I know that Google has introduced some new features into its AdWords along the lines of plurals. I wonder if there is a connection?
| 2:18 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Another example is New York wine(s), That could be an example that has always been like that though, since I don't follow it much. The one I mentioned in the opening post I do follow and the singular and plural results have never been close. Searching for restaurants in my area also yields the same results regardless of the "s". That sux by the way. Used to be the individual restaurants would show up in the singular, and the directories would show up in the plural. Now it's only the directories.
| 3:28 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I too have seen this for certain words.
In my case, it's works in my favor since now I'm getting traffic from words that I did not target.
| 3:40 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)|
It makes sense and is overdue IMHO. For someone searching for "Blue Widgets", the phrase "Blue Widget Merchant" is obviously relevant.
Hopefully relevance will be a factor, so that plural and singular won't always give the same result.
A side benefit for Google would be a reduction in the number of SEOs trying to optimise for both, which has a tendency to make the serps a bit spammy.