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|quote/unquote - Google removes exact phrase match if no results|
Just noticed that for phrase (i.e. quoted) searches, if no results are found Google searches for the result using the default matching (boolean AND, I believe):
|No results found for "a widget's life for me". |
Results for a widget's life for me (without quotes)
Nothing major: if I was a grumpy old cynic I'd say perhaps another step towards ease of use and away from precision.
It seems this is a new treatment - it was just covered today on one of the blogs that covers Google Search.
I can see how this might be useful, but there should be a very hard to miss message that your exact search was changed. Call me a grumpy old cycnic, too.
By the way, now that this thread is indexed, your pharse match search does have a result ;)
There is a pretty hard to miss message that says:
No results found for "[query]".
Results for [query] (without quotes):
This page now shows as the single result.
Personally, I understand the approach, but I don't support it. I think it encourages people not to bother to learn better searching habits, which in the long term is worse for everyone.
|now that this thread is indexed, your phrase match search does have a result |
Bah. Back to the drawing board ;)
Now to think of what words to include in this thread to get it dropped out of Google. Actually, better not....;)
Now since it has a result (this page) I see:
See results for: "search term without quotes" right below.
I also shortened what was in the quotes and it gave me 3 exact the the "See results for:" right below.
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