homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.226.173.169
register, free tools, login, search, subscribe, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Subscribe to WebmasterWorld

Home / Forums Index / Google / Google SEO News and Discussion
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: Robert Charlton & aakk9999 & brotherhood of lan & goodroi

Google SEO News and Discussion Forum

    
quote/unquote - Google removes exact phrase match if no results
Receptional Andy




msg:3618532
 9:30 pm on Apr 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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):

[google.com...]

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.

 

tedster




msg:3618573
 11:11 pm on Apr 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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 ;)

Bones




msg:3618593
 11:36 pm on Apr 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

There is a pretty hard to miss message that says:

No results found for "[query]".
Results for [query] (without quotes):

steveb




msg:3618596
 11:44 pm on Apr 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

This page now shows as the single result.

Receptional Andy




msg:3618597
 11:46 pm on Apr 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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....;)

arubicus




msg:3619417
 7:58 pm on Apr 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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.

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  
 

Home / Forums Index / Google / Google SEO News and Discussion
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved