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Google changing search terms making results invalid
AndyA




msg:4204708
 11:48 am on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

I was searching for a particular Blue Widget "ACRDS" on Google, and didn't find what I wanted on the first page. So...I went to page 2. Well, Google apparently thought I was searching for Blue Widget "CARDS" so it changed the search term.

This is after it had already made that suggestion to me on page 1, and I ignored it.

Then, I went back up to the search terms and changed it back to the correct order, "ACRDS" and attempted to search again. Google apparently thinks it knows what I want better than I do, because once again on page 2, it changed it back.

Really, Google? Do you think irritating people is the best way to retain them? How many times do you want to play this game? If you were so great, you'd know what "ACRDS" is, and you wouldn't be changing it to something else.

Another reason why I've been using Bing lately.

 

futureX




msg:4204719
 12:44 pm on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've noticed this kind of thing for quite some time, in my case it doesn't change what I'm searching for from "ACRDS" but instead shows me results from "ACRDS" and "CARDS" alongside each other, and obviously the "similar" word "CARDS" shows up a lot more results.

It is quite annoying when you're trying to search for something specific and I do find myself quite miffed that I have to employ tricks and workarounds to search for what I typed in...

The only way I found to get around it is to type "Blue widgets ACRDS -CARDS", which kind of works but then any page matched with ACRDS which also contains CARDS will not show :(

tedster




msg:4204732
 1:02 pm on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've never seen Google change back on page 2 after I made a choice on page 1. That would be a very stupid thing to do.

aristotle




msg:4204733
 1:03 pm on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

At the bottom of the Google results page is a link called "Give Us Feedback" that allows you to make a complaint about the problem.

Sgt_Kickaxe




msg:4205111
 2:51 am on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've got this problem too, an acronym in my niche is 3 letters long and Google continually switches it to a 4 letter word that means something else entirely.

mrguy




msg:4205120
 3:24 am on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

That would be a very stupid thing to do.


Google seems to be stuck on stupid lately so nothing surprises me.

I don't use Google for my regular searches anymore because I can never find what I want.

g1smd




msg:4205190
 10:19 am on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

This behaviour is pushing me to use Google less and less these days.

I know what I wanted to search for, and what I typed is what I wanted.

AndyA




msg:4205227
 11:37 am on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've used the Google "Give Us Feedback" link before, and it seems to be a complete waste of time. I reported a site once that was 50% micro hidden text that matched the page background. It ranked very well for all those search terms hidden at the bottom.

This seems like Search Scam 101, a basic that Google should have caught quickly. But no, that site ranked quite well for years, and really offered no value that I could see, as some of the hidden text was search terms that included site names, including mine. And yes, it ranked above my site at times.

Go figure.

I've tried this several times, just to make sure it wasn't a fluke. Google insists on changing the search term on page 2. Annoying, to say the least.

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