|Google mobile search - which one? I get three!|
| 2:35 am on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I can get to m.google.com in a desktop browser, which redirects to (e.g.) [google.com...]
I got only five results, which was unusual.
On my iPhone, the Google search app got me over 800,000 results.
On my iPhone/Safari, m.google.com took me to a disambiguation page and I had to fend off a few attempts to point me to the App, until I got to a browser based search. There I got 479k results.
| 6:09 am on Jan 21, 2012 (gmt 0)|
There's only one thing I've read that might be relevant, and I'm not sure it's relevant to your situation. Google does maintain three different sets of "mobile" results - one each for feature phones, smartphones and tablets.
However, those are very big swings in the numbers you're seeiong. Does make you wonder what's going on.
| 1:09 pm on Jan 23, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Where did you read they have three different sets of results?
They have a separate mobile index for feature phones, but not until recently did they create a googlebot for smartphones. As far as I know, the index for smartphones, tablets and desktop users are the same - but feature phones have their own index.
| 5:06 pm on Jan 23, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I'm going purely by memory, Rusty - I'll see if I can research this and come up with a source.
My memory tells me that the index itself may be the same, but the ranking algorithm is different. However, tha may be third party information rather than straight from Google.
| 5:52 pm on Jan 23, 2012 (gmt 0)|
In the GWT "search queries" area there are entirely separate categories for "Mobile" and "Mobile (smartphone)". With entirely separate numbers.
| 2:07 am on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Anyone else seeing such big swings in the results?