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Results in the SERPS are filtered out from time to time
doc_z




msg:4572602
 7:21 am on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

From time to time I'm seeing the following behavior: A result which should appear on the top ten is filtered out. It's neither on the first page nor on one of the following pages. I checked it with 3 different browsers (Chrome logged-in; Explorer logged-out but having a search history; Opera logged-out cookies and history cleaned) with slightly different results but on all SERPS the page is missing.

Now the interesting point: If I change the number of results per page from (default) ten to one hundred the page re-appear. Moreover, if I change it back to 10 results per page it is still in the SERPs. And if I now reload the results on the two other browsers (where I didn't made any changes at all) the page re-appear! (This probably means that the filter based on the IP or geolocation.)

I'm seeing this behavior for months on different computers. The problem/filter appears from time to time but not daily.

Is anyone else seeing the same thing? And is anyone having a better explanation than that this is a bug?

 

lucy24




msg:4572792
 6:20 pm on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Splitting hairs:
is anyone having a better explanation than that this is a bug?

It's not a bug, it's a feature. And you've found a way to override it. Nice :)

doc_z




msg:4572891
 10:26 pm on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

From a normal filter I would expect it doesn't change every few days (I would expect that the filter is applied permanently). But if you're right and it's a feature then they are trying to reduce the search engine traffic without penalize the page.

Leosghost




msg:4572900
 10:45 pm on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

It is indeed a "feature"..been happening for a while..in certain sectors..

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