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Google tweaks the "site:" operator results - it's a bug!
atlrus




msg:4576948
 11:55 am on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

I was wondering how many people have noticed the way "site:" is showing only 3 pages, burying everything else under "similar pages".

To me this coincided with the latest Penguin update, but don't know if it was meant to or if it's a new feature.

Is this yet another way for Google to force webmasters to sign with the WMT or is there something more to it?

 

netmeg




msg:4576974
 12:48 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

No, it's a bug. Supposedly will be fixed.

[searchengineland.com...]

atlrus




msg:4576987
 1:04 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Bummer, this comes along with Penguin, hard to figure out if ranking movement is because of domain crowding tweaks or Penguin effect...

tedster




msg:4576991
 1:15 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

So this means that that the new domain clustering that Matt Cutts mentioned [webmasterworld.com] is now live, but buggy. I guess we'll need to "watch this space".

sid786




msg:4577076
 3:57 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Saw the title...

Did a quick "site" search on Google...

Shocked to see 30 results.

Came back to this thread and saw the second post.

Relieved...

rustybrick




msg:4577344
 11:30 am on May 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

I think it means the domain clustering is not buggy but how it impacted the site command was a side effect and Google has to adjust for site: commands.

tedster




msg:4577355
 11:57 am on May 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thanks, rustybrick, that makes sense to me.

I just checked site:webmasterworld.com and we get 10 pages, not 3. However other sites I checked (including Amazon) still have 3.

zeus




msg:4578150
 10:21 am on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

hm another thing could it be another attack on seo, like scrambling visits from google search in the stats, be cause I thing this "bug" takes a little to long to solve.

ColourOfSpring




msg:4578173
 11:10 am on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yes, bug still not fixed. Perhaps it's a bug like the link: is buggy - i.e. deliberate. Maybe they're culling their index and we can't see that because the site: command is broken?

tedster




msg:4578214
 2:08 pm on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Maybe they're culling their index and we can't see that because the site: command is broken?

All the site: data is still available if you click on the link at the end of the site: operator results that says "If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included."

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