helpnow - 6:48 pm on Apr 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
When I use site: on subdirectories, I am more likely to get a number that makes sense, say 100,000 indexed pages. Sometimes, a subdirectory site: will screw up, and come back with, say, 145, or so. I would say a subdirectory site: result is correct about 70% of the time.
However, site: on the top level domain is really screwed up, and rarely gives back a result that makes sense. Clearly site: should be close to the sum of the site: for all the subdirectories. As mentioned above, on a couple of my subdirectories, I get counts greater than 100,000, which is close to reality. On site: main domain, I have been getting counts of around 4000 lately.
Curiously, though, for one whole day last week, Thursday I think it was, site: for my main domain worked! It was around 400,000! This is the first time in about 6 months that I have had that count.
Alas, site: main domain is now working as always, reporting around 5000 results.
So, for me, site: is a waste of time, and has been for months. I watch it because... well, I don't know, out of habit I guess. Or maybe I watch it as a simply harbinger of when gorg may have themselves finally sorted out.
I did find it curious though that for 1 day last week for the first time in months and months, it worked OK.