I'm having a bit of an issue. I'm trying to get a handle on how many of our web pages Google has indexed. I'm using the 'site:domain.com' command to do this. I'm using a collection of queries to get a more accurate page index count, rather than just one generic query that is inaccurate.
But what I've found is that when I use 'site:*.mydomain.com' versus 'site:mydomain.com', the non-wildcard query returns a drastically larger page count (800,000+) than the wildcard search (60,000). Based on our internal figures, the wildcard query is more accurate.
My question though is, why does the non-wildcard query yield a much higher page count in the search results.
[edited by: caveman at 11:24 pm (utc) on Oct. 21, 2008]
[edit reason] Removed commercial mention per TOS [/edit]