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allinurl: vs site:

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7:06 pm on Dec 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Can someone tell me the difference in the numbers reported when searching:


The allinurl finds 346 pages and site finds 532.

If this has been asked/answered before can you give the link?

Doug Wilkinson

2:21 pm on Dec 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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When you do allinurl:yoursite search you might also bump into some other domain sites (directories or some sort for instance) that have the name of your site in their URLs.

Like with my site, some directories where I am listed state the name of my site in description pages for my listings like [somedirectory.com...]
This is also treated as a mentioning of my site in the url.

Whereas site: search shows only urls within your domain
Normally the query string that I use to check how many urls are in the google index will be:

site:www.somesite.com somesite

5:35 am on Dec 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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That would explain allinurl: returning more results, but in this case as stated about it seems that site: returns more results!

It's probably just that both queries go through different filters, and as we no, nothing is "ideal" so the filters just return results.


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