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site:example.com Gives Only 2 Results

Rest are "omitted results".

   
3:03 pm on Feb 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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recently, on one of my sites when i search for site:example.com i get "results 1-2 of about 300,000", and teh rest are on the "repeat with omitted results" link.

What is it? Does anybody know? Does G thinks that all of the pages on my site are duplicates?
It's pretty much unique content. I searched for similar pages on the web, and found none.
Would appreciate any thought...

[edited by: ciml at 5:42 pm (utc) on Feb. 15, 2005]
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7:35 pm on Feb 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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And how many results do you see after "repeating with omitted results"?

This looks like duplicate content filter - even if your pages _are_ different, too many similiar content like headers, menus, footers sometimes can trigger the filter, which is very sensible right now. It may happen, if the individual text on page is smaller than, I'd guess, 20-30% of total page content. Check the text-only version of the page to look how many individual content they have.

1:02 am on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm having this problem too, with google picking up a small bit of text in the logo banner and using that as it's description in the search results, rather than the actual page content. I guess I have to figure out a way to make the logo banner text appear lower in the html code.
9:44 am on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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wizard: after clicking the "repeating with omitted results" i see all of the 300,000 pages.

no. pages are really different than each other. every page lists a few widgets- in the same layout, but different in the text.
there are no similar pages on the web. i searched via G and Y!. there are, however, mentions of the specific widgets at competitors' sites as well-
but, for some reason, it looks like they dont get the same "only 2 results effect" when I do the site:example.com for competitor.

any idea?

9:58 pm on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't worry about it, are the 300,000 pages ranking okay? I have this on every site I have with over 1000 pages and although it shows only 10-20 pages of huge sites all the pages (well, the majority that can be expected to rank well from such a high number) rank well for their individual content.

My "belief" is that for the actual displayed results the similar content filters are pushed to the max (e.g. anything over 20% similar is penalised for ranking purposes - anything over 5% similar is penalised for display purposes)

Did that make sense?