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Why would the results be in a different order according to the page size? The 100 results/page makes sense since pages from within the same website are grouped together, however listing them separately (and not even close together) makes you see the same website several times at different positions. What is the logic of that?
Also, when a webmaster wants to know their website position, they have to check it at different page sizes.
I wonder how many people (ordinary people -- not webmasters!) ever change their results per page from the default of 10? I would guess less than 20%, maybe even less than 10%. So, from that perspective, it may not be worth worrying too much about discrepancies in the results caused by varying the page size.
I agree, however the problem is that the duplicate results appear using the default 10 results/page, and pushes the other websites down. If you are the lucky one to be listed more than once, great, otherwise duplicate results are pushing you down the list.
If you show 10 results, the next PAGE can show the same website again.
When you show 100 results, the same website will only appear once on the results PAGE. So a website that originally appeared in positions 5/6 and 17/18, will now have their second result pushed back when you change to 100 results per page, so that they may now get the result 5/6 and 100/101.
That is how it used to work!
Each website appears once (together - one listing, plus one indented listing) per PAGE of display
That is not the behavior that is displayed. At 10 results/page, each website appears once together with the indented listing (which is just another page of the same website) as you correctly indicated. However, at 100 results/page each website appears once, however not always together with the indented listing.
Sometimes the indented listing (the one that was indented at 10 results/page) appears several positions lower as a completely separate (non-indented) result. As a result, the position of a particular website (counting each result, indented or not, as a single result, which is how Google does it) can be #17 at 10 results/page and #25 at 100 results/page. This behavior only happens when there are indented results.
When you show 100 results, the same website will only appear once on the results PAGE
That is not correct. Maybe you are confusing “website” with “webpage”. At 100 results/page, the website that appeared on one page together with its indented extra webpage, often (but not always) appears as two separate, non-indented, not-together, not even in succession, results.
Here is an imaginary example. At 10 results/page you may see on one page:
Then at 100 results/page you may see one page:
So now you are seeing the same website twice on a page.
So a website that originally appeared in positions 5/6 and 17/18
I’ve never seen a website listed twice with indented results as two separate results even on different pages. Are you sure this is possible?
will now have their second result pushed back when you change to 100 results per page, so that they may now get the result 5/6 and 100/101
But then you would have the same website listed on result 5/6 and 100 on the same page. Wouldn’t it have to be 101/102 instead?