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9:49 am on Aug 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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When i search www.sitename.com in google search box. result display only content terms, not showing option like catch page, fromthesite, links....

Any body noticed this from today.

5:13 pm on Aug 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well spotted. I only see the old style single result on domains where the domain itself does not appear as content (links or whatever) on any other page.
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System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3067314.htm [webmasterworld.com] by tedster - 1:42 pm on Aug. 31, 2006 (EDT -4)


Ok, so I typed my URL in Google today, just to check for any link updates and such.
But instead of the usuall thing I expected I get this:

Results 1 - 2 of about 6 for [mywebsite.com...]

I tried without the http:// - same thing.
I tried with a different website - still nothing.

So, do we have to type in the commands ourselves now?
Or is this another way google is trying to get us to use the sitemaps?

8:26 pm on Aug 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Might be deliberate.

Matt Cutts commented in one of his video's about how Yahoo direct site: queries into Yahoo explorer now (although they don't on the UK index).

Or maybe it's broken, maybe someone from Google will drop by to confirm.....

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I am not sure if this is related - but on a few data centers our website is finally out of the sandbox ( not the DCs with the link update, though).
The sitemaps for that same website now shows totally different keywords, as well.
I'm thinking an update is coming in the form of lifting sandbox for some websites.
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Major change if this stays like this.
11:58 pm on Aug 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yup .. big differences between these on 72.14.207.104

site:www.mydomain.com
site:http://www.mydomain.com

about 30k more shown for search with http://

and to top it all off my homepage shows without the www (even though it is selected in sitemaps) and it's been rolled back to 8/15/2006 and site maps says it was spidered only a day ago.

Argh .. please someone tell me we don't have to do absolute urls.

12:00 am on Sept 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I still get the "old style" results if I search for a URL that is not an index page or domain root.

I see one entry for that URL, and then the usual links to "cache" and "related", etc, searches.

[edited by: g1smd at 12:08 am (utc) on Sep. 1, 2006]

12:03 am on Sept 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I believe the orginal post is refering to

[google.com...]
not
[google.com...]

The change is previously you would not have seen any results for the first search, only some domain info.

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What we used to see when querying a URL (like www.example.com without quotation marks) is now enabled by querying info:www.example.com
3:08 am on Sept 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You're right, Vampster -- thanks for the reminder. I guess we'll know of this shift is permanent when the information changes on the Advanced Google Search Operators [google.com] page.

Right now that page still says:

The query [info:] will present some information that Google has about that web page. For instance, [info:www.google.com] will show information about the Google homepage. Note there can be no space between the "info:" and the web page url.

This functionality is also accessible by typing the web page url directly into a Google search box.

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I had the switch over last night. Examined other sites in my area and they did also. I don't like it.

Thanks for the tip Vampster.

 

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