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1:01 am on Sep 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It says displaying 1-2 of about 103, but when I click omitted results, I only see three. All other pages don't show, yet when I search for them in google, I can find them. Anyone else having a site: problem?
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yep, site:domain.com of mine showing 400 russian computer seller pages, instead of my own.
1:24 am on Sept 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We've got another thread talking about other domains in your site: results. I think that's a side effect of some spamming technique or other. You can find tht discussion here: [webmasterworld.com...]

What Soze is describing seems to be a different issue - finding only 2 or 3 urls, even though the count shown is a lot higher, and you've clicked on omitted results. I started noticing this on one domain last week. It's smll brochure site that I did for a friend, and it was always well indexed. But right now...phhhtt.

The number of URLs ws alwys and estimate -- because of the wy spidered content is sharded across the server farm at a big search engine, this is apparently unavoidable. But being this far off is just strange.

Soze, here are some experiments you can try:

1. If you search on unique phrases, can you see other urls in the regular results that are NOT reported in your site: results?

2. What do you see on this search -- [site:example.com example.com]

3. And how about [site:example.com **]

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site:example.com anykeyword shows random pages. I used a keyword I know was on many pages, but it only listed a couple random ones.

site:example.com ** showed two random pages.

I see no correlation between these

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I'm showing that site: command is only showing supplimental results for most all websites, not just mine. Also, showing huge numbers and only a few results. Looks like another G error.
I wouldn't worry about site: results till they resolve the issue.
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Wow, you know things are screwed up when you see this:

"Web Results 1 - 1 of about 3,840 from www.ebay.com"
Then only shows the homepage.

After hitting the "repeat the search with the omitted results included" bar, its shows all supplimental except the homepage.

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Tedster, I'm getting the same wierd results with a site: search that soze reported. using *keyword* site:www.domain shows a slew of wierd pages along with my true pages.

It worries me, but traffic doesn't seem affected by this. I'm guessing that "normal" searches by keyword are returning my pages just as before this issue arose.

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I'm seeing the same results on 64.233.167.147 as well.

Gotta admit .. it made me grin to see only one result from ebay and a few other big sites though.

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Soze -- what do you mean by "random pages"? Are these pages not on your domain at all, but instead from another domain? If so, then this thread is discussing pretty much the same thing as the other thread. Or did you mean just a random assortment of urls from your domain, with no obvious pattern?
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Random pages from my domans.
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>> It says displaying 1-2 of about 103, but when I click omitted results, I only see three. <<

I see that a lot when old Supplemental Results are being cleaned up. What happens is that first the unwanted pages are removed from the listings, and then a day or so later the counts correct themselves to the lower number (1 to 3 of 3).

See what happens over the next few days.

12:39 pm on Sept 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am seeing the same on all my sites across the board. One site is showing 4 pages out of 105... mmm...
1:17 pm on Sept 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yep, same here, definetely broken...
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System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3100745.htm [webmasterworld.com] by tedster - 3:42 pm on Sep. 28, 2006 (EDT -4)


Has anybody noticed that Google's site search is only listing a few pages now?

i.e. Search for "site:www.domain.com" -- only three results come up for a few of my sites, while my largest site shows 51 results.

Google says it is showing 1-50 of about 3,500 for my largest site, yet it only lists 51 pages. The page counts on my other sites are pretty accurate as well, but only a few pages show up for the site search.

Anyone know what's going on?

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I wish I did. This seems to be a spreading phenomenon, but at the same time other sites that were way under-reported in the site: search now seem to show a reasonable number of urls.

The only observation I have to offer is that just because a whole bunch of urls vanished from the site: results doesn't seem to keep those urls out of regular search results, at least in the cases I have seen so far. Maybe it's just a temporary result of some data shuffling? We can hope!

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Is there a "click for omitted results" link at the very end of the SERP; or is that it, no way to get to any more results at all?

There are two effects that can happen. One has the link, and the other does not.

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The examples I've been banging into this week either have no "Omitted Results" link, or if they do I still end up with 12 urls out of thousands reported in the count.
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System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3109542.htm [webmasterworld.com] by tedster - 10:37 am on Oct. 5, 2006 (EDT -4)


I was shocked to see barely 2 % of my web site's pages showing up with the site:domain.com command. When I checked it was similar for many authority web sites, including about.com. What's happening?
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Didn't notice this at all until yesterday. Ummm... is it all browsers, or just IE?

I actually started to wonder if site: was being obfuscated for people running IE with advanced features and the Toolbar PR bar but naaahh... they wouldn't do that. ;-)

3:05 pm on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Same here

I've noticed that if i do a
site:mydomain.com/folder/

it always shows 1 -3 out of abc

It always says 3 files - no matter how big the folder is.

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I get the same results with Firefox and IE7; I think it's some of the DCs, because occasionally I get a DC where everything looks okay. I suspect it's just a broken site command. I'm seeing things like 9 pages out of 78, and 3 pages out of 64, etc. No filter links or any way of getting any more results, but if I search for something on a specific page that doesn't show, it will come up.
12:16 am on Oct 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes, something is broken, and this has been going on for a couple of days:

[webmasterworld.com...]

[webmasterworld.com...]

with the first isolated hints of problems to come, posted more than two weeks ago now...

10:54 am on Oct 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The site command is working again.

Many of the my pages which had the duplicate META tags cleaned up recently are now being indexed again.

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i notice that when looking at sites using the site: command it lists shead loads of supplemental pages after the first few - im seeing this on a lot of sites (a number of authority ones)

It looks like they do have a serious problem with this new infastructure because it isnt working correctly. Google is in a mess currently imo.

Whilst they like to give the impression that they are in a mess when they arnt to confuse webmasters i genuinely think that this time they do have problems.

When basic functionality isnt working correctly, sites are missing, page rank updates dont perform as they should, something is seriously not right

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First proper post so be gentle with me. I have been hanging around here for a few weeks getting a feel for it before posting.

I have been watching Google for a while (co.uk & .com) and it seems that the site: command has been behaving very differently during day / night
I have a six month old UK site that will show 200+ pages during the day and 2000+ during the evenings and weekends. Sometimes the large index hangs around longer but this has been going on for weeks. It seems that every time it changes it adds 10% or so pages.
Today the site: command is only displaying a few pages but is reporting about 240, there is no link to show all results.
This has not had any effect on my serps though and I'm sure it has all the pages in the index but is choosing not to show them. I do wonder whether the big G has decided to make this command as useful to SEO as the link: command has become.

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Same thing for me and the problem is that I'm trying to get some backlinks for my new website. Other webmasters can say my pages aren't indexed, the problem is that they are ......
 

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