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Google site: command - does this approach remove all Supplementals?

   
10:54 am on Jul 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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When I search with the site command for example

site:www.example.com/

I get different results than for

site:www.example.com/*

It looks to me that all the supplemental results are gone when you search with the star sign at the end. Could someone verify that?

8:09 pm on Jul 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Looks like it does -- no supplementals for me and the total number of pages goes down, too. But the site: command has been so flakey that I wonder what these many hack-type site: queries I read about actually return.

Still, thanks for the tip. It's an interesting new toy to play with.

11:20 pm on Jul 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I like that tip. It seems to do what you say, at least for the moment.

There may be other, as yet un-noticed, side effects though.

2:00 am on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I apologize for my poor manners - this deserves a very hearty.....

Welcome to the forum metaman01!

That was an excellent first post.

4:30 am on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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site:www.sitename.com *** -sa

Only supplemental results.

8:09 pm on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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So it does!
8:21 pm on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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does it?

It does give different pages, but there is no indicaton on my site that they are sup pages.

8:27 pm on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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One challenge that I have with these undocumented operator queries is this:

The supplementals-only query above gives me urls that also show in the regular search results without a supplemental tag. They even have the same cache date in both incarnations. In fact, some other site: operator queries also show the same url/cache date without the supplemental tag.

So what action can I sanely take on this basis? My concern is that these queries are tricking the site: operator into a worse-than-usual level of accuracy by asking them to perform outside the way they were designed.

9:37 am on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't know whether this has been mentioned before.

The following site: operator "version" shows results without supplementals

site:www.example.*

(*) instead of tld code

11:27 am on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks metaman01,this is really helpful. :)
7:39 pm on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Some URLs will always show up as Supplemental for some search queries and as normal for others.

This is completely normal. The Supplemental results are usually for words from an earlier version of the page.

See [webmasterworld.com...] and related threads.

6:28 am on Jul 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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When i use site:mysitename.com/ I get 140000 results and when I use site:mysitename.com/* i get only 600 results.

What does that mean? is there anything wrong with my site?

12:18 pm on Jul 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the big welcome tedster. I've been lurking this forum for a while and now it feels great to be out of the closet :-)