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As GoogleGuide website says "Google may change how undocumented operators work or may eliminate them completely." The results are often not what we think, and their support is apparently a low priority for Google.
[edited by: tedster at 4:09 am (utc) on Dec. 25, 2007]
What I have found is that if the top search results doesn't have the (bolded) search term in their title or snippet, I don't even click on those results anymore, because they usually are the ones with the "These terms only appear in links pointing to this page:"
So I scroll down to the entries below the top results and look for decent titles and snippets.
I don't know how many times I have clicked on the top results, scanned the page, not found the search term, then had to click the back button, to click the cache so it would highlight the search term I was looking for, to find out it was in links pointing to that page.
Not sure what you mean by that last part? I prefer sites that have a minimal GUI and maximize their content area. For example a single relatively slim sidebar and a compacted menu. Of course we usually get the opposite: content's text is font-size -5px and everything on the sidebar is sized to do battle with header-one...which due to high standards of coding is mysteriously missing! ;)
I don't know how many times I have clicked on the top results, scanned the page, not found the search term, then had to click the back button, to click the cache so it would highlight the search term I was looking for, to find out it was in links pointing to that page
I agree w/ the above; it's a sure sign how much emphasis Gbot puts on the anchor text.
I'm no expert, but since PR is such a prominent factor in Gbot's algorithm, I don't think there's any real "fix" Google could implement, save a closer examination of just how relative the referring site is to the target.
I do know, however (from speech recognition contacts) Google is working very hard on improving it's extended natural language searches, and that folks at Google see some rather advanced AI evolving from this that will allow Gbot to "take a bigger snapshot" of websites, examining them from a more comprehensive standpoint, if you will, that may help a lot with non-related website's links..