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So, in theory at least, the following operator will exclude all the pages of a site in Google's supplemental index: site:www.example.com/* (note the "/*" trailing the url).
I've seen some pretty steep drops recently for a couple of sites, while the regular "site:" operator has returned stable results. Wondering if its something I should be concerned with and interested to hears others opinions on this.
Is this advanced operator still supported/working? anyone still using it as part of their SEO metrics/reporting?
Still, I'm not sure what practical use this kind of analysis has these days. For starters, the old supplemental is not what it used to be - not at all.
What we do know is that not every indexed url gets total attention from Google. Only some urls are given the full treatment, and others are returned rarely in search results, whatever kind of database partition (probably many partitions) they are kept in. For example, some apparently indexed urls are not returned for searches on exact text strings found on the page.
As a sign of overall domain health, I prefer noticing which urls Google chooses to export to AOL Search. That number tends to be even lower than the /* hack returns, but it is a pretty clear signal about which urls in a domain are getting the full monty.
Do the search via each individual directory of your domain.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:49 am (utc) on June 22, 2009]
[edit reason] delinked urls [/edit]