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Death of the supplemental index (/*) site: operator?



3:11 am on Jun 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Just wanted to find out if folks are still using the site: operator extension that allegedly reveals the *true* number of pages indexed - e.g. does not count pages in the supplemental index.

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?


3:28 am on Jun 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

One thing I've noticed along this line - you know the way the regular site: operator results will tell you "about 1,200 pages" - but then you click through and only get about 400? The actual clickthrough number is pretty darned close to the /* number.

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.


6:08 am on Jun 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member steveb is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Instead of http://www.google.com/search?q=site:www.example.com+-site:www.example.com/*

Try http://www.google.com/search?q=site:www.example.com/dir1/+-site:www.example.com/*

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]


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