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In WMT I see 950 URLs listed for one site. The site: search lists between 260 to 320 depending on the day.
It certainly doesn't give much away like it used to. The website is a bit more than six months old.
While there were always some oddities in the site: results, the current situation is quite frustrating to many webmasters. Some who depend on the site: operator to understand how deeply Google is indexing their site are becoming concerned that they now have some kind of penalty, or at least a technical problem with their website or server.
Is this change is an artifact of the new Caffeine infrastructure? That is, will the site: results eventually become more accurate again? Or is this a new and intentional situation, a limit on the site: operator something like Google has always done with the link: operator.
In past years it often happened that Google would make back end changes to upgrade their core search results and various special operator reports would be disrupted for a short period. So, I currently lean toward the idea of an unintented Caffeine side effect.
But these newly uninformative site: results have now been with us for many months and in the last few weeks the distortion seems to be intensifying. It is heartening that Webmaster Tools reports higher numbers in many cases - but does this mean Google won't be showing accurate numbers to anyone but those verified as responsible for the website?
The site: operator seems intended to be used in combination with a keyword - and sometimes that does seems to improve the results. For example, one site I've been working with for fourteen years currentl shows:
site:example.com - 329 results
site:example.com keyword - 816 results
In the absence of any official word from Google, we can only guess what's happening. I'm hoping that it's a temporary disruption, but I wonder how others see this.
, and all were internally linking to the
. At that time there was no canonical
301 redirect in place.
and a canonical
301 redirect was added at the same time.
pages of the site were indexed,
was not indexed,
root was indexed,
- 420~ results (all URLs listed are www)
- 420~ www results
- 850~900 non-www results (most without cache link).
URLs every day (but mostly www). Internal link reports show a large number of
links and the number growing quite fast, and a much smaller number of
links with the number shrinking slowly.
internal links now listed by Google is much higher than the highest number ever listed for
" site search returns ~900 results, the
WMT report lists less than 400 internal links concerning 350
URLs. So, Google 'knows' that the
URLs don't link out to anywhere (because they are now redirects) and knows that the URLs redirect, yet has three times more
URLs showing in a
URLs which do return content.
site: search lists less than a quarter of the number of URLs listed in the "internal links" WMT report.
search can be higher than WMT in that case; and that not everything listed in WMT will always appear in a
search and so the numbers can be lower than WMT in that case.
to the end of the google.com search URL, and see where it gets you.
is a quick way to force 100 results per page.
I use "site:domain.tld" to get page totals
kept you away from the crap