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Google tweaks the "site:" operator results - it's a bug!

     
11:55 am on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I was wondering how many people have noticed the way "site:" is showing only 3 pages, burying everything else under "similar pages".

To me this coincided with the latest Penguin update, but don't know if it was meant to or if it's a new feature.

Is this yet another way for Google to force webmasters to sign with the WMT or is there something more to it?
12:48 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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No, it's a bug. Supposedly will be fixed.

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Bummer, this comes along with Penguin, hard to figure out if ranking movement is because of domain crowding tweaks or Penguin effect...
1:15 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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So this means that that the new domain clustering that Matt Cutts mentioned [webmasterworld.com] is now live, but buggy. I guess we'll need to "watch this space".
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Saw the title...

Did a quick "site" search on Google...

Shocked to see 30 results.

Came back to this thread and saw the second post.

Relieved...
11:30 am on May 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I think it means the domain clustering is not buggy but how it impacted the site command was a side effect and Google has to adjust for site: commands.
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Thanks, rustybrick, that makes sense to me.

I just checked site:webmasterworld.com and we get 10 pages, not 3. However other sites I checked (including Amazon) still have 3.
10:21 am on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

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hm another thing could it be another attack on seo, like scrambling visits from google search in the stats, be cause I thing this "bug" takes a little to long to solve.
11:10 am on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yes, bug still not fixed. Perhaps it's a bug like the link: is buggy - i.e. deliberate. Maybe they're culling their index and we can't see that because the site: command is broken?
2:08 pm on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Maybe they're culling their index and we can't see that because the site: command is broken?

All the site: data is still available if you click on the link at the end of the site: operator results that says "If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included."
 

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