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Broken results count in Bing SERPs.

     
8:59 am on Aug 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Headings as shown at top of page:

page 2 shows results 11-20
3 - 23-32
4 - 35-44
5 - 47-56
6 - 59-68
7 - 71-80
8 - 83-92
9 - 95-104
10 - 107-116
11 - 119-128
12 - 131-140
13 - 143-152
14 - 155-164
15 - 167-175

How's that work?
12:43 pm on Aug 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I don't care about Bing, it's useless for us,even after submitting 10 links and updating sitemap on daily basis, number of index pages either remain 7 or 10 or get decreased.
1:02 pm on Aug 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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apparently the new guy got that assignment...
6:30 pm on Aug 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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My page 2 is
9-23
... except then I went back to look more closely at page 1, counted 15 items, and now page 2 says
16-30
31-45
(this time I counted before turning pages; there really were 15)
46-60
et cetera.

Different search
(first page: 8 results)
9-23
24-38
39-53

That's all it is. On my first go-round, page 1 shows eight results, and each successive page is 15. If I go back to page 1 from a higher page, it shows a full 15 and then everything comes out even.

Search #3 again gets me
9-23
24-38
etc except this time I could swear I counted ten results on the first page, and when I go back it's 17. But still 16-30 etc on subsequent pages. There must have been two things that look like separate results but really belong with an adjoining entry. Dang, we need that "noidea" emoticon right about here.

At the top right of your search results page, click Advanced to open the advanced search box.

Uhm, I don't see an "Advanced". Do you have to be signed in?

Did finally find Preferences (the gear thingy). The "number of results to display" option is set to Auto. 15 is an option but 12 isn't.

Hmmmmmm.
1:32 pm on Sept 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I have seen this for about a month now.

Sometimes there are only 7 results returned on the first page, but when I hit "refresh" - they become 13. If I don't refresh the page, the second page of the results starts from #11, effectively not showing results 8, 9 and 10 at all.

Not really sure what's the point of this, but it appears that if your website ranks #8, #9 or #10 - it won't show sometimes at all for that particular search.
4:27 pm on Sept 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Purely speculative, they're measuring clickthrough & engagement for similarly ranked results...
4:56 pm on Sept 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I think there are too many things going on all at once to be a very effective test, my guess is that their method of inserting(or removing) a site manually is inadvertently changing the results, numbering etc.
7:15 pm on Sept 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@g1smd - Hey, it's not a search engine. It's a decision engine. And the decision engine apparently just decided not to include results 21 and 22 in your results.

More seriously, can you tell whether results are missing or the numbering is just wrong?

In my case, I get the "news" listings at the top for a search and then 14 items, then page 2 is items 9-20, which is correct in terms of numbering, but not so correct in terms of showing me the same stuff twice.

It's an interesting idea though - assuming people only look at the top listings and then go to page 2, it now puts the below the fold listings for page 1 at the top of page 2, which is not really such a bad idea perhaps.

At the very least, it should give them some really good data.
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If you set your prefs >> web search >> number of results to show some number-- any number, just not the default "auto"-- it behaves itself reasonably well. Clearly the "auto" concept is a little too challenging for bing's current software. In particular, it has trouble deciding whether the bing definition of a word should count as one of your 10, 15 or whatever number it is.
5:25 pm on Sept 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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"Hey, it's not a search engine. It's a decision engine." - Bravo
8:08 pm on Sept 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I see the WebmasterWorld forums are experimenting with the same software... :)
11:47 am on Sept 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Bing has become a mess, a complete one! They should stop testing all this social signal and other junk and go back to a keeping it simple stupid ALGO.
12:54 am on Sept 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Interesting how Bing is going in an opposite direction of Google. While Google shows 7 results or less on some queries, Bing is going for more. It should be interesting to see how this strategy works for them. More results, providing they are relevant, will always be a plus for the end users.
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Bing doesn't always default to more. Sometimes I get 8 results on the first page, refresh the page and see 12. What's really annoying though is they have a tendency to blackhole certain positions...what I mean by that is an organic site might rank #6 but sometimes their goofy geofilter puts in an irrelevant result into that #6 slot and instead of the organic site moving to #7 it just disappears from the top 100.