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Drastic differences when not using wildcard



10:55 pm on Oct 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi All!

I'm having a bit of an issue. I'm trying to get a handle on how many of our web pages Google has indexed. I'm using the 'site:domain.com' command to do this. I'm using a collection of queries to get a more accurate page index count, rather than just one generic query that is inaccurate.

But what I've found is that when I use 'site:*.mydomain.com' versus 'site:mydomain.com', the non-wildcard query returns a drastically larger page count (800,000+) than the wildcard search (60,000). Based on our internal figures, the wildcard query is more accurate.

My question though is, why does the non-wildcard query yield a much higher page count in the search results.

Any thoughts?

[edited by: caveman at 11:24 pm (utc) on Oct. 21, 2008]
[edit reason] Removed commercial mention per TOS [/edit]


7:57 am on Oct 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Are you sure it gives all the results about your site only,

I tried it with some of my sites and the results contained links from other sites while using the non-wildcard query.


8:17 am on Oct 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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How does it compare with what you get if you use


[edited by: Marcia at 8:19 am (utc) on Oct. 27, 2008]


6:17 pm on Oct 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Aha! Figured it out.

The difference is that the non-wildcard query (site:domain.com) will also return results for URLs without a subdomain (domainXYZ.com/filename...). For example...the non wildcard query returned results for "domainXYZ.com/articles.php" "domainsXYZ.com/directorylist.php" as well as "www.domainXYZ.com/articles.php" "www.domainsXYZ.com/directorylist.php".

The wild card query will only return results with a subdomain in the URL.

The reason the number of pages are huge is b/c it will return duplicates (www & non-www version) and other subdomains.


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