Checking a Site's Supplemental Results in Google

Sep 14, 2006 • 10:53 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

You ever want a way to determine the number of supplemental results a particular site may have? In the past, you did a site command and sifted through the available pages to get an idea on that number. Now, Google appears to allow you to see those results by entering in the syntax [ ***].

So for example, this site has 806 supplemental pages in the Google Supplemental index. How do I know? I search at Google on ***.

But what about check each and every Google data center for supplemental results? There is a tool at that goes through each data center at Google, plugs in this operator and returns the number of supplemental results.

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09/14/2006 04:45 pm

Results 1 - 10 of about 5,410 :D


09/14/2006 04:47 pm

ooo and another site has Results 1 - 10 of about 8,900.. ouch thanks good 10.5k in the index..

Cindy T.

09/14/2006 08:26 pm

Thanks for posting this Barry. I have been trying to figure out how to sift through 98000 pages to find the supps and now I can! Thank you Google and thank you Martin Preece for noticing Barry's blog entry.

Michael Martinez

09/14/2006 11:19 pm

Maybe I should say nothing, but the search does not provide accurate data. Nice try at an innovative technique, though.

Name Here

09/15/2006 09:42 am

Its like every website has supplement results. But the major thing is that how to out from these supplement results. and Why these are supplements? Thanks, E Consultants India New Delhi, India

Michael Martinez

09/15/2006 03:14 pm

Based on Matt Cutts' comments on his own blog, it seems that pages go into the Supplemental Index for lack of trusted links. Since most people don't bother to get deep links, a lot of their secondary pages go Supplemental. However, if you have good internal linking and get trusted links to the home page, you should be able to lift the secondary pages out of the Supplemental Index. At least, that appears to be working on some new sites I've gotten indexed over the past couple of weeks, where the pattern is get indexed, home page changes to main index, secondary pages follow home page into main index.


09/15/2006 03:14 pm

sups = not good enough to be in the main index.. Or not good enough on the data google has for this index..

Ryan W

01/05/2007 04:35 pm

Supplemental results are also a warning about duplicate content on your site. The best way to get your site's pages out of supplemental results is to make sure that every page on your site has unique content and provides excellent and relevant information, has a unique title and a unique meta description. Also make sure that every page of content has only one URL that can access it.


03/25/2007 04:20 pm

My site has recently been placed in the Supplementals - I have used various tools and read the advice here but I fail to see what the issue is - it may be obvious but I am getting nowhere fast - anyone see the problem? I wil be very grateful if anyone can crack this mystery for me :-(

Amit Agrawal

05/29/2007 03:56 pm

HI, For my site it shows more then 375 supplemental results. While I doubt if I have more then 100 pages!!!


12/26/2007 03:53 am

I am using Joomla and SEF plugins to run my website, and I have not some duplicate contents inside my website. But when I checked my SR with type***, I got 370 SR result, I still confuse because my Google Index 376. Hot to reduce it?

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