Google Placing UK Filtered Results in Supplemental Index?

May 1, 2007 • 11:51 am | comments (2) by twitter | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Gabs, a moderator at Search Engine Roundtable Forums, discovered an interesting way of determining how to find supplemental results on .co.uk domains.

According to his blog post, if you click on "Search for Pages from the UK," you will see the Supplemental Results only. If you click on the "Search the Web" radio button, you will see all regular non-Supplemental results:

Ok so you have a .co.uk and your using the site command to check the number of indexed page but by mistake you have the “pages from the uk” selected.. Bammm.. Only sup’s are returned..

The problem is that google.co.uk is pretty much filtering out the UK results into the supplemental index.

I was able to reproduce this instance with one of the leading e-commerce sites in the UK. In the first screenshot, there are 7.1 million results that are not in the supplemental index:

site:amazon.co.uk - Regular Results

But in this second result, where only pages in the UK are being searched, there are over 44 million results. Notice how all of them are tagged as a supplemental result.

site:amazon.co.uk - Supplemental Results

This is indeed a nice find, but I don't think google.co.uk was meant to work this way. It would be neat if we can have a tool that does this more easily though, so for now, this will suffice for UK folks.

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Comments:

John Wirral

05/02/2007 03:28 am

There was a discussion about Google UK results back in January (peculiar differences between "the web" and "pages from the UK" searches resulting from Google doing something badly wrong), which Matt Cutts said he was looking into. But he hasn't reported back and nothing has changed. http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/infrastructure-status-january-2007

David Eaves

05/02/2007 08:59 am

There is a command you can use to find supplmental results for any site, see here: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site%3Awww.amazon.co.uk+****+-asdfasdf&btnG=Search Do a normal site command then ad a space and then **** -asdfasdf and it will briing up all of the supplmental results for any site. Obviously a bit of a mess up with the UK only thing.

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