Is This Strange Google Site Command Behavior?

Apr 11, 2008 • 7:01 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

I don't think this is exactly related to Google mixing up titles and URLs from yesterday (if you have examples, please comment, so Matt can address them at Google). But over at Search Engine Roundtable Forums, PPCBlogger showed us an example of something I found to be a bit out of the norm for Google.

A search in Google for www.quiltersguild.org.uk/index.php?page=56 returns no results:

Google Strangeness

But when you search for that URL in this syntax, site:www.quiltersguild.org.uk/ 56, it shows the result:

Google Strangeness

Now, typically, if the page is indexed, it should come up for a search on the URL alone. For example, a search on http://forums.seroundtable.com/forumdisplay.php?f=2 returns a result.

Just seems a bit strange to me.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Roundtable Forums.

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Comments:

François Houste

04/11/2008 11:28 am

What about this kind of behaviour : http://www.google.fr/search?hl=fr&q=info%3Awww.emilegarcin.fr&btnG=Rechercher&meta= As, of course, both sites are differents and seperated for a long time... Google contact are unable so far to explain to me what is happening on this site.

Bill Marshall

04/11/2008 02:08 pm

Yes, I've seen this occurring a few times recently and was somewhat baffled by it. I was (semi-seriously) beginning to wonder if I'd found a new way of detecting supplemental pages!

Michael Martinez

04/11/2008 05:04 pm

URL queries don't appear to work for pages in the Supplemental Results Index. Neither do title queries, link queries, intext queries, etc. Of course, if you specify a rare or unique word there is a good chance the supplemental pages will be shown.

PPCblogger

04/11/2008 05:26 pm

I have PR4 pages doing this. Last crawl date was 4 days ago aswell... Maybe it is supplemental, but it doesn't sound like a normal sup index page with those stats.

PPCblogger

04/11/2008 05:26 pm

I have PR4 pages doing this. Last crawl date was 4 days ago aswell... Maybe it is supplemental, but it doesn't sound like a normal sup index page with those stats.

Bill Marshall

04/12/2008 11:24 am

Thanks for confirming that Michael, maybe I should take my intuitions more seriously ;-) Any idea when this started?

lovekills_s

04/14/2008 05:32 am

The similar titles on all the pages is the reason.. google wont let it come up in the index just because there are many other pages similar pages to it. kind of supplemental index thing..

PPCblogger

04/14/2008 11:08 am

I think Michael has hit the nail on the head. I have found and analysed about 15-20 pages now and on the whole 95% of them are low PR with low crawl frequency. So they sound very much supplemental...

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