Google Hiding Search Result Pages: Removes Pagination

Sep 29, 2010 • 8:10 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

There are several reports from users that Google has removed the page 2 and so on from the bottom of the Google search results. That is right, Google, for some users, has removed the option to go to a second page of results and the pagination is all gone.

Here is a picture of what some searchers are missing:

Google Page Bar

We have reports of this at Google Blogoscoped Forums, WebmasterWorld & Google Web Search Help.

Some are asking if this is a feature or a bug. I am personally not sure. One person said it only is an issue on IE when going directly to Google.com:

If I search from the toolbar, I still get pagination, but searching directly on google.com gives me related searches but no further pages.

I only see this in IE, using Firefox the pagination links are just there.

I personally cannot replicate it but it is an issue for a nice number of people.

Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums, WebmasterWorld & Google Web Search Help.

Update: Google told me this is not a feature, but rather a bug. A Google spokesperson said:

This is a bug affecting a small number of users. We will work to resolve it as soon as we can.

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Comments:

Tiago

09/29/2010 05:50 pm

i am seeing in google.co.uk in google chrome and all the ads are on the bottom what is great! there is no pagination, and just 3 ads in the bottom!

chandan

09/29/2010 06:43 pm

cant seen any such problem here in FF 3.0

Joni

09/30/2010 06:50 am

Interesting stuff... the Finnish Google site works like before. It is true that I personally rarely go to pages 2+. If I don't find what I'm looking for, I usually refine the query. Not sure about ad placement, though -- if it'll work in the bottom or not. There's a small glitch in Google's way of altering search page layout. Like the recent change, it just came and gave no option to go back -- many people were asking for a simple toggle button to hide the new sidebar but Google didn't seem to care. This and the Youtube layout change (which I personally hates, e.g. starts are better for rating than dichotomy of yes and no) make me wonder why Google is not listening to its users.

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