Is Google Crippling The Site: Command?

Apr 26, 2010 • 9:01 am | comments (6) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Tedster posted a thread at WebmasterWorld asking if Google is intentionally crippling the site: command. The site command basically let's you filter the Google search results to a single site, and is often used by SEOs and Webmasters to see how many pages Google has in their index.

In fact, we know Google has time and time again told us to ignore the site command. We also know that most SEOs now use Google Webmaster Tools to check the number of pages Google has indexed of their site, but still many use the site command.

Tedster said:

But these newly uninformative site: results have now been with us for many months and in the last few weeks the distortion seems to be intensifying. It is heartening that Webmaster Tools reports higher numbers in many cases - but does this mean Google won't be showing accurate numbers to anyone but those verified as responsible for the website?

Do you think this is Caffeine? Do you think Google just doesn't want to put resources towards this command? Do you think Google wants the site command do die?

Honestly, I am not sure - I just can't see Google killing the site command, it is too useful for site specific filter searching.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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