Google Bug Hiding Search Results For Pfizer MRNA Queries

May 26, 2021 • 8:11 am | comments (4) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Pfizer Covid Shot

If you search for [pfizer mrna] or [pfizer mrna vaccine] on Google Search on your desktop, you won't see any free organic listings. At least I cannot and many others cannot see any results. I do see them on mobile but only after I click on the "more results" button, but that button is not available on desktop.

Instead, to see results on desktop, you have to click to page two of the results because page one has no results or any information at all.

Here is what I see:

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Page two has results, if you click on the number two but if you click back to page one, you see nothing.

Here is what it looks like on mobile:

Google Mobile Search Results Pfizer Mrna

I suspect (I WAS WRONG) Google has tried to implement the zero search results feature and it really should only be on mobile, not desktop - so this whole thing is a bug. The mobile results seem to be handles fine but something went wrong with the desktop version, where likely, Google wants to show results but there is a bug not showing any results on page one.

Google told me I was wrong, it has nothing to do with the "condensed view," which I was calling "zero results." Danny Sullivan from Google said:

So the screenshot above of the mobile result is not the "condensed view" but rather Google showing no results due to a rendering bug and thus showing the question hub box to send that to publishers. Interesting...

It turns out it was a serving bug:

Hat tip to Roger from WEBenz for sending this to me.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Update: Google is aware of the bug:

Update 2: This might be a rendering bug:

Update 3: This was a serving bug and is resolved.

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