Google Posts On Search Operators Limitations Including Google's Retrieval Limits

Jul 22, 2021 - 7:11 am 0 by

Google Search Operators

Gary Illyes and Lizzi Harvey published a new Google Search developer help document on an overview of of Google search operators. This document differs from the existing one in that it is more focused on what SEOs should be aware of in regards to these search operator limitations.

Here is the announcement tweets on this new document:

Now, at the top of this new document, it mentions "Because search operators are bound by indexing and retrieval limits, the URL Inspection tool in Search Console is more reliable for debugging purposes."

What is an example of "indexing and retrieval limits"? Well, an example came up on Twitter where Gary explained "unfortunately all search operators are heavily affected by our systems' retrieval limits." Gary added that this is less visible on large sites than smaller sites.

Here is the example operator:

Google does want to add more details to this page, so they said use the submit feedback button to suggest edits or how you as SEOs use these operators.

Here is a screenshot of the page today so we have it:

click for full size

Forum discussion at Twitter.


Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community


Search Video Recaps

Google Core Update Volatility, Helpful Content Update Gone, Dangerous Search Results & Ads Confusion - YouTube
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Google Updates

Weekend Google Core Ranking Volatility Taxing Site Owners

Apr 14, 2024 - 8:15 am
Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: April 12, 2024

Apr 12, 2024 - 4:00 pm
Search Video Recaps

Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Core Update Volatility, Helpful Content Update Gone, Dangerous Google Search Results & Google Ads Confusion

Apr 12, 2024 - 8:01 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google: Indexing & Algorithm Updates Are Independent

Apr 12, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Structured Data Carousels Beta Docs Clarifies Feature Availability & Markup Location

Apr 12, 2024 - 7:41 am

Google: Ranking In Shopping, Images & Other Verticals Doesn't Hurt Your Web Rankings

Apr 12, 2024 - 7:31 am
Previous Story: Stan The Google Dinosaur With RTO Squad Hat