Google Search Generative Experience Is Missing The Result Count

Jun 1, 2023 - 7:51 am 31 by
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Google's new Search Generative Experience seems to be missing one thing that SEOs and reporters often look at: the number of results Google returns for that query.

Some use it for a site command to see how many pages Google indexed from a site, which is not a good estimate. Some use it to say how important and competitive a topic is. Some use it to make a good headline about a topic. And some just like to see how many results Google can s how for a specific query.

But in the new Search Generative Experience, Google is not showing the result count as Glenn Gabe noted on Twitter.

Here is a raw site command on the new Search Generative Experience, there is no number of results being shown:

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I tried on mobile as well, same deal. But then I thought, why not just ask it like you would in real life, as a long query. So I searched for [how many pages did Google index on] and nope, it initially didn't generate an answer, so I clicked the generate AI response and it gave me this:

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The traditional search experience looks like this, by the way:

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31,200 results is what it returned. Again, site commands are not accurate, according to Search Console I have about 130,000 pages indexed. So it is probably a good thing the estimated result count is going away?

Here are Glenn's tweets:

Forum discussion at Twitter.


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