Coretron’s Tech Blog

August 29, 2008

Google and Others Limit Number of Search Results Available

Filed under: Google, Search, Technology — Tags: , , — coretron @ 2:31 pm

In an attempt to find my blog’s rank for a google search of “google blog” I have discovered that Google misleads you about the number of results. A search of “google blog” claims 105,000,000 results, start digging through them and you’ll quickly find there are no more than 726 results are available. But wait, “In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 726 already displayed.” Oh good, I didn’t think Google would do that. I click repeat search with omitted results, and I get only 94 results. There are other times I get the same limited results. When I click “10” to go to the 10th page of 100 results per page it turns out I get sent to the 8th page because there are only 726 results. Cuil claims 53,644,362 but only offers ~230 results for “google blog”. Yahoo always gives a clean thousand of the supposed 2×10^9 results. I understand that there are few practical reasons to give all the results, if a user didn’t find the result they wanted in the first 700 results then they need to alter their search terms. However, I can’t help but feel I have been bamboozled for all these years. Here’s a video of one of my attempts to get results, but go try for yourself. Outraged? Indifferent? Let me hear your thoughts.

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2 Comments »

  1. I tried this out too – same results. What is the drive behind the inflated results number? Is it that the engine counts each separate multiple link to the same page as 1 hit? Can you write to google and ask for an explanation?

    Comment by dani — September 4, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

  2. maybe google gets lazy after the first search…?

    Comment by Cesar — October 13, 2008 @ 7:13 pm


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