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New Google site search improved...

Milly [PersonRank 10]

Monday, April 11, 2005
13 years ago

I may be the last person to notice this, but Google's site search seems to have improved recently (sometime since 13th March 05, when I was frustrated at the lack of a feature, I'm pretty sure).

Previously, a site search was only for a whole domain, rather than being restrictable to sub-directories. That has now changed, and these 'map' searches, for example, produce different results :-

google.com/search?q=site:www.i ...

google.com/search?q=site:www.i ...

Or closer to home :-

google.com/search?&q=site: ...

google.com/search?&q=site: ...

Very useful :)

The Help doesn't reflect this yet :-

google.com/help/refinesearch.h ...

Milly [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

But it's got a bug ...

The last 6 results on this search are from the /notes/ sub-directory :-

google.co.uk/search?q=linux+si ...

Yet this shows no results :-

google.co.uk/search?q=linux+si ...

All 6 are from the infamous "Supplemental Result" index. So it seems the fine tuning of a sub-directory search is too fine for the coarse "Supplemental Result" index.

Worth bearing in mind, though unless you already 'know' the site, or are prepared to count the results, it's going to be hard to avoid unknowingly being bitten by the issue.

Milly
iMilly.com/bm.htm#Google_Trick ...

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