View Full Version : Please help! Google Seems to have big Problem in Search Technology
06-10-2004, 03:09 AM
I am getting terrible results from Google.. Please correct me if I am wrong
For single keyword eZest I got 2220 results (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=eZest)
while for keyphrase eZest e-Zest getting 8020 (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=eZest+e-Zest)
Its against basic principle of search engines can anyone explain?
06-10-2004, 04:54 AM
I'm afraid I don't have an answer, but your problem intrigued me so I looked into a little bit. I certainly get the exact same results you get. I also got a little more data that I find interesting, but I don't know what it means. The problem seems to me to be the word without the hyphen (not what I was initially expecting). Here's what I found when I added some other terms:
ezest = 2110
ezest +email = 2240
ezest -email = 1910
Total = 4150
ezest -computer = 1660
ezest +computer = 2650
Total = 4310
ezest +HTML = 3770
ezest -HTML = 1510
Total = 5280
Doing the same tests with e-zest gives totals that approximately equal the number of pages when searching for e-zest alone (8330).
Perhaps there's some sort of strange filter at work. It may be aproblem with Google's calculation of the "about xxx results" number. Perhaps Google is just not recognizing the additional pages until it has to look harder. I can't test this because Google won't serve up results past number 1000.
I would love to understand this better. Sorry I don't have a better answer, but there's probably someone else out there with some better thoughts.
06-10-2004, 05:56 AM
I again tried with two similar words (email and e-mail) , but got logical results
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=email&btnG=Search : Total results : 288,000,000
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=email+e-mail : Total Results : 26,200,000
Also tried with two words, but got logical results Info-sys Infosys . That means this pattern has nothing do with "-" dash .
I was expecting similar pattern for eZest and e-Zest.
Look forward to more views and insights.
06-10-2004, 02:38 PM
allintext: eZest 1890
allintext: eZest e-Zest 47
That seems logical .....
On the second term eZest e-Zest isn't google just looking for both ?
06-10-2004, 08:53 PM
Yeah it is, before from what i recall google would not look at as many results as it does not. From what i can remember before the more keywords you put in the less comes up. Its still the same but for two word keywords it brings back a bunch of stuff.
if that makes any sense lol ;)
06-10-2004, 09:32 PM
Actually it isnt that baffling
ezest results + e-zest results + (ezest or e-zest or zest or e) - some duplication of results = more possibilities = more serps
06-10-2004, 09:44 PM
But still, why this logic not applicable to email and e-mail
06-11-2004, 01:50 AM
yeah, it is pretty odd.
once in a while you just sort of find things that don't make a ton of sense in google though. this is hardly the first one ;D
06-11-2004, 03:37 AM
[QUOTE=seo guy]Actually it isnt that baffling
ezest results + e-zest results + (ezest or e-zest or zest or e) - some duplication of results = more possibilities = more serps[/QUOTE]
I'm not sure I agree. None of the original queries included an "or" and none of them included anything that should have been misinterpreted as an "or" as far as I can tell.
ezest -- should retrieve all pages with this term
ezest e-zest -- should retrieve all pages with both terms
ezest AND e-zest should be the same as the line above, and, in fact, not only gives the same results, but also states that the "AND" is redundant.
So it's still not clear to me why the term alone returns fewer than the term joined to another term with the "AND" operator. I think it's clear that the term alone is not reporting all the pages that actually contain that term.
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