Google site command bug being fixed

Google is working on a fix with the site command, a command used to restrict the search results to a specific domain name. Google said “we are aware of an issue with the site: command that may fail to show some or any indexed pages from a website. We are investigating this and any potentially related issues.”

The announcement. Here is the announcement from the Google Search Liaison account:

Possible indexing issues. Around 11:30am ET some SEOs were asking Google if there were any indexing issues with Google. Google did not respond to these questions yet but did post this notice about the site command. Google said it is “investigating this and any potentially related issues.”

Here is the issue from Vlad Rappoport from earlier today:

Issue is resolved. At 3:25pm ET, Google said the issue is resolved. Here is what Google said.

Why we care. SEOs often use site command for debugging some types of SEO issues. Searchers, like me, often use the site command to find content on specific sites. Keep in mind, if you are using the site command for SEO, debugging or searching purposes that it currently does not fully work as expected.


About The Author

Barry Schwartz a Contributing Editor to Search Engine Land and a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry’s personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here.

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